Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A friendly challenge

Elvis completed his cap this weekend:




(okay, we haven't sewn the ends in yet, but still). Look at the pride in his face! In fact, he's having so much fun knitting that he is already bugging me to help him start a pair of matching mittens.

Wouldn't it be nice to help some other kids learn how to knit?

Well, it just so happened that I was contacted by the good people at Donors Choose, a nonprofit organization dedicated to hooking up teachers who need classroom resources and donors who want to help kids learn. Teachers are invited to submit proposals listing specific items that they want to use to help their kids learn; then donors can pick the specific proposal that they'd like their money to go to. During the month of October, bloggers ask their readers to help them raise money for some of the Donors Choose proposals. So I'm asking those of you who can spare five bucks or whatever to please go to my Donors Choose page here and help spread your love of knitting (and/or crochet) to some kids whose teachers want to help them but lack the financial resources to do so.

When I signed up to do this, I didn't know that the Knitting Curmudgeon was also starting a challenge, so let's see if we can at least keep up with Marilyn when it comes to fundraising. You know, in the spirit of friendly rivalry and all that crap. I make no promises to knit with Red Heart if we meet our goal, but I will sweeten the pot by drawing a name for a free skein of BBF sock yarn from amongst my donors...

Thanks in advance for your help! Once again, the link to my fundraising challenge is here.

8 comments:

Marilyn said...

Jeez, I didn't know you had signed up either! Hey, WTF. Everyone, split the joy! I think this is a tremendous opportunity to help teachers help kids, so I don't care whose blog you use for donations. Just give!

Carol said...

Just went to your page and donated. Great cause!

puffthemagicrabbit said...

Thanks once again for bringing something good that we can do to our attention.

anne marie in philly said...

nice hat, elvis!

will donate to the cause...

Quilting Mama said...

Love the hat - and the yarn ends just add something special.

what a neat site to help kids in public schools.

anne marie in philly said...

a day later, donation to the cause completed!

Sue D. in NorCal said...

Just cleared Knit One (Teacher) and Purl Together 30 (Students) from the open requests, but don't know how it gets added to your total for the challenge. I trust you can take care of that. What a great idea -- thanks for posting it here!

Anonymous said...

Some of my Obama $ just went to the kids--oh, well. Learning to work/create with their hands may lead to great things in the future.

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