Feel Good Charity Challenge
Earlier this week, the 6 week Feel Good Charity Challenge came to an end. This was our first challenge where I didn’t have my team help me in entering the photos and going through each email. Selfishly, I wanted to do it myself because I felt I needed to read these stories for myself to feel the joy, compassion and much more.
I was taken back right in the beginning of the challenge with passion that was coming from the Community Leaders. Community Leaders were people who went the extra mile to drag their camera to their charity outreach of choice. Whether it was a school, hospital, shelter and many more. As a few crocheters pointed out right in the beginning, they felt that a prize shouldn’t have to be offered in order to get people to be charitable. While I agree, most people who do charity work have their minds set on the ‘feeling of giving’ and ‘offering compassion and empathy’ with their handmade goodies. So I tossed in a few prizes sponsored by Yarnspirations as a secondary reward.
Here are a few people out of the 95 Community Leaders. Please note, the winners have not be selected yet. We are not selecting them ourselves as the draw will be completely random. We are bias here at The Crochet Crowd as some of the submissions are from people we know in person and would like everyone to have a fair opportunity to win.
There was over 5300 hats made and 118 afghans during this challenge. It was super. For me, this was my most favourite challenge we have ever done.
Kathryn of Alabama
Took the time to read each email thoroughly. Kathryn of Alabama said something that really struck my heart.
“I dropped off the hats today, and they were so excited to receive them! They even took a picture of me and my best friend (who came with me to deliver them and served as the photographer) with the hats to put on their FaceBook page. The representative who received them also told me that there are two women at the shelter now who are expecting, one who is due any day now. She picked up one of the smaller hats that I made and commented on how perfect it would be for one of the newborns. That moment was unbelievably touching, and I am so honored to be able to give back in this small way.”
A moment that is priceless and enriches the heart of a crocheter.
Madison of Alabama
Madison was one of our youngest submissions. I really love this photo that she submitted. All of her photos that she submitted, which I didn’t post them all, had the nurse giving the look of listening and appreciation. I felt like with Madison’s photos, I was her friend along side her cheering her on for making a difference.
This photo of her walking away with her thumbs up really struck a chord with me. I felt chills. They used the challenge to further their skills in crochet and they learned how to read patterns within the challenge.
Best yet, the skills they learned were passed along to someone who will need her hats in the future. In many ways, a piece of here will carry forward to someone else who may never know her name.
Luise of Tennessee
When I saw Luise’s photo for the first time. I thought to myself, “Loader up Mama! You go girl!”
Her charity of choice was Angel Wings Memory Gowns with the saying that cuts like a knife, “A mother should never be handed her stillborn baby in a washrag!” How’s that for punching you in the heart.
As Luise expressed in her letter, there’s not a lot of support or outreach to mothers who lose their child during birth. It’s like a taboo subject and Luise wants to hit it on the head because there is such a need.
During this charity challenge, I received a letter for another person asking for us to create an outreach for this exact same situation. There are organizations like this out there.
With a bin like that Luise, you kept me smiling to know there are great people like you out there.
Phyllis of Pennsylvania
Of all of the photography we received, this was my most favourite photo of them all. I just love this photo of Phyllis. It feels so candid and inhibited that a camera is on her.
This photo to me is exactly the feeling and look I get when I felt I have served my life in a humanitarian way. It’s raw, it’s emotional, it’s pride, it’s joy it’s the exact combo mix of feeling involved in giving to charity.
Most of us feel this joy but to have it on our faces and being caught in the moment. This picture makes me smile huge each and every time I have seen it.
Phyllis shared an emotional point of view of why she chose St Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. Her mother spent her last moments in the hospital went above and beyond to make her mother comfortable. The hospital doesn’t get much attention and Phyllis felt she would help with the Birthing Center to give back in appreciation to how they treated her mom. In many ways, it feels like the circle of life to me. This story just gives me chills.
Sasipa of Thailand
Daniel cannot get me to shut up about Sasipa. She’s from Thailand and I was really moved by her submission. Even for me, I was surprised because of my thinking about charity usually involves collecting here in North America and going outward to the world. Small thinker, I am!
Sasipa and her sister worked hard to create 24 adult size hats for cancer patients. They have come to realize more and more people are getting cancer and they felt compelled to offer a hat in a small way to show them emotional support. They are attempting to send hats all around Thailand to cancer treatment centers. They are hoping the hats can help give patients confidence back so they are not so worried about their heads as they receive treatment.
Whether Sasipa and her sister has been personally affected by having a friend or family member that has had cancer is unknown but I certainly admire their ambition.
What Did I Learn
These are just a few of the many stories we received but my lesson was loud and clear to me. As a society, we tend to be so fixated on the massive charities that exist. In fact, there are so many other outreaches and opportunities that just involve us crocheters to pick up a phone to inquire or put on our shoes and go to a local facility to drop off our items.
Carolyn of Colorado really hit it home for me when she delivered her items to One Nation Walking Together. It’s her favourite charity as they serve one of the poorest populations in the USA. I didn’t know about this charity and I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for Carolyn.
It’s like Dorthy as she landed in OZ. Desperate to get home to Kansas with the power to kick her heels three times after she learned her lessons. Charity is the heart of community. It doesn’t always come in lots of advertising or marketing, sometimes it just involves asking a friend or community member about the steps. Charity may already be in your backyard and you don’t even know it’s there.
One crocheter sent me a concern during this challenge who never submitted anything. “I don’t know how to get involved with charity, where do I start? Can you give me a list of charities in my area so I can start?” The truth is this my friends, when you have strong desire to want to participate or do something, sometimes you have to do the leg work yourself to find the answers that make sense. For us to locate charities and hospitals in this crocheter’s area when we are not living in that region is really difficult. For this person, churches, schools, shelters or even hospitals in her region may be really appreciative of the help. It may involve picking up the phone and making a few inquiry phone calls. I think that is part of the charity element, is finding organizations that gels well with your wishes.
While I could share the rest of all of the submissions that were given. I took the time to feature each one of these crocheters in a Facebook Spotlight as I was entering them for the past 6 weeks.