Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Knitters are Wonderful

Over the last week, I have been in awe of the online knitting community's response to the tragedy in Haiti.  If I had realized what a great collective response there was going to be, I may have skipped doing my own yarn giveaway, and donated the Malabrigo to one of the Ravelry group auctions or some other group fundraising effort.   Having said that, I am still glad to be participating in my own small way.  One reason I'm doing this, is that I wanted to hear from others which charities they are supporting.  I already knew many would give to the Red Cross, and to Doctors Without Borders.  Here are links to a couple more nonprofits that readers have let me know about:

Americares - This nonprofit works to deliver medicine, relief supplies, and health care where it is most needed.  After reading more about them, I was most impressed by their efficiency.  The website states, "For every $100 in cash contributed, AmeriCares is able to deliver more than $3,500 in humanitarian relief..."

Direct Relief International - From their website, "Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world."  Direct Relief also has a track record of high efficiency.

Thank you to all who have left comments so far and especially to those readers who let me know about these wonderful nonprofits!  I will still wait until Saturday to pick yarn winners.  If you are stopping by for the first time please leave me a comment.

On the Ravelry front, I was happy to see the new "Help for Haiti" link on the pattern page.   I have been resisting the urge to spend money on yarn, but I will be buying some patterns from designers who are donating proceeds to charity.  Who could resist when designers like Ysolda Teague (Vine Yoke Cardigan), Laura Chau (Milkweed Shawl), Stephen West (Daybreak), Miriam L. Felton (Flutter Scarf), and Connie Chang Chinchio (Varese Hoodie),  are donating part of their proceeds to charity? 

No knitting photos today, as my computer is in need of repairs.  (I'm writing this on a borrowed computer.)  Hopefully I will get mine back before the yarn drawing deadline, and I'll be able to share some hat projects I've been working on then.

1 comment:

  1. Oh! Thanks for the links to the Ravelry patterns that are benefiting Haiti relief. I too am having computer problems (I'm on my work computer now) and haven't been to Ravelry for a week or so. I'm going to check them out right now!
    Hope your computer gets well soon! Mine too!