Recipients: Young Adults who are transitioning from Childhood in Foster Care (as permanent wards) into college and adulthood.
Donations Of: Red Scarves
Since 1981, Foster Care to Success has been helping young adults transition from childhood in foster care (as permanent wards) into college and adulthood successfully. For more than ten years, Foster Care to Success has worked with crocheters and knitters to send handmade care packages to college students through the Red Scarf Project.
The Red Scarf Project has delivered over 25,000 red scarves to students as part of Valentine’s Day Care packages. Each year, Foster Care to Success accepts donations of handmade red scarves from September 1 through December 15 only.
Foster Care to Success asks for scarves that are at least 60” (152 cm) long and between 5” (13 cm) and 8” (20 cm) wide. Scarves must be predominantly red (in keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme), but they can include other colors, too. The scarves should have a unisex style and can include fringes. Yarn tails should be securely woven in, and, although Foster Care to Success doesn’t mention it, I would recommend a machine washable yarn since some college students are still coming to grips with laundry.
Foster Care to Success also recommends that you include a tag or a personal note, and messages of encouragement and gift cards are always welcome. And, of course, the scarf must be delivered by the December 15 deadline.
You can find shipping instructions and several free knitting patterns on the Red Scarf Project page.