Well, my order of 100% cotton, Sugar ‘n Cream yarn came in today. These will come in very handy for making Soap Sacks. If you remember, I discussed the Soap Sacks in my previous post, “Hello Again!” I first learned about them in Jonah Larson’s book, “Giving Back Crochet” published by Annie’s Craft Store.com. Soap Sacks are easy and fast, so you will feel like a success in no time! Then further research led me to the Facebook group, SACK – Supporting a Community With Kindness”. Their mission is as follows:
S.A.C.K. (Supporting A Community with Kindness) is a 501(c)3 Public Charity organization, made from a social community of people that promote the donation of bars of soap in hand crocheted and knitted soap sacks to groups and facilities in need.
In the picture you can also see the scarf I am currently working on and the last of the little caps I made. These will all get dropped off at a local shelter.
And if knitting and crocheting aren’t your thing, how about hosting a Sole Hope party? (solehope.org). Their mission is to aid the thousands of people in Uganda who suffer from a foot parasite called jiggers. Because these people have no shoes, jiggers burrow into the soles of their feet and keep people from walking, working, playing, or going to school. A party kit is $99 and contains the material needed to make the tops of 5 pairs of shoes. Upon completion, you would return these to the Sole Hope head. quarters. Or, you could donate, or be a spokesperson for Sole Hope. All the information is on their website. I know we can’t “party” in person, but you could try a Zoom party We did that for our Twelfth Night Party, and it seemed to be a success.
And, what if you don’t feel crafty? Nothing wrong with that. I invite you to meet The Shoe That Grows (https://because international.org/the-soe-that-grows). This is a shoe that expands 5 sizes and is created for children living in poverty. According to their site, over 1.5 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases and death. These shoes actually look like a well-made sandal. I imagine that with the climate in Kenya, warmth isn’t an issue. The issue is protecting the soles of their feet from jiggers and other parasites. This company also employs the people in the areas they service as a vehicle to give them access to a livable wage. According to the U.N., 783 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Working with The Shoe That Grows gives them the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty. If you go on service trips to Africa or work with an existing organization, you can provide shoes that way, or include them in Christmas boxes or participate in a monthly donation program. Because International (the parent company) also produces the Bednet Buddy. Bednet Buddy is a free-standing tent that is treated with insecticide, so it not only protects the child from the mosquitos that carry malaria, it kills them so they are unable to breed and spread. Most bednets need to be suspended from a ceiling, but many children in other countries sleep in outdoor unprotected areas. Bednet Buddy folds up, it is portable, and it easily pops up. Malaria threatens half of the world’s population, with children ages 0 – 5 being the most vulnerable. With Bednet Buddy and the Shoe That Grows you can make a one-time donation or sign up to give on a monthly basis. All of these ideas are fairly affordable. If you plan to give up something for Lent, give the proceeds to this most deserving organization or the charity of your choice.
Well I’m going to take this time to make a cup of tea, and settle down to my crocheting.
I wish you all good things.
“I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.” Albert Schweitzer