Every Child Needs a Stuffie
We're still reeling from excitement with the ending results of our Hats for the Homeless drive. 147 homeless adults in Humboldt County will have a warmer winter, thanks to the generosity of our knitters. We made a difference in our local community, but now that the holidays are approaching- we've got our hearts with a slightly different crowd.
Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, you'd agree that this season is a magical time for children... or at least it should be. They may not immediately cross your mind when you think of 'the homeless', but there is unfortunately a large population of homeless kids- and we want to help them experience the enchantment of the holidays, too. So, like our Hats for the Homeless drive, we want your help!
When we knit, we give ourselves and all of our love to what we're making. This is why we're taking it upon ourselves to make a difference (albeit a small one). We believe that every stitch we make has care and love intertwined, and we know that our finished products will spread that care and love to the recipient. These kids could all use all of the care and love they can get.
We did a bit of searching, and found 4 free Stuffie patterns that are perfect. They are all charming and adorable, but none of them are too challenging to make. If you're comfortable with double pointed needles- these will be a cinch. Still, if you want to contribute but aren't sure you can work through the pattern on your own, we will be hosting a free Sunday afternoon "Knit a Stuffie with Laura" on November 29th from noon-4:00pm. Of course, if you're a crocheter or if you have a different Stuffie or toy pattern in mind, feel free to make that instead! The patterns we found are only suggestions, and we will accept anything from anyone willing to participate. There is Ribbit the Frog, a Rabbit with perky ears, a handsome Bear, and a Rabbit with floppy ears.
We will also be giving away yarn to anyone locally who wants to participate. If you are not local but want to contribute, our mailing address is 407 2nd Street, Eureka, CA, 95501. The yarn is the same aran weight 100% wool yarn that we used for our previous drive. If you have your own yarn that you would like to use, please feel free.
All of the Stuffie donations will be on display in our shop until December 23rd- which is when we will deliver them down the street to the Women & Children's center of the Eureka Rescue Mission. We have already begun knitting a few, and they are going quickly. We can't wait to see how many we can collect by the end of December!
We hope you agree that every child needs a Stuffie. Soft toys are cuddly companions that provide comfort- and that's something that all children deserve. While planning this drive, we were reminded of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. I will leave you with this excerpt:
“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'
'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.
'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'
'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'
'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”