I have an aversion to the word “charity” although I am 100% in favor of helping out those in need. I think my feeling about the word “charity” comes from my point of view as a former tax preparer. In the tax world, charity equals tax write off. I have always questioned how truly charitable it is to give to a non-profit if you get a tax break? Consequently, my charitable activities have typically occurred on an individual basis – such as donating monetarily to people who need help with medical expenses, and the like. It’s my gift to the person, because it’s the right thing to do. No government incentive involved.
So I came to Project Linus in a really roundabout way. I wanted to start crocheting again. But I live in a warm climate, and in a small space. Consequently, I have neither the need nor the space for a growing pile of afghans. I began looking for a charity to whom I could donate my crocheted blankets. My research led me Project Linus.
Project Linus is all about helping children. From their website: “ At Project Linus, a non-profit organization, we provide homemade blankets to children in need.“ This sounded exactly like what I was looking for.
I recently dropped off my first afghan:
It was so nice to visit with the local chapter coordinator, Debbie. She told me the emphasis on homemade blankets is because they tell the children that someone made the blanket especially for them. The blanket is not only about physical warmth, but perhaps more importantly, emotional warmth. Debbie went on to to say that she had been with Project Linus for 18 years, and that the need is always there. It doesn’t matter the season.
I am now working on my second baby afghan, Bunny Tracks.
The process is of crocheting is still rewarding in its own right, but I now feel more purpose behind my stitches.
The companies with which I have affiliated myself are companies with whom I have actually done business. Therefore, I can make these recommendations based on my positive experiences.