Last night I cast on a scarf for the Red Scarf Project. I heard about it a few weeks ago when I spoke to a great group of knitters at Cornell College in Mt Vernon, Iowa. It's their 2011 service project.
The Red Scarf Project is part of the Foster Care for Sucess Project which helps young adults who have aged out of Foster Care. They offer all types of support ranging including mentoring, academic coaching, internships. To cheer students on in what can often be trying times, they send care packages and "volunteers across the country knit and crochet red scarves, which are traditionally included in the FCS Valentine’s Day Care Package along with chocolate, cookies and handmade cards. The Red Scarf Fund was started by knitter Norma Miller as an emergency fund to help students pay for urgent expenses such as medical bills, transportation or housing."
The submission period for the next Red Scarf initiative is set for September 1, 2011 through December 15, 2011
Send scarves to:
The Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
Notes: I will be knitting the Victory Scarf pattern from my book, A Knitter's Home Companion.
Check out the Red Scarf Project's pattern suggestions. Consider adding an encouraging note and a gift card.