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Delivering our items is an experience that can be powerful beyond description, and can literally change your perspective on the world.
Community Purls is Knitting4Peace’s local delivery program that honors the vulnerable and marginalized “pearls” in our own communities by delivering requested items that provide comfort, warmth, and hope. To participate, follow these easy steps:
1. Identify community agencies, medical facilities, or schools that serve marginalized, homeless, and vulnerable populations in your local area.
2. Contact the agencies, medical facilities, or schools by phone or email. Tell them you’re affiliated with Knitting4Peace’s local delivery program and ask if they would like some of our items. The most frequently requested items are mittens, scarves, hats, shawls, baby blankets, Peace Pals, and sleeping mats.
3. You can create all the requested items locally or contact our Denver office and ask us to provide some items from our corporate inventory. Send your request by email to [email protected]. Include the following information: (a) name of the agency you’ll be delivering to, (b) the items you’d like us to provide, (c) the quantities of each item, (d) your ship-to address, (e) the date by which you need the items (allow at least 2 weeks), and (f) a summary of the items (with quantities) you plan to create locally. Your delivery will be highlighted in our monthly eNewsletter Community Purls column. If you don’t already receive our Newsletter, sign up on our website Homepage, left-hand column (www.knitting4peace.org)
4. If you create everything locally, send an email message to [email protected] with a list of the items (and quantities) you’ve delivered and the agency to whom you delivered. We’ll highlight your delivery in our monthly eNewsletter “Community Purls” column. If you don’t already receive our Newsletter, sign up on our website Homepage, left-hand column (www.knitting4peace.org)
Thousands of volunteers have delivered Knitting4Peace items in more than 78 countries. To join this team, follow these easy steps:
1. Honor our Code of Ethics: DO NO HARM! We make every effort possible to ensure that our deliveries do not compete with local craftspeople whose livelihood depends on selling their artistic creations.
2. Send an email to us ([email protected]) with the following information:
- Your destination, specifying the country and the intended recipients (school, orphanage, hospital, community organization, etc.) Tell us whether you plan to make the delivery yourself or with a group (and the approximate size of the group.)
- Specify the items you want to deliver and the quantity of each item. For Peace Pals, specify % male/female and preferred face color (tan, light brown, medium brown, dark brown.)
- Give us the address to which we should send the items and the date by which you need them (allow at least 3 weeks.) Knitting4Peace covers the cost of shipping the items to you. Any costs of transporting the items to their final destination is yours (extra baggage fees, etc.)
3. If you deliver items you create yourself (or are created by your local knitters/crocheters and are therefore items not provided from our Denver office) it is important for you to send those details via email to: [email protected].
4. Document your delivery by sending the following information by email to [email protected]:
- Photos that focus on the recipient and the item(s) received, not you or the environment. Please send in jpg format or we may not be able to use them.
- A brief description of your delivery experience. You can include specific factual details or describe your personal feelings about the experience. It can be as short or as long as you wish. Descriptive narratives and photos may be posted on our website or featured in an eNewsletter.
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