New Changes for Crochet Cruises Charity Projects for 2019
The Crochet Cruises is has a new plan for 2019 with our on-board charity program. Due to high numbers of afghans we are able to create, we have a new plan.
In the past cruise, we created 193 afghans together. Twelve huge boxes and we encouraged crocheters to also take them home in their luggage to ease the burden of getting the afghans off the ship. This was half a skid of afghans to put it to perspective on how many afghans and the size of packages these are. A car cannot hold all of our afghans which adds to the pressure to find multiple people to help us. We struggled to get off all of the afghans as many passengers we have fly out and cannot drive the afghans. In fact, we dropped off cases of afghans in Victoria, British Columbia as we had too many cases to remove off in Seattle.
In the past 5 years, we have been working on charity projects. We’ve gone from delivering 40 afghans to up to 366 afghans. To remove these off the ship, we rely on passengers to help us get the boxes off. Over the past 5 years, many afghans end up directly in fire houses, shelters and with first responders as some of our cruisers that are directly related to these fields of work.
With increased security through customs and the number of afghans we can do. We are doing a shift in how our afghans will be benefiting charities.
Starting in February 2019, our charity portion will be renamed to Inspire It, Crochet It, Gift It or Keep It. We’ve had passengers wishing to keep their afghans to benefit charities that mean something to them at home. OR, they have the perfect person that could use them. So we are going to let the cruisers decide what happens to their own afghans they finish.
Cruisers will complete their homework so we have projects to advance ourselves on. At the end of the cruise, they will take home the afghans they make. This way, our afghans can be distributed across the nation and not just one concentrated location which will solve our problem at the end of the cruise to box them up and ship them off as large lots.
We love our charity program and love the momentum. So let’s keep inspiring a difference.