Crochet for Charity – The Magic Yarn Project
Today I want to do something different, and take a moment to tell you about an AMAZING charity I recently learned about, The Magic Yarn Project. This isn’t a sales pitch, just an awesome experience I had and want to pass on the warm fuzzies. As a fellow crocheter I know we are a big-hearted group, who love our craft, and love using our skills to help others. Christmas is a time when a lot of us, if we can, want to give, it is all about giving after all. There are many charities to give to and this year I would like you to consider this one.
It all happened by accident, us moms up here in Alaska are always on a quest to entertain the kids during the dark, cold winter months. My fellow bus stop companion and friend, being the nice person she is, invited me along to a yarnie craft for the mommies, and the kids were welcome to come run around, I’m SOLD.
The Magic Makers:
Our mission for the day was to assemble the hair and add the embellishments to these beautiful princess wigs. We spent 2-3 hours assembling these wigs, and it was a BLAST, not only that but it felt really good!
One of the coolest things about this was seeing all of the small efforts, from all around the world, come together to make these wigs. From crocheting beanies, and embellishments, making cards, to putting them together in a pretty package, it really takes a whole village or in this case an entire nation. Let me tell ya, it was really cool to see the card make its way from a far-away land from a good-hearted crocheter to us who were assembling the items. I truly felt connected to crochet lovers from all over.
I want to take a moment and talk about out instructor or known as a Chapter Leader, another very big-hearted lady, who gives ALOT. The Chapter Leader helps organize these types of gatherings, making sure we have the supplies, and more importantly making sure these wigs will with-stand children’s play. There are hours spent days before prepping for this gathering, so we can just show up. Her work doesn’t stop there, with a group of this size we had tons of questions, she works very hard running around helping all of us muddle our way through it. She even pulled my wig out and gave it a QC check, and thank goodness she did, I didn’t do exceptionally well glueing on my embellishments, not even thinking glue blobs would cause and uncomfortable wig. Bottom line, these people really care and really want these wigs to be used.
How it works:
What I like about the Magic Yarn Project (other than it’s just amazing to make kids smile) is no matter your budget, skill level, or time there are many ways you can help. All these items below are clickable links, directly to The Magic Yarn Project’s website, where you can learn more information.
- Make a needed item to donate, check out what they need here.
- Donate Money right here.
- Donate Supplies.
- Host a workshop.
- Become a Chapter Leader.
These ladies do a great job keeping their website updated with their current needs, if you visit their link right here you can get a list of what they are need of, at any time of the year.
Support The Magic Yarn Project with me:
Because this warmed my heart so much, and these girls are right here in Alaska, I want to be apart of what they do, from now until January 1st, I will match every item you make for The Magic Yarn Project. I do not have the means for dollar to dollar donations, but I do always have yarn, so I’ll match ya for your crochet items. Send me your photos with an addressed envelope ready to go and I’ll make one up to and post it right here so we can see the impact. I understand the holidays are busy if you can’t get to it for this season, don’t worry they do this all year just visit my sidebar at any time for a direct link to The Magic Yarn Project.
Here’s what you need to do if you would like to participate and have me match your makes:
- Visit The Magic Yarn Project and their Items needed page right here.
- Select and make the item. Make sure to use the materials and pattern provided on their website.
- Take a photo of your item with the addressed envelope.
- Email me your photo at email@example.com
- Complete and mail your piece to The Magic Yarn Project. Hint the mailing address can be found at the bottom of their website.
For every photo I receive I will in turn make that item, post my photo with your photo right here on this post, and mail my finished piece.
Lets get these girls what they need to bring these kids a smile.
Thank you for considering this charity.