by guest blogger Veronica Buzby
July 18 2016, was a very special day where we all come together to honor Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC. 67 Blankets started when Mandela’s long-time assistant Zelda La Grange challenged our founder, Carolyn Steyn, to make 67 blankets for Mandela Day 2014. In 2009, the United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day, where global citizens are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to improve their local communities.
Our South African charity currently hold the Guinness World Book of Records for the largest knitted AND crochet blanket in the world! But here in the US, we are still growing and set ourselves a goal of 670 blankets for 2016. Mandela said “It’s in your hands now” and we have taken that to heart. We have engaged all facets of our community to join us on this journey and many of them were represented at the ceremony at the Embassy.
Churches, the military, schools, local yarn stores, community knit groups, senior centers, Girl Scouts (MD & DC), our Embassy and their spouses, Maryland juvenile detention centers, Red Heart Yarns, and finally our friends & relatives were all involved! We come from all different backgrounds, socio-economic groups, religions and races, but together we are warming the world, one stitch at a time as we craft these amazingly beautiful blankets with love. Blankets have been flowing in from all areas of the region and country!
We have so many people who have come together to do good for our local community! With every stitch, we knit together our lives, form new friendships and we are creating a new family – a 67 Blankets family. We thank all our contributors for their very generous donation of time and blankets to make this project a success – each and every square we receive counts! With thousands of yards of yarn, incalculable number of hours, hundreds of squares have been joined, and with a dash of Madiba magic….We are very blessed to report that we have surpassed our goal of 670 blankets!!! THANK YOU!!!!
Our blankets are donated with love to local charities and groups who serve those in our community most in need of warmth and comfort. 67 Blankets were handed out to EACH of the first two recipients of MANY of our special blankets – Central Union Mission DC, represented by Sharell Clifton and Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, represented by Renetta Davis.
Our project is ongoing! There are never enough blankets to share with community in need. Please help us to spread the word within your own community, at church, schools, family & friends. We thank you for our ongoing support of this amazing project.
What is 67 Blankets?
Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life to public service and human rights. 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela is a worldwide initiative to knit/crochet blankets for the less fortunate. Participants are invited to either make a blanket or contribute squares for us to join into blankets. We continue to grow this initiative here in the Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland area. We plan to distribute all blankets made to local charities in the Greater Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland Region. Let’s make some history right here in DC!! Spread the word and be Part of the FUN!
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
FOR MORE INFO
EMAIL: Veronica at Buzbyv@gmail.com
FACEBOOK GROUP: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela – Maryland
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela -Washington DC
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela (USA – East Coast)
Medium Size: 50×40″
Large Size: 50×70″
Single Square: 10×10″
Send completed blankets/squares to:
67 Blankets, 4321 Pleasant Path, Ellicott City MD 21043