Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Today's charities are for the knitters and crocheters out there.

About ten years ago, I was working as a roofer at a church in Norristown. It was late December, and it was COLD. I paused in whatever I was doing on the roof and looked down at the people who were standing in line for the church's soup kitchen. Hardly anyone had gloves or mittens on. I watched them for a long time [much to the foreman's chagrin - I had a habit of drifting off into thought when I should have been hammering or something], I thought, "I should knit mittens for those people!!" That scene and those people's faces came back to me many times while I worked on that job. But I never did anything about it.

The moral to that story is this: There are a LOT of people who need warm clothing out there. And other people (unlike me) have gotten their act together to get that warm clothing to those who need it.

The first is for our backyard. Warm Up America! (WUA!) is an organization made up of volunteers who create handmade afghan blankets, clothing and accessories to help those in need. These items provide warmth and comfort to people who have lost their homes, fled abusive relationships, or are being cared for in hospices, shelters, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Here is the website, with information on how to get involved and the specifications of knitted items they need.

The second is flung far afield. I started reading Ryan's Mossy Cottage blog a couple of years ago. Together with her Cuzzin Tom, who is a Buddhist monk, they started the Dulaan Project to provide warm clothes for the residents (mostly orphaned children) of Mongolia where Cuzzin Tom works periodically. The need was severe, the Project was a success, and the results are heartwarming.

Here is the information page about the Project.

Here are free patterns for knitted items they need.

Final thought for the day: Today I got spam emails from Fripperies T. Topsoil and Bulging R. Micmac. [hee hee hee hee]


Blogger diana said...

What?! You don't think readers can reconcile the mitten-knittin', Phillies-despairin' Mighty Momogus of Today with the hammer-swingin', mitten-knitting-intending-but-not-doin' Mighty Momogus of Yesteryear?

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, i'm kinda confused: are "dmj" and "mighty momogus" two different peeps?

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And it's OK if you're responding to your own blog... nothing wrong with that :-)

2:08 PM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Helpful Hint -- you may remember that dadomomogus has the same initials as momogus. And I would know that because I am sisteromomogus!

5:01 PM  
Blogger CurlyGirl said...

Although I do kind of like the idea of Momogus having her own comment chat with herself! Wa ha ha!!!

5:03 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Whoa! What a flurry of notes while I was at work!

Eric, here's the 411:

Momogus = me
DMJ = dad
CurlyGirl = Laura

I understand the confusion, though I am perfectly capable of having conversations with myself all day long!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i knew that sounded pater familiar

12:55 PM  

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