Your charity knitting for troops can bring comfort and warmth to injured servicepersons through the HAPpy Stitchers Afghan Project
A few weeks ago I mentioned the Facebook group HAPpy Stitchers Afghan Project in the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter for a brief introduction. Today, I’d like to let you know more about this great opportunity for charity knitting for troops.
I first heard of this group when one of its founders, Jan Wilcox, wrote to me with this message:
[Our group] makes afghans for injured servicepersons, homeless veterans and vets in veterans homes. We collect knitted and crocheted 6 x 9 rectangles and hold design events 2 times a year to combine them into twin size afghans.
We have a Facebook group if you would like to check us out. Closed group but just ask to join. My sister Annette and I started this group after a previous group that we were with disbanded.”
I joined their group shortly thereafter just to get a taste of what they’re all about. It’s a very active group of people passionate about charity knitting for troops (as well as crochet, of course).
Charity Knitting for Troops – the HAPpy Stitchers Afghan Project Story
While this group’s founders are based in Ohio, they send projects to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, the world’s largest American hospital outside of the United States. This particular hospital offers medical treatment to over 52,000 American military personnel and their families.
Jan gave me some more information about her history with this hospital:
We send afghans and pillows to them. My Mom stuffed the pillows until she was 106 and died at age 107. She was their oldest volunteer, and they had her picture posted in the Red Cross office. My daughter Beth (age 42, with autism) now stuffs the pillows. We have some pictures on our site of the pillows. They are used under arms and legs of the wounded in the hospital. Also especially on the long plane ride home.”
The group hopes to add more hospitals and facilities to their reach as they grow with charity knitting for troops and veterans, too. For instance, Jan says:
We are working on providing more afghans for Sandusky Veterans home in Sandusky, OH. They have over 500 residents. We have delivered 55 so far. We are crocheting together ones designed especially for women, as 25 woman vets live there and rarely receive donations. Hope to get them delivered sometime in February. We will also take things especially for women, like hats, scarves, gloves, lip gloss, and shampoo.”
How You Can Help with Charity Knitting for Troops
This is a wonderful group to join if you love to make squares! As mentioned above, the group accepts 6” by 9” squares, either knitted or crocheted. They hold design events to stitch the afghans together, so if you live near Vanlue, Ohio (or would love to travel!), you can participate in these. The group can always use help with joining squares! They appreciate donations to help cover postage,too.
Their guidelines are pretty simple. In addition to the size requirement, they request no overly hole-y or lacy patterns, no pastel colors, and no peace symbols or yellow stars. The group offers featured colors every month, making it easy to switch things up periodically. They appreciate receiving sets of 7 squares at a time. Be sure to weave in ends as securely as possible. Also, use only 100% washable acrylic yarn.
You’ll want to join the Facebook group if you would like to participate. While the group is closed, they do accept requests pretty quickly. I believe they accepted my request within minutes! In addition to information about the group, you’ll find nonstop inspiration in the form of photos of beautifully made squares. There’s also a pinned post at the top with knitting and crochet patterns. Just click the “comments” link to see the patterns.
To get the shipping address, all you have to do is send a private message to Jan.
What a terrific way to help servicemembers abroad get the comfort and warmth they need through charity knitting for troops!