I've recently started a project in my area (Central MA) with our local rape crisis center. I am crocheting scarves which are then brought to the rape crisis counselors and put in their kits. They give them out when they go on a new rape/abuse call. The purpose of the scarf is to let the abuse victim know that they are not alone. Someone whom they don't even know cares and understands what they are going through. My hope is that eventually many of these scarves will be made by other survivors like myself to pass on. Friends and family of survivors are also invited to make them. That is why I am coming here asking for your help. I have found this group to be very generous and I need a little help getting this project off the ground. Abuse victims feel so alone especially when it first happens to them. I know first hand how these scarves can help to make them feel better. They don't have to wear them, but just holding them can make a big difference. If you are inclined to make one, my only requests are that you use a soft yarn, and preferably at least 5" x 60". You can PM me for my address or with any questions. Thank you! *** We are now also accepting wristbands (popular with the younger survivors) and lapsquares. Please see the website for more details.
It was suggested that I give you a little more info about my project. I call it Compassionate Creations. I came up with the name because some friends wanted to contribute, but they don't know how to crochet or knit, but do knotted fleece scarves. They are nice, soft, and made with love, so I feel they would be wonderful too. I will take scarves to the Rape Crisis Center of Central MA and they will be distributed from there. Before I take them there, I will package them with a ribbon and a small card that states: "A gift from someone who understands the pain you are facing, and who wants you to know you are not alone. Each stitch was created for you as a sign of comfort and support."
A link to the website is in my signature that explains everything in more detail and gives our mailing address.
The website is: www.compassionatecreations.cfsites.org
You can also reach me by e-mail at compassionatecreations AT charter DOT net
see some of our donators favorite patterns listed here on page 49, post 963.
Edited by grannyannie, 13 September 2013 - 04:04 PM.