Knit for Japan!

Last week I received an email from a lovely woman named Betsy, sharing with me her goal of collecting four hundred knitted or crocheted hats for Japan by mid August.  I immediately thought of our Yarn Along community and my knitting readers, in hopes that some of you might want to help.
(from left to right:  Betsy, her husband, and her son Alex)

Betsy’s son lives in Aomori Prefecture, one of the earthquake/tsunami stricken areas of Japan.  He has lived in Japan for the past three years, and has spent his summers there teaching English for even longer.  In Betsy’s words, “Alex teaches junior high school. He is fine, but knows people who have lost everything. We have also visited him in Japan and have been to two of the towns that are now virtually gone. The people of those towns were so very friendly and welcoming to us and it breaks my heart to think that a lot of them are now gone forever. My only real skills are knitting and crocheting and while watching the news in the days following the tragedy, I noticed some of the people wearing knitted hats. It gets very, very cold and snowy in that area and a lot of people have lost everything so I thought, “Here’s something tangible that I can do!” Knowing knitters, I thought others might like to help so I’ve put the word out everywhere I know.”

So here’s the deal::

I would love to help Betsy reach her goal of four hundred hats for Japan, wouldn’t you? By September, when Betsy travels to Japan to deliver the hats, the tragedy there will most likely no longer be in the news. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for those who receive our gifts to know that they have not been forgotten? A knitted or crocheted hat is a small gift, but it is a handmade gift, and one that can be filled with love and prayers.  There are no size or pattern requirements. Both adult and children’s sized hats are welcome.

Hats can be mailed to:
G. Sheller
P.O. Box 9114
Fredericksburg, VA 22403
In addition to knitted and crocheted hats: scarves, mittens, and washcloths are welcome as well.I will update my blog periodically with the progress being made and will be sure to share photos.
The deadline is July 15. This will give me plenty of time to tag everything, and mail it to Betsy before she leaves for Japan in September. The hats will be personally distributed in Japan by Betsy and Alex.
I hope so much that many of you will join us!!! Thank you!
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  1. […] You can read all the details about this project, and get the address to mail the hats to in the Knit for Japan post.  There is also a little button you can grab from either that post or my sidebar if you would like […]

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