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A little known fact about me is that I love to crochet. I find it incredibly therapeutic. But the only things I know how to crochet are scarves, blankets and flowers. Yep, that’s it. I can’t make sweaters. I can’t crochet hats or gloves. Not even little baby booties. But what I do make, I make with love. And as much as I big puffy heart scarves (especially scarves with flowers), I can only wear so many. And it really seems unfair to keep those warm and oh~so~stylish beauties in my closet, where they’re getting little to no use, so I give them away. I also give away the baby blankets that I make. Not just to friends but to people who are in need. That is how I give back to my community; I share my talent with those around me.
Think back over the last 6 months, how many natural disasters have there been? There’ve been earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, etc. People all over have lost so much. Now think about your own community, how many people are under employed or have lost jobs? How many single and/or teen moms are giving birth and don’t have the basics for their babies?
Blankets and scarves are things that people can always use and will always appreciate. If you’re unable to make enough on your own, you can always get together a group of friends or people from your church and crochet together. What an incredible opportunity for outreach.
I don’t believe that giving back to your community always has to be within the confines of a formal organization. Really, all it takes is one person discovering a need within their community and finding a way to fill it.
How do you give back to your community? Do you have a special skill that you’ve ever considered sharing with those around you?
*Special note, if you decide to crochet blankets for babies or small children, it’s best to make sure that your work is done in a smoke free, pet free home to reduce allergic reactions.
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