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What is the Red Scarf Project?

  • The Red Scarf Project, a project of the Orphan Foundation of America, or, 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

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When and Where Should I Mail My Scarves

  • Please mail packages in January 2007 (NOT before, due to space considerations). Mail to: Orphan Foundation of America Red Scarf Project 21351 Gentry Drive, Unit 130 Sterling, VA 20166
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January 07, 2007



JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! There are some lucky necks out there about to receive these great scarves!


Hi Norma,
Two scarves are being mailed tomoorow! They are here:


Okay obviously I need to up the style quotient for my scarves. Stunning work! No economizing on yarn or workmanship for charity knitting---that's the right spirit, I think.

Why I knit for Red Scarf (other than the obvious reason (The Terror of The Norma)): I love the idea of a beautiful, tough young person wearing my beautiful, tough (and young)knitting. The pictures Gale Zucker took last year removed all doubt that this was an amazing project to knit for. Not that there was any doubt. Norma. I never doubted. Honest.

xox Kay

Beth in STL

I'm knitting for the RSP, because I could have been one of the recipients, if life had been just a little different. I was adopted as a baby, and I was blessed by the most wonderful mother (who taught me to knit when I was seven). Reading about the young adults trying to create their own lives with little or no help made me intensely grateful for my adopted family and all the support they've given me.

Two scarves down, waiting on blocking wires before I box them up and mail them. I'd knit more, but all yarn purchases are on hold for now.

Marcy Taitz

I think it's great that this project benefits older kids who are not so often the focus of giving. They can so easily feel forgotten when they are no longer as small and cute as the babies that so many of us knit for! If we can give them the encouragement and emotional support to keep trying to succeed in their very challenging goals, we can make a difference in a way that we can all afford.
As a child in sleepaway camp, I remember how some kids got lots of mail and packages and others got very little. Although we were all much luckier than the foster kids in college, those of us who got fewer goodies sent to us felt deprived by comparison. I remember feeling this way although my parents were very good and caring, but not materially wealthy or inclined to spoil me with candy and trinkets! So in a way I can relate to the kids who benefit from this project.

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