photos courtesy of Ann Voskamp
My friend, Ann, traveled to Iraq earlier this year. During her trip, women who have experienced the unthinkable shared their stories with her, and she returned home with a mission to share them with the rest of the world. I read her words and they broke my heart, and the hearts of tens of thousands of others. Sitting here in this broken world, I think that many of us were left feeling helpless. How do we reach women and children living a world away? How do we not allow the sheer terror of what is happening in Iraq paralyze us, leaving us just wanting to pretend that we never heard those stories? Because when I look at my nine year old daughter, I just want to forget.
Ann is advocating for a non-profit organization called Preemptive Love. Jeremy Courtney, the founder of Preemptive love, lives in Iraq with his family and is on the front lines of the crisis there. Preemptive Love is right now equipping displaced women and children with what they need for immediate survival with the goal of long term sustainability through small business start-ups for women and education for the children. They are truly bringing hope to the hopeless.
“We go where others will not. We reach people who would otherwise be without help.”
You can read more about what Preemptive Love is doing, right now, here. I can only imagine how much more is needed, how difficult the road ahead will be as more and more people are being driven from their homes. There are three million internally displaced people in Iraq, people who have fled their homes in terror, and the majority of them are women and children. That settles over me so heavily as I sit here at my pretty desk, drinking Earl Grey and listening to the birds outside my window, my children safe.
I made a donation last week, but was left wishing I could do something more. And then I received a little nudge from a reader, “Hey, why not raffle off your Gotland Shawl for Iraq?” The obvious answer was, “Yes! I can do that!” I decided to ask other knitters if they might donate alongside me, to offer a knitted shawl or scarf for a raffle to raise money for Preemptive Love, and it wasn’t long before I had one dozen shawls promised for Iraq, for love. Because for many of us, knitting is a love language.
So if you aren’t a knitter, but have always wanted to own a beautiful hand-knitted accessory, you have the opportunity to enter to win one while doing something to help others! And if you are a knitter, I’m sure you’ll want to enter as well, knowing first hand how much love is behind the gift of each of these shawls.
Each shawl being raffled is unique and beautiful, in gift giving condition, and ready to be shipped anywhere in the world to the person who wins it. You can enter to win as many of them as you wish. And if you are wondering how to wear a shawl, I usually just wrap them around my neck like scarves. Larger shawls can be worn around the shoulders. Easy!
Here is how to enter the raffle:
Make a donation to Preemptive Love (your donation is tax deductible). Click here to donate. Every five dollars is one chance to win. After you make your donation, you will receive an email from Preemptive Love. In that email there will be a confirmation number. You will need to copy that and paste it into the Rafflecopter Widget for the shawl(s) that you are hoping to win. You can apply your donation in full to one shawl for multiple chances to win, or divide it up amongst more than one. For instance, if you donate $50.00 and would like all of your chances on one shawl, you will need to select the $5.00, $20.00, and $25.00 options in the raffle widget, entering your confirmation number each time. Or if you would like that $50.00 to be applied to ten separate shawls, you will select the donate $5.00 option for one chance to win on each. If you would like to make a larger donation and have it all applied to one specific shawl, you are welcome to email me for how to proceed to get all of your entries.
You will need to log in with your name and email address. If you aren’t familiar with Rafflecopter, don’t worry. It’s not difficult, and you will be prompted at each step. It only takes a second, I promise!
The raffle will be open through Sunday, June 7th. Please share, share, share this post! I really need your help to make this successful.
My hope is that together we raise $5,000 dollars. Enough for five small business grants for women.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, and good luck! I can’t wait to see where each of these twelve shawls end up! Maybe the winners will share photos with me, and I will share them here!
Rachel is offering this Forest Nymph Capelet. She knit it in Cascade Cherub DK, nylon/acrylic blend. This capelet is not only beautiful, but perfect for those with a sensitivity to wool or other animal fibers!
Teresa is offering this Marin shawl. It is fully reversible, and so pretty! It is knit in hand painted Yarn Adventures sock yarn, a wool/nylon blend.
Mimi is offering this Glacier Sweep shawl, knit in Madelinetosh Vintage in the Rosewood colorway. I really love this one! It’s huge!
Rachel is offering this Dragonfly Wings shawl. It is a long, shallow shawl/scarf and can be worn lots of ways! It is knit in 100% Merino gradient dyed in ‘Godswood’ colourway by Hollyberry Designs.
Daniella is giving away her first big knitting project, a Lola Shawl knit in Juniper Moon Farm yarn (40% wool, 40% alpaca, 20% silk). It is a beautiful blue!
And finally, I am offering this Lonely Tree Shawl knit in pure Gotland yarn.
Thank you so much for participating! And please contact me if you need assistance!