Monday, January 18, 2010

Doing Good Works


Crafters are such generous people. Debra has spearheaded an effort to send pillowcases to service members in Afghanistan, which you can find out about at Operation Pillowcase. Her goal is to send 50 pillowcases to one unit, and I've sewn up a few myself towards the effort. In less than a week, and with the help of some friends, she's halfway toward her goal.


Others have posted about ways to contribute toward the Haitian earthquake relief. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot, has been championing Doctors Without Borders for years, and the post-earthquake donations her readers have reported to her blog have put the total contributions of her Knitters Without Borders over $750,000. Knitters can flex some major charitable muscle.


Crazy Aunt Purl posted instructions on how to make small donations to the Red Cross and to other groups using your cell phone. She reports that over 7 million dollars has been collected to far for Haitian relief using the mobile giving campaign.

With so much loss and suffering, it's good to know we can each do our small part, and that these small efforts add up to a groundswell of tangible help to those in need.

7 comments:

beth said...

Thank you for all the links. It's great to be able to work together to help others in their time of need. Your first picture caught my eye! I have that red fabric with gold trees. I bought it at a quilt "rummage sale" and wondered about it. Did you buy it? Do you know who manufactured it? I really liked it and wondered about it's history.

sophie said...

This morning I heard on the news that the total was now $ 21 Million from the cell phone text/donation. Isn't that amazing?

Plays with Needles said...

This is a great idea!

Debra said...

Thanks for coming on board with your pillowcases and spreading the word!

冷淡 said...

great ...........................................................

floribunda... aka Julie said...

Debra sent me a link to you when I asked about west-coast pillowcase makers -- I'm in Oakland. Happy to find your blog! A friend's son is in school at Humboldt so we definitely heard earthquake stories... has your heart-rate gone down all the way yet?

Magpie Sue said...

I'll have to look into the pillowcase project. Meanwhile, did you know about the Etsy shop set up by CraftHope specifically to raise funds for Haiti? The money raised also goes to Doctors Without Borders. I've donated two of my little pin dolls to the effort.