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The young couple huddled under the weight of heavy burdens as they passed me in the hospital corridor. While only teenagers, they are now also parents.Their tiny newborn son remained in the hospital’s NICU baby ward at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, experiencing his first week in this cold, harsh world. The Parkland Hospital is the haven for North Texans struggling with pregnancy complications due to health issues or financial issues.
The lives of many are woven together in a unique tapestry during times of great challenges. Tonight’s tapestry began miles away, on the same evening, as a group of women gathers for a weekly visit, to finish quilts and other crafted blankets for the newborns of Parkland Hospital. Each week another new pattern is admired and then everyone settles into their quiet conversations and handcrafting. Newcomers watch in awe as they see the accomplishments of just one hour’s charity work each week.
The teenaged parents have a similar reaction when they receive baby’s first quilt only a few days later and begin their journey as a family.
How You Can Help
You can help by crocheting for charity programs in your community or overseas. Your local area is a great place to start. Check with hospitals, nursing homes, and church organizations about local groups who organize crocheting for charity programs. In addition, ask about other crafting activities for charity. Some groups focus on sewing, quilting, or other types or projects. While offering your skills, be sure ti understand the program and find an outlet that is personally meaningful to you.
I gain a personal satisfaction from working with local charity groups and local recipients, especially for yarn-based projects and opportunities to crochet for charity groups. Many national organizations have local chapters in larger cities. Some of these are:
|Care Wear||National (U.S.)||Sew, Knit or Crochet-Free Patterns on website.||Baby items distributed in hospitals.|
|Project Linus||International – 364 Chapters||Sewing, Quilting, Knit or Crochet.||Blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children|
|Threads of Love||International||Sew, Knit or Crochet – Free Patterns on website||Premature babies in neo-natal care units (NICU)|
|Warming Families||International||Sew, Knit or Crochet– Free Patterns on website||Blankets for homeless and displaced families.|
The possibilities are endless when you set your mind, and more importantly, your heart, to this goal and use your skills and talents to enrich a tiny life, a tiny family or an entire world.
What are your favorite charity programs for crochet work?