67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela celebrates his Centennial Birthday with Donations at the Capital 

The cold weather seemed to cooperate on Dec 5th 2017 as 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day commemorated the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s passing. As part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, 67 Blankets presented 67 scarves to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Hundreds of scarves were collected for distribution.

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Warm Up America has Neighborhood Spirit

Warm Up America! was started by Evie Rosen whose dream was based on Neighbors helping Neighbors. Evie was a former yarn shop owner in Wausau, WI. In 1990, frustrated by the great need for blankets for the homeless and her inability to knit large quantities fast enough, she came up with the idea of dividing up the process and asking friends to knit and crochet small 7” by 9” sections. Now a nationwide program of the Craft Yarn Council, individuals and groups are encouraged to complete and donate afghans in their own community. To date, hundreds of thousands of afghans and accessories have been distributed to people in need by Warm Up America groups and through the CYC office.

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#StitchAHug for Breast Cancer Support

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers. Chances are you have a person close to you who has had it — according to the American Cancer Society, “breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women” and it is “second as a cause of cancer death in women”. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have some ways you can #StitchAHug and support patients and their families. Some of these are specific to breast cancer, but others are relevant to all cancers as well as other serious illnesses.

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Cro-Shayley Joins Neighborhood Stitch Club

Cro-Shayley Joins Neighborhood Stitch Club

My family and I just moved back to North Carolina from Mississippi a few months ago. It feels so good to be closer to our loved ones! We found a great neighborhood to live in that has all types of clubs to join to get to know people. I got an alert in my email one day for a new group for knitters and crocheters called Stitch for a Cause. I love to crochet and I enjoy making things for special causes so I had to join! The cause we are stitching for through January is for the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts. We’re making red newborn hats to raise awareness for heart disease and defects.
Little Hats Big Hearts

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Share the Love! Free Hats for Charity eBook

Knitters and crocheters have a long tradition of using their needles and hooks to share with others and to let those going through a difficult time know that they care. One of the most popular type of project to give is a cozy hat. If you are a person looking to give to those in need you’ll want to view this eBook – Hats for Charity. It is a collection of 15 of the best and easiest Red Heart hat patterns presented in one easy to reference eBook along with their patterns.

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