With slippers, washcloths, and pet blankets, your charity knitting can help women and children escaping domestic violence
The Pink Slipper Project is a program designed to help women and children living in domestic violence shelters. While it was featured in a Knitting Nuggets Newsletter about four years ago, it has not been featured on the Knitting for Charity website until now.
I think we all are aware, unfortunately, of the problem domestic violence continues to be in our society. While it is an unbelievable shame that shelters are necessary, I think we can all be grateful that they exist to offer protection and healing for women and children escaping abusive situations.
But escaping to a shelter is just the first step. When families are forced to escape a violent situation, their sense of security and self-worth have been battered. Often they struggle to accept that they are worthy of kindness.
The Pink Slipper Project seeks to help by collecting and distributing handmade slippers to shelters all over the country for these survivors. Not only do these slippers warm their feet — a valuable asset, when you consider how often abuse survivors must leave without many, if any, of their belongings — but they also serve as a tangible reminder that someone cared enough to offer their time and efforts to provide a gift.
Since the Pink Slipper Project’s inception in 2009, thousands of handmade slippers have been sent nationwide. Today, the program sends not only slippers but also washcloths and – for those shelters that also accept pets – pet blankets. Because the children who come to shelters are not always girls, the Project requests slippers of all colors, including gender-neutral colors.
How You Can Help
If you’re touched by the Pink Slipper Project’s mission and want to help, the best thing to do is visit their Facebook page and “Like” it. The Project posts “challenges” to their Facebook page, made up of the number of items needed for a specific shelter, and asks for volunteers to pledge whatever number of items they feel they can make. Volunteers pledge by posting comments to the challenge posts. A more complete set of directions as to how the Project operates with its volunteers can be found on their Facebook page here.
The Pink Slipper Project is an amazing way to help victims of domestic violence all over the country. If this is a cause that touches your heart, I hope you’ll consider contributing with your needles and yarn.