With the Wrapped in Comfort program of All Shades of Pink, you can crochet for breast cancer patients and offer comfort and warmth.
Fighting any cancer, including breast cancer, is an ordeal in itself. The pain, illness, and worries for the future are enough to try the toughest individuals.
Now imagine you also feel desperately alone. You are struggling to pay utility bills. And you have children and don’t really know how to explain to them what is wrong.
Denice Whalen-White founded All Shades of Pink to address such issues.
The All Shades of Pink Mission
All Shades of Pink (or ASOP)’s approach has four programs.
1. Wrapped in Comfort, whereby women newly diagnosed with breast cancer receive hand-crocheted granny square blankets. These crocheted blankets give patients comfort in times of pain and trials. They remind patients that they aren’t alone. And they help to provide a buffer against loneliness, worry, and fear.
2. Utility Assistance Fund. This offers financial assistance to patients who are struggling to pay bills. In this article, Whalen-White notes that this program is the biggest reason she wanted to begin ASOP.
It just bothered me that someone who is already battling a major illness would have to deal with sitting in the dark because they couldn’t afford electricity. I just felt that it was a lot for any person to deal with.”
3. Youth Awareness Coloring Book, which helps families have conversations with their children in comforting and non-frightening ways about the disease.
4. Facing Our Fear. This program helps families and their friends learn about breast cancer. It also teaches how to create the best and most positive environment for breast cancer patients to overcome their illness.
Wrapped in Comfort: How You Can Crochet for Breast Cancer Patients
For those who love to crochet, the Wrapped in Comfort program is an exciting way to crochet for breast cancer patients. The object is simple: crochet a 48″ x 48″ blanket using a granny square stitch. ASOP offers its very own crochet pattern, so you don’t have to search the Internet for the perfect pattern.
If you’re a knitter who wants to improve your crochet skills, this is a great program to join, too. The simple pattern is a wonderful way to practice crochet stitches!
If you’re excited and eager to start crocheting, note that ASOP has very specific guidelines for the Wrapped in Comfort program. To wit:
1. They ask that you use only their pattern. On this page, click “Wrapped in Comfort” to open up more information about the program, including a link to their pattern. They wish to ensure that all patients get consistent blankets, so it is essential that you use only this pattern.
2. They also ask that you use only these colors of Red Heart Super Saver — again, for the sake of consistency.
- Soft White
- Baby Pink
- Petal Pink
- Light Raspberry
- Shocking Pink
- Perfect Pink
- Pretty n’ Pink
- Pink Tones
- Pink Camo
- Candy Print
3. One final request is that you use no more than 4 of the preceding colors per blanket.
Follow these guidelines, and follow the pattern exactly, and you’ll make a perfect blanket that will bring untold comfort to a breast cancer patient.
Make it Happen – Crochet for Breast Cancer Patients!
ASOP lives in Maryland, in the Washington, DC area. In addition to accepting blankets, they also meet once a month at a local church to crochet together. You can find out about these meetings in the sidebar of their Programs page.
You can, of course, also contribute from a distance! ASOP asks volunteers from afar to fill out a commitment form. You can simply send the form in with any blankets you create. You’ll find the commitment form linked to under “Volunteer for Comfort Crochet” on their Volunteer page.
Finally, do you have friends and family who don’t crochet but who might want to contribute to the ASOP cause? Be sure to share their Donation page.
Love to crochet? Or simply want to get better while helping a great cause? Visit the ASOP website and get inspired to crochet for breast cancer patients!