“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Fred Rogers
Monday was an emotional day. My heart is reaching out to all those affected in the Boston Marathon explosions. It doesn’t matter who did it. The point is people died, including a child, and many others were hurt. Now is the time to reach out with compassion and love. We have to be, as Fred Rogers says, one of the helpers.
We don’t have to wait for tragedy or disaster or violence to hit to reach out and be a helper, which is why I was really excited when I heard about Giving Artfully from Sitinee, the site’s creator. According to the site, she created Giving Artfully as a way to help crafters find causes they can help with, make things for. A lot of times, charities and causes are mentioned in blog posts, which is a great way to get the word out, but it’s not always easy to find all the details. She saw a need to simplify the volunteer process, gathering all the details into one easy-to-access location.
What I really like about the site is how organized it is. You can search by skill set (knitting/crocheting, sewing, other), charity type (bereaving parents, military families, orphanages, etc.), by general location, and by project type (blankets, hats, etc.). I really appreciate that each charity on the website shows a breakdown of how many of a certain item is needed and how many have been received so far. That way, you can really see where the need is.
I’ve been wanting to participate more in charity knitting lately, so I will definitely be using this site as well as making hats for our local hospital. I tend to give most of my knits away when I’m finished anyway, doesn’t matter how intricate or basic. Why not find a real need for those things I don’t keep? The one for Bereaving Parents, Elephant Tears, really struck a chord with me. I’m thinking I may work on small blankets for that one.
Have you tried Giving Artfully? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences with it. Or, do you craft for other charities? I’d love to hear about that too!