Our Favorite Service Opportunities

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Many people want to help and serve others in need, they just don’t know how to…

Here are some organizations we have come to know and love. They are in alphabetical order because we honestly can’t say we love one organization more than another or put one at the top of the list. Each organization helps people and helping people is what we love to do!

 

 

My Stuff Bags Foundation

http://www.mystuffbags.org/

This is an organization we love that helps abused and neglected children. Anyone can help by making simple no-sew blankets. If you can cut and tie a simple knot, you can serve!

Would you like to learn how to make a blanket? 

Would you like to lead an organized group service project to make blankets? 

Well then, you’ve come to the right place! 

I will guide you step by step in my simple “how to” videos…

 

Here’s how it works…

 

Step #1

Learn about the organization and who the blankets are given to. 

 

Step #2

Buy fun fabric and cut off the silly salvage.

 

Step #3 

It’s time to cut corners. (It’s a good kind of corner cutting, I promise :) 

 

Step #4

Cut strips on all 4 sides using a guide. (Or not!) 

 

Step #5 

Finish it off  while talking and tying. (The tying is so easy, you can tie and talk at the same time for a fun and social service project!)

 

Step #6 

The final step is to deliver the blankets to the organization in person or by mail…

Congratulations on making it to the final step! This means you have a finished product! Woo hoo for you! 

(Click on the link below to find printed blanket making instructions and the address to deliver them to :)

http://www.mystuffbags.org/how-to-help/make-a-blanket/

 

 

Warm Up America Foundation

http://www.warmupamerica.org/

I found this amazing organization many years ago and am so thankful I did! People from all around the United States knit or crochet simple 7×9 inch squares and mail them into “Warm Up America” where the squares are joined together to make blankets for people in need.

I love to crochet and I love to serve, so when I sit down to crochet at home, in the car, or while I’m waiting somewhere, it makes me smile that I can do something so little that can make a big difference for someone else.

Here’s a pile of squares I crocheted to send into “Warm Up America”. Can you tell that I love to crochet? It’s actually quite addicting!

 

Would you like to learn how to do a simple single crochet stitch and make squares for “Warm Up America”?

Would you like to lead an organized group service project to crochet squares?

If yes, you are in the right place! 

I guide you step by step in my simple “how to” videos…I  call it the Gina way to crochet! 

 

Here’s how it works…

 

Step #1 

Buy materials. (If you already have these items, yay for you, skip to step 2 :)

*Yarn(medium weight/worsted weight acrylic yarn)

*A crochet hook(The yarn packaging will tell you which hook size to use. I love I-9)

 

Step #2

Let’s begin with the end in mind – Learn about the organization & how to make a simple square sample guide.

 

Step #3

Let’s secure your work from the get go – How to make a slip knot.

 

Step #4 

Let’s start crocheting – How to hold your yarn and crochet your 1st row.

 

Step #5 

Let’s keep it going – How to crochet your 2nd row.

 

Step #6

Let’s learn to turn – How to turn, crochet the 3rd row and other rows until you reach the finish line.

 

Step #7

Let’s finish it off – How to finish your square. 

 

Step #8

Let’s get your square to where it can help make a difference in someone’s life. 

You did it! You finished a square. Pat yourself on the back because you can! 

Mail your square(s) in so that it(they) can be made into a warm blanket to help someone in need. :)

Click on the link below for the address to send your square(s) to…

http://www.warmupamerica.org/faq