Editor’s Note: Thank you again to everyone who participated in Breanna’s project. Please note that we are no longer accepting donations at the office, as the project has ended for this year. Thank you!
Attention all knitters and crocheters: I have an exciting opportunity for us all to give back – it’s called Project Winter Warmth.
From now until November 28, Project Winter Warmth will be collecting knit and/or crochet hats, mittens/gloves and scarves for those in need. Donations are needed in all sizes (newborn, adult and children) and will benefit charities in desperate need of these items, mainly the Meals on Wheels program, The INNs Homeless Program, and any local schools where children are in need of these winter items. There are no yarn or pattern requirements for these donations – use whatever you have on hand!
Project Winter Warmth was started by Kenosha high school student Breanna Ricchio (pictured below) who has a passion for helping others. Breanna, along with her teammates on the Bradford High School Girls Varsity Soccer team, hopes to collect enough handmade sets to donate to all of the charities listed above.
When Breanna contacted me a few days ago, I was so excited to help her get the word out about her great cause – she’s from my hometown Kenosha, WI! Breanna started the Winter Warmth Project through the encouragement of her mother. “My mom has always done a lot of charity work and I always tagged behind to help her … She mentioned I should try something on my own. This is the idea I came up with. It’s great my coach and fellow team mates are going to help me out,” she said.
How you can help:
Project Winter Warmth will be collecting knit and/or crochet hats, mittens/gloves and scarves for those in need from now until November 28. Send all of your donations to our office address here:
Project Winter Warmth
Attn: Caitlin Kavanaugh
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 220
Northbrook, Il 60062
Once I receive all the donations by the end of November, I’ll be delivering them to Breanna and Bradford High School in one big load. I live right by her school – what a small world. 🙂
As a special treat: For everyone who sends us a donation, I’ll enter your name into a special contest for a prize package from AllFreeKnitting. We gave away a $50 prize basket for our last charity challenge, so I promise it will be good!
Remember, you can use any pattern you would like, but here are a couple of our favorites from AllFreeKnitting.com. We also have plenty of free patterns for scarves, hats and mittens/gloves to choose from!