Sunday, April 10, 2011

Donating for a Cause through Crochet

During tragedies, there are always scammers that will set up shop over night, to take advantage of the good nature of human beings.  Don't let that stop you from donating! Just be aware! When donating during a tragedy or any time, keep in mind that emergency supplies and support will have priority entering the devastation zone.  If you send a handmade item, it could set in a cargo bin for months as emergency needs are met first.


Here are some tips to think about when you are making your decision on how you will donate.
  1. Research thoroughly, with donating monetarily or sending your handmade work
  2. Find a trusted non-profit organization or church that has direct ties in the country
  3. Make sure there is a need
Food for Thought: How would you feel if you made several crochet blankets, to discover they got dumped in the garbage? Maybe they end up on Ebay through misrepresentation, with profit going to a scammer, instead of the place you intended them to go!


I often feel that fiber artists are exploited through tragic events. What I would like to do is to challenge crocheters to look "Outside Your Backdoor" and find a way to help neighbors in your local community. No matter what community you live in, there is always a need!

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