WARM for WINTER
Homelessness Awareness Project
WARM for WINTER ~ Homelessness Awareness Project
Dear WarmforWinter Participants!
Thank you All for your continued honored time and efforts creating beautiful handmade hat and scarf gifts for individuals awaiting low income affordable housing.
2012 WarmforWinter Volunteers donated over 3,200 handmade hats and scarves 33,000 have been gifted to date!
You are cordially invited to the Annual Downtown Fair March 10th 1-4PM 1902 Second Avenue Seattle, WA 98101.
* Start a knitting / crocheting group, organize a knitting social, plan a Thanksgiving Blessing of the Hats and Scarves Service at your House of Worship! Any size, pattern or color handmade hats and scarves are always welcome. Free Hat Patterns here
Remember to write to us with your Knitting Socials, Photos, Stories and or ideas!
* We are happy to announce that during the month of October Pacific Fabric Stores will once again be supporting our neighbors without homes through collecting handmade hats and scarves for the WarmforWinter project !
More about Warm for Winter:
As a way to bring awareness to the very real, inexcusable fact that homelessness exists, Muslim sister Janice Tufe inspired individuals and communities from all faith traditions to begin hand sewing, crocheting and knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. This project began in 2006 and continues....
Janice has witnessed first hand how this small, simple, kind gift can be the difference between life and death for a person living on the streets.
Janice often delivers the handmade items to homeless shelters in the Seattle area herself, but this year she is welcoming each community to collect them within their community and hold a blessing of the scarves, then deliver them directly to the shelters.
Contact Janice at warmforwinter1 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Handmade hats and scarves gifted to Warm for Winter were invited into the 2006 Praise & Thanksgiving Interfaith Celebration for a
"Blessing of the Scarves"
offered by clergy of many faith and spiritual traditions.
The photo on this page preserves the occasion, held in the St. Patrick Church Sanctuary.(Janice is standing with Liturgical dancer Betsey Beckman and the youth of St. Pat's as she shares about homelessness.)
Janice now inspires all communities to hold a blessing of the scarves and hats before delivery. If you would like the opportunity to deliver the handmade hats and scarves collected by your community,
here is a list of homeless shelters
that welcome Warm for Winter hats and scarves for their beneficiaries.
Download WARM for WINTER full color tri-fold brochure here and flyer here
Pacific Fabric stores collected handmade hats and scarves throughout the month of October 2012.
Follow this link for participating stores; http://www.pacificfabrics.com/StoreLocations/index.htm
Homelessness Facts for Reflection:
In Washington state, at some point during the recent school year 18,000 kindergarten through high school students experienced homelessness. Men compromise the largest population of homeless followed by families, women and youth.
WARM for WINTER May 2012 newsletter HERE
WARM for WINTER October 2011 newsletter HERE.