Sunday, December 16, 2012

Handmade help for Sandy Hook Elementary

2 days after the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT and I am still completely sick to my stomach over what happened there Friday morning. I can't even begin to fathom what these families are going through. My heart breaks for the innocent lives that were lost. It's just not fair. At times like this there are no answers. We can only look to each other for love and support.

Now is the time to come together and help this community however we can. I have decided to help Heidi from Snappy Tots on her "Beanies for Brave Students" project. Heidi has asked the crochet community to help crochet 600 hats in green and white (their school colors) for the brave survivors at Sandy Hook Elementary. I crocheted my first 3 hats last night and plan on buying more yarn to make more. I used Vanna's Choice yarn in Kelly Green and White. They are asking for only Green, White or Green and White striped beanies. If you want to help by crocheting a beanie, please be sure to read all the "rules" before you begin. You can find more information about this wonderful project HERE. Thank you Heidi!

Here are the beanies I made last night using Vanna's Choice Kelly Green and White. I went to 3 different yarn stores today and could not find any more green yarn. I will be ordering more online through Amazon: Lion Brand Yarn 860-172C Vanna's Choice Yarn, Kelly Green
You can also use Red Heart with Love in Clover. I also couldn't find it in stores but it is also available on Amazon: Red Heart with Love E400.1620 Yarn, Clover


Here is a list of other projects going on to help Newtown and the victims of Sandy Hook. I am sure there are many more. Please list any you know of in the comments. It is heartwarming to know that there are still good people in this world that are going to great lengths to help in whatever way the can. THANK YOU!

600 Monsters Strong is collecting friendly handmade (knit or crocheted) monster for Sandy Hook. Read more about it HERE. There is a list of approved crochet (and knit) patterns in their GUIDELINES.

I have already made one cute little monster following one of their free approved crochet patterns: Plarko the Monster by Stacey Trock. You can find the free pattern HERE


Caring Crafters is collecting handmade, crochet, knit and fleece scarves. Find more info HERE.

Hands, Hearts, and Hugs is collecting donations of knit and crochet squares that will be assembled into comfortghans for the victims families. Find more info HERE.

QT Patootie Crochet is collecting 6"granny squares to put together Hodge Podge Memory Blankets. For more info, message her via her Facebook page.

Kim's Peanut Gallery is hosting an auction to raise money for Sandy Hook families. She is encouraging boutiques to donate an item by Dec. 28th. Read more about it HERE.

All for the Boys is collecting paper snowflakes so the students of Sandy Hook can be welcomed back to school with a winter wonderland. Read more about it HERE.

I {heart} Nap time is also collecting snowflakes (coffee filter snowflakes) to also help create a winter wonderland in the school. More info and tutorial on how to make the snowflakes is HERE.

Crochet Happy lets us know how to make crochet snowflakes for Sandy Hook and provides an address of where to send them HERE

For all you bloggers: Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects and Kelley from The Grant Life are hosting a joint link party starting this Thursday Dec. 20th. For every link, they are each going to donate 5 cents to the Sandy Hook fund at the Western CT United Way. Make a donation or just be sure to stop by the party and link up. Find the link party HERE (starting Thursday, Dec 20th at 4:15pm). UPDATE! Because of the support and donations from other bloggers, $1.00 will now be donated for every project linked up!

Hope Cards for Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School are trying to collect 1000 cards to send off to the kids/families/staff and everyone else effected by this tragedy. Find more information HERE.

Head over to the RIP Sandy Hook Elementary Victims Facebook page do show your condolences and keep up with even more ways to help!

There is also a general fund for all the families & community through United Way: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/



17 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm a blogger that also runs the website, LinkyHere.com. I'm writing a post about bloggers offering support for the Newtown community for the LinkyHere blog on Monday. I'd love to include your Handmade Help project in it...basically include info about it with a link to this post. Is that OK?

    Shasta
    linkyhere@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Shasta, that is wonderful! I am not personally heading up any project, just helping out others. Please feel free to head over to Snappy Tots blog and include her Beanies for Brave Students project! Here is the link: http://snappytots.blogspot.com/2012/12/beanies-for-brave-students.html

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  2. Love this! Thank you for posting. It's nice to be able to tangibly do something. Off to get some green yarn tomorrow!

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  3. Fresh stitches is asking for crochet amigurumi stuffies 6-12 inches.

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  4. Fantastic that you are getting involved! Its so very sad :(. I'd love to get involved too, but unfortunately postage would be far too high from here :( Happy hooking to anyone joining in xx

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  5. Thanks for sharing this. Off to find some green yarn :)

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  6. Thank you for your help...it was very helpful for me.Just found Vanna's at Joann's .....went to Wal Mart , Michael's ,Hobbie Loby and my last stop in Joann's ....but I got them.Also love how the beanir with the stripes is looking....just started them now,very fun and for a good theme.I will make one with the stripes ...like it very much.Thanks once again...did not know anything about this ...found out by you .....Blessings.I will also post them in my blog .Happy week.

    Luna
    My Crochet,Mis Tejidos

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  7. Well done! I shared the link to this post on my Facebook writer page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phyllis-Wheeler-Writer/203944993041710

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  8. GREAT article and I LOVE that you made samples! Thank you for spreading the word.

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  9. Hello :) I am a fan of your patterns and I am also wanting to participate in making these hats but I am having a hard time finding a good pattern that isn't worked in a spiral. Do you have a link to a good pattern you could share? Thank you!

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    1. If you go to the ladies facebook page she is sharing the pattern on there - its a non profit pattern :)

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  10. Thanks for spreading the word about this effort. I just made one and will send tomorrow.

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  11. Yes, what a tragic event that was for Sandy Hook. I cried and cried about that. If I could crochet, I'd make a green beanie for them. I do send many prayers for these people.

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  12. I have 5 beanies made already and plan on making more of them, do you know where I can send them?

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  13. I forgot to mention I am not on Facebook

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  14. Just a heads up that I just received word that Newtown is not accepting anymore donations (of any kind). Whatever donations they do receive, will be given to other charities in the area. They did say if we wanted to donate in their honor, to think about organizations in our own area.

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  15. Is it confirmed Newtown is not accepting any more donations? I just spent all day driving around trying to find the right color of green yarn to make some beanies. I would still love to do this if it is still needed. I did try and find info online but was not successful. Thanks for the great blog! I love it and have had fun making some of your projects!

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