The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan Foundation of America, or Orphan.org, collects scarves to send in Valentine's Day care packages to college students who have aged out of foster care. These brave young people are going it on their own and trying to improve their lives and the community by attending college. The care packages are welcome tokens of encouragement to young people who otherwise receive little to no mail.
Your scarf should be soft (any material), unisex design, and approximately 60 inches long by 5 to 8 inches wide. Machine washable is a plus, but it is not absolutely necessary.
Mail it to:
Orphan Foundation of America
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
..but not until September 1, 2009-December, 2009.
Please read all the info in this blog. Most of your questions will be answered here.
Also, please check out the Red Scarf Ravelry group.
If you still have questions that remain unanswered, please email me at email@example.com
I'm harried. And hurried. And too snowed under. So the buttons for the Red Scarf Blog are being royal pains in my ass. They start out fine, but then they melt off the page. And I've tried to fix it many times and submitted a help ticket. I'm sure I'll get it resolved in due time, but in the meantime, please go to this entry to get your buttons, because I can't spend the time it takes to get it fixed right now.
And now I'll be taking a blog time out. I'll be back soon.
Come on in, everybody. The party's still open. Think of it as an open house -- it'll be open right up until mailing time next January. Have some hors d'oeuvres and punch.
I'm still working on moving mountains of work (it's all good), and as soon as I can see my way clear, I will send out invitations to those who have said they want to participate, so you will be able to post here about your scarves. You don't need to have a blog to participate, and you won't need to do anything special except accept the invitation.
Meanwhile, put this blog on your Bloglines or other feedreader, or bookmark it in some other way....or just keep checking in regularly for updates.
Have a look at the great care labels Mel has made. (see the link she placed in the comments) She also made a button.
UPDATE: My original intent was to enable people to post as guest authors, but it has become more complicated than I'd like. I've decided to keep it simple, so instead, please post links to your finished projects in the comments anywhere here in the blog, or send me your links and photos in emails to norma[dot]knits[at]gmail[dot]com and I will post them here. Thank you all for your help and your ongoing interest in the project. Bravo to those who have already completed scarves!
The Orphan Foundation of America is gearing up for Red Scarf Project 2007.
This gives us a lot of lead time to make something before January.
Please consider knitting or crocheting a scarf or two for this very
worthy cause. The OFA will be launching the initiative at the NYC Knit
Out on Sept. 17. OFA will receive the scarf contest donations, and
students will model the winners in 8 categories.
Please read the guidelines carefully. Some of the more important elements that jump out at me are:
UNISEX COLLEGIATE-appropriate styles are requested, approximately 60" long by 5 to 8 inches wide
DO NOTMAIL BEFORE JANUARY, due to space constraints
ANY SHADE OF RED, and red combined with other unisex colors
They are LOOKING FOR A NATIONAL DROP-OFF SPONSOR -- Einstein’s is not able to assist this year and Barnes and Noble has declined.
If you have any ideas or contacts, please let Annalisa Assaadi know.
Her phone number is (571) 203 0270. I'm thinking there has to be a
college-age-oriented sponsor out there -- a music chain, a clothing
chain....Target...something. I'm disappointed in Barnes & Noble.
They run the college bookstores at Colgate University, Hamilton
College, and probably any number of others. But I also can understand
what it's like to be a person, or a business, that is constantly being
asked to volunteer resources. It does get to be burdensome, and the
line has to be drawn somewhere. So hopefully some business will see
the opportunity to bring in traffic during that very slow after-holiday
month of January and step up to the plate on this one.
(assuming this works -- I've been having a plethora of formatting
problems with this entry for some reason) you can download a Word
document with the full info and guidelines about the project. There is
even a free Lily Chin faux cable reversible scarf pattern at the end.
Feel free to print it out. Please pass the word around!
Here are the yarns I have reserved so far for this project. I've been saving them since the project ended last year.
Irish Donegal Tweed
GGH Via Mala, 100% merino. It was originally dijon mustard gold color, but I dyed it red last year.
I will donate and
host a blogspace for people to showcase their red scarves for the
project. Let me know if you're interested. Also, if you would like to
knit a red scarf for the project but cannot afford the yarn, let me
know in the comments or in an email and I will enter your name in a
drawing for free red yarn from my stash to knit a scarf for the
project. If you have yarn to give to somebody for this purpose, please
let me know. We can try to match people with yarn as much as possible.
Last year a few people knitted beautiful scarves with yarn I sent them,
and it felt good for all of us. I'd like to continue the tradition.
AND I'd like a button. Anyone?
This is a project that touches my heart in a very big way.