This weeks ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ features The Red Scarf Project.
The Red Scarf Project from Foster Care to Success
The Red Scarf Project is a small part of the Foster Care to Success program, but it is an important part. Children leaving foster care and moving on to college usually have very little in their lives that was created especially for them. By knitting a scarf for one of these children, you place in their lives a message of hope, belief, and encouragement.
Do you love to knit or crochet? Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or somewhere in between, your handiwork can send warmth and encouragement to a foster student!
The handmade red scarves in each of the Valentine’s Day care packages become treasured keepsakes that the students wear for years. The Red Scarf Project offers a unique opportunity to use your creativity to give a truly personal gift to one student as he or she moves forward to graduation and a brighter future.
RED SCARF PROJECT GUIDELINES:
Size: approximately 60” long and 5” to 8” wide. Scarves should be long enough to be wrapped around the neck, with tails long enough to be tied in the front.
Style: Think unisex collegiate. Fringes are optional. Your scarf should drape, tie easily and be soft.
Color: Red! However, this could mean burgundy, cherry, russet, red stripes with other colors, or multicolor hues including red.
Finished & tagged: Yarn ends should be securely sewn in. For a personal touch, attach a tag saying “Handmade for You” with your first name, city, and group affiliation, if any. Donors have also included washing instructions, messages of encouragement, gift cards, and more.
Mail to: Foster Care to Success, Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166
NOTE: Scarves are accepted between September 1 and December 15 annually. As they have limited storage space, please send your scarves only during this time period.
Take a look at the project’s web page to get a better idea of just how meaningful these scarves are to their recipients, as well as guidelines and shipping information. You’ll also find out how you can donate to the Red Scarf Emergency Fund and create a full care package for a student.