I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.
Take care of yourselves
We certainly are living in a very unusual time aren’t we. Who would have thought, when we rang in the new year/decade, that just 3 months later we would be “locked down” as a nation (along with most of the rest of the world) in order to stop the spread of a killer virus? Nobody could have guessed that, could they – and yet, here we are…
I know that you will all be doing what you can to stop the spread of COVID-19, by staying at home, and taking care of those in your “bubble”. It’s quite a frightening time for many – the uncertainty of what will play out over coming weeks and months as New Zealand makes its way back to “normal” may be hard to cope with, so I hope that you are all doing whatever you can to navigate this anxiety and ensure that you look after yourselves and those closest to you.
For me, quietly crafting while blocking out the noise of COVID-19, is what helps me stay calm. Many of you will be feeling the same, as a lot of us use crafting as a calming or mindfulness tool. I hope that you have continued crafting during this unusual time.
Why we are here
Crafty Volunteers was established 5 years ago, to help address the supply and demand issue that many charities that supply crafted items to vulnerable kiwis were facing – too much stock of some items, desperately short of stock of other items, and stock of some items that had been kindly made and donated, but would never be used by them.
Because of the current lockdown, many charities have either not been able to provide their services at all or have faced extraordinarily high demand for their services. On top of this, we haven’t been able to supply charities with crafted items that they need during this period, so their stocks will be low.
We know that baby items such as woollen singlets, cardigans, blankets, beanies and socks will be in short supply, as babies have kept coming. We know that there will be children going to school over the winter that need hats, scarves, gloves and slippers to keep them warm in the classroom and at home. Patients will still be receiving chemo and radiation treatment and will need chemo hats and shawls to keep them warm while sitting receiving treatment. Warmth will continue to be an issue for our elderly and those that live rough, so blankets, scarves, hats and gloves will be needed. Children will continue to be removed from unsafe homes and mothers will be leaving violent relationships with their children, so warm clothing and bright blankets continue to be needed. And pets will still be abandoned and left to be cared for by organisations until they can be rehomed.
Because of this we ask that you keep on crafting, because your items will be needed!
# Lockdown Charity Crafting – a promotion
Therefore, we are enlisting your help… from now until Friday the 29th of May (provided we can safely receive items from you), we invite you all to continue to dedicate yourselves to making the many items that charities around New Zealand urgently need. And to help encourage you, we have set a challenge that has a reward for five lucky crafters.
Our friends at Kapiti Knitting and Lotto at Paraparaumu Beach have provided us with five $50 yarn vouchers to give away in a draw. Here’s how you can get yourself in the draw…
- Post a photo of your charity crafting item on either Facebook or Instagram – put the hashtags #lockdowncharitycrafting and #craftyvolunteersnz in the post. Invite your friends to craft along with you. There is no limit to the number of different photos you post – as long as they are for charity. Let’s just keep posting our unique expression of love.
- Attach a Crafty Volunteers swing tag (available here) to your item, and pop a # on the top corner of the tag, so we know the item is part of this promotion. If you have made your item for a particular charity, please note that on the back of the swing tag, and we will ensure it gets delivered for you.
- When we are able to do so safely, please deliver your crafted item to any of the Charity Yarn Stash Coordinators around the country (you can find them on our website), or post/courier to Crafty Volunteers Bay of Plenty, c/- Shape & Spray, 10 Glenlyon Ave, Greerton, Tauranga, or Crafty Volunteers Wellington, c/- 5b Nikau Grove, Woburn, Lower Hutt. At this stage our aim is to close this promotion on Friday the 29th of May – however this may be extended depending on the COVID alert level restrictions.
Every item delivered will earn an entry for the draw.
We will keep a record of the posts and items received and will do a random number generator draw 1 week after we close this promotion and will contact the winners promptly.
If you’re not on Facebook or Instagram (and can’t find a friend or family member to post on your behalf) – no problem, you can still get in the draw. Skip step 1 above and still do steps 2 & 3. Simply pop a note in with your item to let us know that you didn’t post a pic, and we’ll still add your items to the draw.
NOTE: we reserve the right to extend the deadline and draw date for this promotion, subject to COVID-19 alert level adjustments. For example, if we remain at high alert levels and non-essential courier parcels are delayed.
Reducing the risk of spread
Given that the charities that we support are often providing goods to some of our more vulnerable people, and because there are differing reports as to how long the virus remains live on textile, the Trustees are choosing to be very cautious about handling items received and the distribution to charities.
We know that our charity partners will be developing their own protocols about the receipt of goods. With the government providing more guidelines for the different COVID alert levels yesterday,, the Crafty Volunteers Trustees will similarly be considering our own protocols regarding handling & distribution at our Board meeting on Monday. We will advise Coordinators and crafters of these guidelines in due course.
Crafting is the reward in itself
I know that most of you craft for charity purely because you love to make things, enjoy helping your community and because you appreciate the amazing work that our charity partners do for their recipients. To that end, I encourage you (regardless of the opportunity to win some yarn) to get behind this promotion so we can build stocks quickly for the charities that will be drawing on it very soon.
That’s all for now
Thank you all for the amazing items that you make for our many charity partners around NZ. I’m very much looking forward to seeing your pics, and the beautiful items coming in, so we can get the distribution chains going again quickly.
And thanks again to our friends at Kapiti Knitting and Lotto for your continued support.
Take care – stay home, save lives – and keep crafting!
Yours – with love, compassion and hope.