As the holiday season falls upon us, we’re often reminded of how lucky we are, how little others have and wish there was something more we could do to help those in need.
We at ASN.com, SkarsgårdNews.com and SkarsgårdFans.com didn’t want the season to pass us by without taking this opportunity to help. We presented our fund-raising idea to Alexander, who of course quickly approved.
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Last year we took on Caps For Good which was sponsored by the Save the Children Foundation. Together, once again proving Alexander’s fans are a force to be reckoned with, we were able to not only raise some funds to help the cause, we created nearly 200 caps for premature infants in developing countries.
The holidays can be a magical experience…those with families and loved ones to share the memories with, but not everyone is so fortunate. Women and children of domestic violence are in that category….
Did you know that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually and those children are twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents. The sad thing is…based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help. Many feel they don’t have the means to walk away, they don’t know how or they’re just too afraid to take those steps in order to better their lives….the lives of their little ones.
That’s why, this year, we’ve decided to go with an endeavor which aides in comforting victims of abuse…
Handmade Especially For You…
Handmade Especially For You wants every woman who comes into a shelter to receive a comfort scarf simply because she was brave enough to leave her abusive situation. We do not see comfort scarves as rewards or incentives for good behavior in the shelter or for following rules or anything other than “congratulations” for leaving abuse. Leaving an abusive environment is a huge step for the woman who takes it.
Handmade wants to make an impact on the women who receive the scarves, most of whom have never received a personal gift, much less a handmade personal gift. We want receiving these scarves to help lift their self-esteem and help them to begin changing their lives. We hope the scarves are a symbol of every woman’s transformation.
The scarves are not for sale. They are gifts, which we give from our hearts.
So together, with your help, we hope to do whatever we can to show those brave women just how proud of them we really are. A scarf isn’t much, but it’s a start. A symbol letting them know they really can piece their lives back together….a little at a time.
This site charity event will cover the seasonal holidays along with Alexander’s Name Day celebration on December 12th.
Handmade Especially For You has a goal. In 2011, they want to reach all of the shelters in Southern California…that’s 15,000 scarves. They’re almost there…all they need is 2,000 more!!! Let’s help them make this happen!!
Participate by Making a Scarf:
We realize that, not only are we in a recession, but it is the holiday season and money can be tight. So, for those crafty fans out there who may not be able to afford a monetary donation at this time, we are also encouraging those that can, to knit or crochet scarves for these brave ladies. It’s something that is so simple, but can truly make a difference.
We’ll start today and call the deadline Dec. 29th, 2011 midnight CST.
This will give Jenna time to pack and overnight the scarves to the charity before the deadline!
Here are the specs for making scarves:
– Soft yarn (for comfort)
– Happy color
– At least 4 inches wide but no more than 5 inches wide
– At least 60 inches long
– Open stitch (for distribution in a warm climate)
– Some decoration like fun fur or ribbon to individualize each scarf and make it a personal gift for the recipient
Follow these links if you need help with a pattern and/or to print up a gift tag to add to your scarf
There is an address on their site where you can send the finished scarves, but we have decided to gather all of the scarves crafted by Alexander’s fans together so we will know how many were created and photograph them to send to the charity and to the Tall One. When your scarf(s) are complete, please send them to the following address where they will all be photographed then shipped to Handmade Especially For You.
Please send all completed scarves to…
P.O. Box 370876
Milwaukee, WI 53237-1976
AND THAT’S NOT ALL…
Since we’re in the spirit of giving…one random SCARF DONOR will be chosen to receive a signed 8×10 of Alexander.
Scarf must be sent to the PO Box and be in Jenna’s hands before the deadline.
ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN DONATE
So we ask that if you consider donating this season…
Please consider helping out victims of abuse and their little “teacup humans”…
To donate…please use the PayPal button below…
Donate to Handmade Especially For You!