One of the best things about Threads of Compassion is the people! I love the encouragement that comes from working together. Having to cancel our meetings due to social distancing requirements has been a disappointment.
So, today it was great to get together online! There were just 6 of us, but it was great to see each other’s faces and get to share about what we’ve been doing. It was nice to realize that none of us is alone in not feeling super-productive even though we have some extra free time. Somehow it’s a relief to realize that others are just kind of barely making it at times too.
We don’t know yet what next month will look like, but we do know that for now, our work goes on, scarves are still being distributed at hospitals, and survivors are still being comforted by our work.
So, please, hang in there with us. Pick up your yarn and hook or needles as you can and let’s have some scarves ready to package when we can all get back together.
It’s amazing to look back and realize that Threads of Compassion OKC became a reality in 2010.
It went from me reading about it online in late December to contacting the OKC Rape Crisis Center, delivering 6 scarves in January to actually delivering 225 scarves by end of the year!
It’s hard to find words to share the impact this project has had on me, and on others. I’m so thankful that my husband encouraged me to go for it and that the YWCA staff was willing to give it a shot as well.
As I look back over the year, I see that 32 different people gave scarves (well, actually more than that because 1 of the 32 was a group, the Knit Wits). Many of these are people that I’ve never met – they heard about us on the news, or from friends, or other online resources. Some have been very experienced knitters/crocheters and others have just learned—including at least one who learned specifically to help with this project. So cool!
So many people have helped make this possible, and to each of them I want to say thank you! Here’s a brief list:
- Those who have knitted/crocheted a scarf
- Friends and family who gave gift cards, cash, yarn, and words of encouragement
- The Memorial Road Church of Christ for allowing us to use their building
- News Channel 4 for helping get the word out by interviewing us
2010 was a great start; I’m excited to see what 2011 will bring!