VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION | Textile Museum of Canada
We have been in touch with settlement services in Toronto and have arranged to have handmade items included in the welcome packages that are being given to government-sponsored Syrian refugees coming through Toronto. If you drop off items at the yarn stores noted below, we can ensure that those items will go directly to the settlement agency for inclusion in each of the welcome packages.
There will be over 2,000 refugees coming to the Toronto area alone in the next few months! You can find more information relevant to the Toronto campaign on our website: 1000stitches.org.
For those knitters and crocheters outside the Greater Toronto Area, please consult the group site “1000 Stitches for Syria” on Ravelry.com and you will see various threads devoted to collection and distribution for areas across Canada. (We still need volunteers to coordinate collection and distribution for Mississauga and Brampton, if anyone is willing).
Preferred items and materials:
Hats, cowls & mittens: preferably, but not exclusively, minimum 75% animal fiber (wool, alpaca, etc.)
Blankets: ideally machine washable yarns.
Toys & Slippers: machine washable yarns, please!
We’re asking donors to provide a note with their item that identifies the materials, as well as size (i.e., child, adult medium, adult large), and any special washing instructions. You are encouraged to print off the donation tag available on the Ravelry.com group site.
Please place your donation in a clear Ziploc bag with the donation tag visible for easy sorting and distribution. We’re asking donors to include with their donation a short statement of welcome to the newcomer who will receive it.
There is a blog associated with the campaign: www.1000stitches.blogspot.ca. If anyone would like more information, click here to email me through the 1000 Stitches website, or through the Ravelry.com group site (scroll down to the bottom of the home page and click on: Group Administrator / rkingsto).
The following Toronto yarn stores have kindly agreed to collect donations:
658 Queen St. W.