Recently I posted about a military knitting charity called Operation Gratitude. It just so happens that I’ve found yet another military knitting charity, and this one is for their babies.
Operation Little Feet started a few years ago when a crochet enthusiast named Suzanne thought it would be fun to put together diaper bags for military families with newborns. Upon contacting her local USO (local referring to her location of Jacksonville, FL), she discovered that over 3,000 military babies are born in the state of Florida every year.
The USO’s development director, Bob Ross, added, “Many of the young/new military families are junior in rank and can use all the help they can get.”
Suzanne then had a brainstorm and realized that this was potentially a huge way to show love and support to the military. Today, Operation Little Feet makes and sends all sorts of baby items to the Greater Jacksonville USO: diaper bags, hats, booties, blankets, and so on.
The need is tremendous, but if I know anything about crochet crafters (knitters and crocheters alike), it’s that our desire to help is even greater!
How You Can Help
This is a tremendous opportunity for those who live in Florida to help young military families. You don’t have to live in Florida, of course; anyone who wants to help is more than welcome to do so.
You can get a little more information about the program here, including shipping information (or a local drop-off, if you live in Jacksonville).
If you need inspiration, check out this page, which offers beautiful photos of some of the adorable items that have already been donated.
Have questions? Want to find patterns you can knit for Operation Little Feet? Take a look at their Ravelry group page for more information.
This is a unique and special opportunity to help a young military family who may be overwhelmed (if also overjoyed) when a new baby arrives. Why not consider knitting for Operation Little Feet?