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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Article Pract in Oakland, CA is another drop off point for the Red Scarf Project. Bravo to all the wonderful shops that have opened their doors to this project. Thanks to Elaine for bringing this location to my attention. Elaine believes they would like to have the scarves by January 23rd so
they can mail them off by the end of the month, but she recommends calling or emailing them
to make sure.
I almost missed this. It was in an email from Lu. Gmail has a very good spam filter -- maybe too good. It had put her email in the spam box five days ago. I very rarely look at the spam folder, other than to simply click the button, "Delete All Spam Now." Something must have told me that her email was in there, because tonight I did something I never do -- I looked at the subject lines of the emails. Thank goodness Lu had written "Red Scarf Project" in the subject line.
Anyway, she had written a while back saying that Full Thread Ahead had volunteered to be a dropoff point for scarves in the Bay Area. She sent this photo to show the pile of scarves they have collected. Look at that pile of red scarfy goodness -- over 70 of them!
This is wonderful. I'd love to see more yarn shops follow suit. Meanwhile, keep knitting scarves and go give your business to Full Thread Ahead!
If so, it would be VERY helpful if you would drop them a line at Panera.com, telling them that you participate in the Red Scarf Project and that you would like to meet there and would like them to help by being a dropoff point for the scarves.
Go to Panera.com...then "Contact Us." It is an email form. Red Scarf should go into the subject.
Then type in that you participate in the project and would love to meet with others at Panera to knit and eat and drink, and have a central place for scarf dropoffs.
Thanks! (Annalisa said to me, "Do you think your readers will really do it?" Haha, let's demonstrate our Blogger Power, my friends! Leave a comment if you write to Panera.)