Last week, my husband and I were very fortunate to be of the few not affected by the storm, Sandy. We were glued to our TV, watching what the devastation had wrought. Our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone who has lost their homes and/or are shivering without power. The last couple days have been frigid outside. I heard on the news last night that some people, especially in Long Island, may not be getting their power and heat back until Thanksgiving.
Besides donating money, I searched online to see how I could help as a crafter. Two bloggers, Brett Bara from Manhattan Craft Room and Natalie Sound from A Dose of the Delightful, have organized a craftalong called, Make It Better – A Craftalong for Sandy Relief, for those who want to donate handmade items. They are looking for hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and blankets — basically anything that can keep people warm.
They need these items ASAP so that their volunteers can distribute them to those in need next week. If you want to send your handmade items, click the link above for additional information and the shipping address.
They also recommend some easy and free patterns online. I’m knitting a simple hat pattern that’s free on Lion Brand’s site. I cast on some Lion Brand Homspun yarn I had in my stash last night and I’m about halfway done. I expect I’ll be able to send the hat off tomorrow.
Lion Brand Simple Hat pattern
Speaking of Lion Brand, if you are in the New York City area, they are hosting a Stitching for Sandy event on November 14th. They’ll be donating free yarn — you just have to BYON (bring your own needles). You can also bring by your finished scarves, hats, gloves, mittens or blankets by the Lion Brand Yarn Studio between now and Nov. 16th. All donations will go to World Vision for Sandy victims.
If you can’t turn around a project quickly, there are other ways you can help. The Occupy Movement has taken their social mobilization savvy and created regional Occupy Sandy chapters. You can volunteer or even donate through their Amazon registry, which lists items that they need — like batteries, diapers and cleaning supplies.