Day of Caring

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and, to honor Dr. King's legacy of service to his community, our university hosts a Day of Caring where people sign up to work on service projects all around the city. The thought is that just having the day off to do nothing wasn't really what Dr. King and his tireless efforts were all about. The Education Students Advisory Council, the group that I am President of, decided to hold one of our Crafters for a Cause events today to do service for others.
The 15 blankets shown here were made in the two hour crafting session for Crafters for a Cause (CFC). CFC is the organization I started at school last semester that makes blankets for wounded soldiers overseas and for infants and children here in the US going through traumatic events. Check out the websites for Project Linus and Soldiers Angels-Blankets of Hope for organizations in your area that make blankets for those in need. It takes minimal crafting skills and doesn't take much time to do. In the 3 sessions we had last semester we made 101 blankets for people in need. We hope to make even more this semester! We already have 15 down and we have 3 more sessions left to go!!
nice colors
posted January 18th, 2010  
Love the project. The blankets look like fun.
posted January 18th, 2010  
Sara, I am so impressed with the variety of ways that you give back: Student Council, knitting scarves for your students, starting and participating in Crafters for a Cause. Add schoolwork and it's no wonder that you don't have any time for sleep! Going to China is going to be a RELIEF! :-)
posted January 18th, 2010  
Thank you ladies! Denise, it is a lot but I always feel that a gift not used in service to others is a gift wasted. I hope I get a little break in China but not too much. I am starting a little English library over there at the school where I'll be teaching. We did a book drive and got over 3,000 books donated to our partner schools (schools that work that allow our student teachers to be placed there) Most of the books are going to a local middle/high school library, that has way too many bare shelves. Still, about 100 of them go to the school I will be teaching at in China! I am so excited about that! Honestly, if I didn't need a paycheck eventually...I would do nothing but charity work. If I ever win the lottery, that is what I will do. =)
posted January 18th, 2010  
What a wonderful project to be involved in! Lovely photo too!
posted January 19th, 2010  
Outstanding project. And...what great colors and angle in this photo.
posted January 19th, 2010  
Thanks Ladies! If you ever want to do a service project and make some easy blankets with your kids you should try these two sites http://soldiersangels.org/index.php?page=blankets-of-hope http://www.projectlinus.org/

It is so easy! Even kids that can't tie their shoes yet can make the infant blankets for Project Linus. Many people bring their kids to our sessions and they really into it. =)
posted January 19th, 2010  
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