Calling all makers!
Waterloo Region is expecting 1000+ Syrian refugees, some of whom will start arriving mid-December and continue to come through January and into February (in other words, our coldest months). If you knit or crochet would you consider making a hat to donate? Hats for men, women, and children are all welcome. Yes, I know that this is the busiest time of year for stitchers but it only takes a few hours to make a hat – a few hours to help someone in need.
Here's something that all knitters know – we know that love, hope, prayers, good thoughts, and well-wishes can be knit into our stitches. Each time we wrap yarn around a stick and pull it through a loop we contribute in our small way to helping someone keep warm, to helping them feel welcome in a strange land.
And can I tell you something I know about knitters? Knitters are crazy and generous and wonderfully amazing. They're makers. And they make things happen. Let's make this happen – I know we can! Lets take a few moments from our day to make something with our hands, to welcome our new neighbours with open arms and hearts.
P.S. If you'd like to attach a tag to your hat there are some here: Download Handmade tags. They're in English, which I realize is not the most practical, but since I'm not fluent in arabic it was the best I could do. :)
Where can I take my finished hats?
Hats can be dropped off at 157 Lydia St Kitchener N2H 1V9
Alternate drop off locations (I'll keep updating this list as they become available):
Tuesday December 8 – KW Knitter's Guild meeting in Hilliard Hall, First United Church (corner of King&William) 7-9 pm.
Thursday December 10 - Uptown Knit Mob gathering at Duke of Wellington 5:30 - 8 pm
Saturday December 12 - Stitch'n'Kitsch Handmade Market Winter Show, First United church (corner of King&William) 11am-5pm
Tuesday January 12 – KW Knitter's Guild meeting in Hilliard Hall, First United Church (corner of King&William) 7-9pm
When do I need to have the hat to you by?
We're aiming to have the hats collected by January 15th.
I don't knit or crochet. Is there another way I can help?
Yes! This website lists where other donated items can be dropped off such as boots, warm clothing, household items, furniture, etc. There's also a need for volunteers, translators, and housing.