In this new year, it is our desire to continue bringing hope, healing, and peace to people in need in our own neighborhoods and around the world. Our collective work of stitching hats, mittens, scarves, blankets, and Peace Pals truly makes a difference in others' lives. This difference is the reason we knit, crochet, weave, and quilt. It is the reason we visit our homeless neighbors with a handshake and warm hat in hand; we fill our suitcases for an overseas trip to bring sleeping mats and Peace Pals to children living in villages and hospitals in need of comfort. The difference made is a tangible sense of hope and dignity that each individual receives when they get an item you've stitched for them.
Thanks to you, we have delivered over: 7,200 Peace Pals, (about 600 per month!) 6,500 adult, youth, and baby hats, 2,000 scarves, and 300 quilted sleeping mats around the world! Thank you for your donations in 2018! Thanks to Knitting4Peace volunteer, Lee Eitel, and K4P Delivery Coordinator, Mary Ellen Garrett, for compiling these incredible numbers!
California Crocheting: Stories of Hope and Recovery
This November, we were fortunate to visit Homeboy Industries and Teen Project to learn from these empowering organizations. In return, we were able to teach some of the organizations' members how to crochet and tell them about the work we do in the world. We formed meaningful connections which we hope will grow in 2019.
Since January of this year, we’ve been busy! You, our friends, from California to Canada and France to Fort Wayne have crocheted, knitted, quilted, and woven over 16,000 items for people in need in this year alone!
As a community, we stand in unity and solidarity with our neighbors at Casa de Paz. This Aurora, CO based non-profit provides temporary houses to individuals once they leave the immigration detention center in Aurora.
As Knitting4Peace moves energetically into its 13th year, we have a lot to celebrate! We have created 152,719 items and served more than 139,326 marginalized and vulnerable individuals in communities across our own country, and in 79 countries around the world.