I was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. Since Hurricane Sandy hit last week I have seen my hometown destroyed via photos on the internet. I see Facebook posts of old friends talking about the destruction, the suffering and the loss. My heart is in pain from the devastation that Hurricane Sandy left behind. While I have made my obligatory Red Cross donation, collected donation items and drove them to the right places I feel like I need to do more. It’s getting so cold out and people have lost everything.
As the granddaughter, daughter and niece of knitters and crocheters, I thought by collecting handmade hats and giving them out directly to in the communities that lost, I could bring a little bit of warmth and love from knitters and crocheters. So I have created Spreading the Warmth: One Hat at a Time!
I decided I could unite some people, maybe gather up 50 or so hats and bring them home to Staten Island. To the families that have lost EVERYTHING! A friend of a friend from Staten Island made me a flyer that I started sharing a little on Facebook late last Monday night and Tuesday morning. Tuesday alone I had 671 hits to my blog post about it, about 100 emails and Facebook messages and EVERYONE wanted to help. I mean EVERYONE: from Canada, to Israel, to The Netherlands, Orlando, Wisconsin, Iowa, California, Nevada AND SO MANY more places I can’t list them all.
I’m looking for more!!
Are you a knitter? Do you Crochet? Together we can Spread the Warmth, One Hat at a Time!
You can follow the collecting progress and cheer on everyone on Facebook.
If you would like to donate a hat, email me.
I even picked up my needles again!
Sarah grew up in Staten Island, New York and her family moved to New Jersey when she was 18 years old. She says things like Pay-pa and waddaa sometimes and tries to cover her thick accent! When she escaped working in New York City for a new life in Philadelphia, Sarah started dating her now husband Rob. They have two children, Derek, 4, and Hayley,2. Finnegan is their 5 year old Australian Shepherd and really more like a third child than a dog. All of their children love to sleep in their bed!! She blogs over at Finnegan and the Hughes!