It's time to launch Red Scarf 2008!
Before we get started, please go watch the video, "Fostering Dreams." Then come back. I'll wait.
I'm all aglow after my recent trip to Washington to finally meet Annalisa Assaadi, National Events Coordinator of the Orphan Foundation of America, with whom I have shared a close email and telephonic acquaintance for the last couple of years. Yes, you know what I'm talking about: My favorite little cause, The Red Scarf Project.
It probably comes as no surprise that Annalisa and I immediately fell into an easy old-friendship kind of conversation. This trip was filled with bonuses. Two of them are named Doug Sprei and Lisa Parrott. Doug is the OFA's Director of Communications and Marketing, and Lisa started out as a volunteer working on the care packages and is now a staffer working on coordinating the entire Red Scarf program.
I had not been told to expect a "Doug." I had a bit of time to kill after I had checked out of my hotel room, and was awaiting a call from Annalisa, so I sat in the lobby with my knitting -- a red scarf, of course:
I was a little taken aback when a man approached me. He said, "I'm Doug Sprei, Director of Communications and Marketing with the Orphan Foundation of America. I'm honored to meet you."
He later told the story that as he was taking the Metro to the hotel, he wondered how he would know who I was. He got to the lobby, looked around, and saw a woman knitting a red scarf. Heh. Subtle of me, eh?
After a while, we were joined by Annalisa and Lisa, and we trekked down the street to find a breakfast place where we could work. We had the best time.
Annalisa and I are tied together with the award-winning scarf that provided the original inspiration for the Red Scarf Project.
Could we really even call it a business meeting? Are business meetings supposed to be so much fun? I vote yes.
But we did work. Here I am, brainstorming with Lisa and Doug. See how serious I look? Working.
What are we working on? I'm so excited I can barely contain myself, but I'm not quite ready to tell you all the details yet, because they haven't all been finalized. And besides, I want to tease and torture you a little, and build up the anticipation (subtle of me again, eh?). A clue is here on the back of Annalisa's business card.
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- In the meantime, you should start knitting or crocheting your red scarves. Remember the new guidelines we've mentioned a few times before:
- No more than five scarves per person. We're shooting for quality, not quantity, this time. The OFA was overwhelmed with our generosity last year, in the true sense of the word.
- Unisex and soft. Machine washability is preferred, but hand-washable is fine, too. No Fun Fur. (remember unisex)
- 5 to 8 inches wide, with a soft drape, approximately 60 inches long
- Shades of red are preferred, but other unisex colors are fine, too.
- Fringe or no fringe; either way
- Notes of encouragement or personal messages attached to your scarves are strongly encouraged
- Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (for thank you notes and/or acknowledgments)
- Gift cards from national chain bookstores, fast-food places, stores like Target, etc., are strongly wished for
- Target dates of arrival are much earlier this year: September-October 2007, for 2008 Valentine's delivery.
Soon I will be opening a new blog for Red Scarf 2008 with a similar format to last year's, where I will share information and post links to developments, and post your scarf photos if you send them to me attached to an email. Please put "Red Scarf" in the subject line of your email. I get a lot of emails, and some things might get lost in the shuffle without that.
I am posting this sans some important info, such as the address to send the scarves. I assume it's the same address as last year, but I want to confirm that before I post it. Hang tight on questions about some of those details if you would, please. I'll get to explaining everything as soon as possible. The OFA is spiffing up its Red Scarf site, as well -- it's currently a work in progress. Soon there will be links to suggested patterns and other essential info posted there.
Knit and crochet on!
Next post, I'll talk about the scarf I'm knitting. I'm calling it Gwen's Scarf.