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
Oh, I'm all teary-eyed. Look what I got from Lyssa:
It's that red scarf time of year again. Since last
year when you sent me some yarn to make a scarf for the project, I have
graduated from college and gotten a good job (woo hoo! I can afford to
buy yarn now!). I have also relocated to North Hollywood, CA. I read
about the push to get Panera to sponsor, and I'd like to hold a
red-scarf knitting night at the Studio City location (12131 Ventura
Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604) to meet new friends locally and help out. This will be Tuesday, November 7, gathering 7pm.
you could post this to either the red scarf blog or your main blog, I
would really appreciate it! I hardly know anyone around here yet.
Thank you, Lyssa
I'm so happy I could burst. Last year Lyssa was a student and left a comment that she didn't have any red yarn, but she'd be happy to knit up some of mine if I sent it to her, and I did and she did.
Now she's paying it forward in a very big way and is going to host a red scarf knit night at the Panera near her. (heh, before my post urging about writing Panera, she did not know there was one near her, but she found out she has one pretty close) If you're in her area, please join her for her Red Scarf Knit Night, and please let me know all about how it turns out. Pass it around!