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Craft Hope: a service project for the gulf coast oil spill

I wanted to let everyone know about an excellent service project which I feel is perfect for homeschool families.  The deadline for completion is the end of August, so there’s plenty of time to participate.

As I’m sure all of you are aware, thousands of animals and birds have been and continue to be impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf.  As with other spills of this type, there are teams of people dedicated to rescuing as many animals as possible, painstakingly cleaning the oil from them, nursing them back to health, and then releasing them into clean areas.  Many of us feel completely helpless as we watch what is happening, and want to help in whatever way we can.  So, here’s how we can help.

Craft Hope is a web-based group that puts together service projects whereby crafters can make and send items to be distributed to those in need.  Project 8 was started earlier this month.  Crafters are invited to make hand towels and wash cloths to send to the Gulf for the animal clean-up.  As you can imagine, it takes a lot of cloths to clean up these animals.

These towels and cloths don’t have to be fancy.  As soon as they come out of the box, they’ll get covered in oil and goo, rewashed, and covered in oil and goo again.  If you’re new to sewing, or the kids want to learn to sew, this is a perfect project to practice your seaming on the sewing machine.  If you are a knitter or crocheter (or want to learn), you can knit or crochet wash cloths to send.  And, if you don’t feel you can make anything, pick up a few bottles of Dawn (the ones with the critter on the front so Dawn will donate $1 to the cleanup) and send them direct to the clean-up crews.

This is a great opportunity for all of us to help out in our own small way, especially the kids who are often deeply distressed by what is happening to the animals.  Please participate if you can.

I’ve posted twice on my blog about the project:

Part One
Part Two


Thank you to “Mo” from Five Bears A-Blogging for contributing this post.  Mo is a home learning mom who lives in the Lawrenceville area.  To learn more about her, see our Contributor’s page.

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