A silent problem in many communities is domestic violence, also known as relationship abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, more than ten million people are abused physically by an intimate partner each year, and 20% of women have been hurt by severe physical violence by a partner in their lifetime.
There’s a strong relationship between domestic violence and homelessness, and Handmade Especially for You has decided to take a handmade approach to helping women living in domestic violence shelters.
Handmade Especially For You
Handmade Especially for You has been providing comfort scarves to women who have survived domestic violence and who are living in shelters in Central and Southern California since 2008. Last year, they distributed 11,000 scarves along with 1,100 hats for children to over 50 shelters. That’s a lot of scarves, and they’ll need even more to meet their 2016 goals.
The scarves collected by Handmade Especially for You aren’t designed for warmth, but rather for comfort and a bit of flair! Central and Southern California are warm for much of the year, so skinny scarves with open stitches work the best. The recommended size is 4″ (10 cm) to 4.5″ (11.5 cm) by at least 60″ (152.5 cm) long.
To bring a bit of cheer, Handmade Especially for You recommends that you combine a novelty yarn – like a metallic, sequin, or faux fur yarn – with a standard yarn to make a fashionable, accent scarf. Similarly, to keep these festive, they recommend using bright or happy colors.
You can find more details on the Handmade Especially for You website, including why you should donate and free crochet patterns for comfort scarves. Scarf donations can be mailed to the address listed on the website with a note of encouragement for the recipient.