(CHARLOTTE, NC) Red Heart is announcing the conclusion of the four-year partnership with Special Olympics, via the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project. Since its inception in 2009 at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, knitters across the United States have supported local Special Olympics athletes by knitting and crocheting scarves for their use.
Special Olympics North America will not be conducting a USA Scarf Project in 2013. We sincerely regret any disappointment this causes and appreciate your generosity.
Special Olympics and Red Heart Yarn would like to thank the thousands of dedicated volunteers who donated to the 2011 and 2012 USA Scarf Projects. Special Olympics Programs across the United States were overwhelmed with the generosity of those who took considerable time and effort to knit and crochet scarves for their athletes and supporters.
The program became so popular that donations outpaced the number of Special Olympics winter athletes and supporters. It was as important to us, as we know it was to you, that each and every scarf made it into the hands of the intended recipient – an athlete or supporter – something we cannot ensure going forward, due to the high volume of excess scarves. Special Olympics will distribute the extra scarves received in 2012 during the 2013 winter games season.
“Our employees have donated hundreds of scarves over the past four years, and will certainly miss the Special Olympics Scarf Project.” said Alyson Bell, Handknitting Director of Marketing at Coats & Clark. “But Red Heart is about giving back to our communities and, as such, we will be selecting a new charity to support going forward. We will make an announcement as soon as a decision is made, and encourage all our participants to join us in supporting our next charity of choice.”
Official Project Website: http://www.scarvesforspecialolympics.org/