We couldn’t have achieved this without the efforts of all of you, starting with:
Donors: $$$ and yarn donors. We use $$$ to finance the cost of shipping but also to buy yarn. Every scarf starts with yarn. We’d have no comfort scarves without it. Thank you so much.
Measurers: We have several types of measurers. Those who measure the fun fur/novelty yarn that we put on both ends of every scarf we make. And those who measure the B yarn for all our kits, Magic Balls and Ready to Knit. Thank you so much.
Winders: Again, we have two types of winders. Those who wind skeins of yarn into balls so they can be measured. And those who wind measured yarn into Magic Balls. Thank you so much.
Scarf makers: Knitters and crocheters alike turn yarn into beautiful comfort scarves. Some use our yarn; some use their own yarn. No matter where the yarn comes from, the resultant comfort scarf is what’s important. You made 2,100 comfort scarves for today’s shipping, one scarf at a time. Wow. Thank you so much.
Wrappers: The wrappers really showed up for this event. So many participated. It was really heartwarming (or at least it warmed my heart) to see so many of Handmade’s volunteers wrap recently knitted/crocheted comfort scarves and deliver them in time to be included in today’s shipping. Newly wrapped scarves arrived even today. That’s dedication. Thank you so much.
Shippers: The shippers packed boxes (more than 56 because a few shelters received as many as 250 scarves. That number doesn’t fit into one box!). Sealed boxes. And set them outside in front of my garage door so UPS can pick them up later today. It took a lot of actual work. The shippers needed a lot of stamina and they had it. They finished the job. Amazing. Thank you so much.
Behind the scenes volunteers: box openers, box makers, gift tag printers, hole punchers, scarf hospital doctor, bookkeeper, web site manager, bin hosts, drivers/liaisons, and probably a lot more people who do so many jobs behind the scenes (hope I didn’t forget any, but if I did, you’re included!) that make Handmade Especially for You the smooth running, high achieving, successful non-profit that we are. Thank you so much.
I personally appreciate your work ethic and your dedication. On the other side, I know the women at the shelters are grateful for the comfort scarves we send them. Really. Give yourself a big pat on the back. You’re the greatest!
Handmade’s mission is to help abused women who have escaped their abusive environment and sought the protection of a shelter. Hope you’re sitting down when you read the numbers: 171,620 comfort scarves since the end of 2008 when we started; 4,380 so far in 2023; 16,020 hats since we started; 410 so far in 2023; 3,999 baby items since we started.