Lockdown Charity Crafting

Because of the COVID-19 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, 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.

Help us build stocks for our charity partners – and go in the draw to win!

We are enlisting your help… from now until Sunday the 31st of May, we invite you all 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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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.

Every item delivered will earn an entry for the draw.

This promotion runs til Sunday the 31st of May. Items are to be delivered to coordinators by Sunday 7th June. Coordinators will provide a record of donations to HQ by Sunday 14th June. Draw will be made on Tuesday 16th June 2020. Winners will be notified that evening.

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.

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.