It’s the season for giving and we would like to ask you to join Tempe Yarn & Fiber in making a difference in the lives of some folks who need our “special” kind of help. We all have yarn stashes that have been waiting for a project. We would like you to consider parting with some of it to give to some special folks. We have identified three groups that could put the donated yarn to use.
The first group, Karin refugees from Burma, was recently featured on our website when they came to the shop to learn modern weaving skills. These ladies are part of ten families that fled a military regime in Burma that the USA has singled out as one of the most brutal in the world. Many have spent most of their adult lives in the refugee camps in Thailand. These women weavers are part of ten families that are being sponsored by a local group. The yarn they receive will be used in their weavings to help make items they will sell to become self -sustaining.
2. The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program (ANE) assists Navajo Elders in Utah to weave yarn into rugs. Many of those rugs are then put into the ANE Rug Catalog. Their weaving provides the means for them to sustain themselves in their traditional way. Many of the traditional Elders do not have the money to purchase the yarns to weave with. The donated yarns for these Elders helps them maintain pride in their skills as they weave their visions into the rugs.
3. Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." Yarn collected for Project Linus is used by various groups to make items for donations.
Donations will be collected from NOW through mid-January 2011.