The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
Last winter I mentioned a cause close to my heart that I wanted to get involved in: The Mother Bear Project. I pledged to knit a bear in honor of each of my kids. I have my pattern, a stash of worsted weight yarn, and I’m ready to get started.
The Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to making a difference and bringing comfort to children impacted by AIDS/HIV in emerging nations by giving them a handmade bear. The bears are knit or crocheted and then given to the children with a tag signed by the crafter who poured his or her love into the stitches.
As a knitter, and as a mother who knows how much her own children are connected to their stuffed animals, I was immediately drawn to the project. When my kids are sad or scared, they cuddle with their “lovies” and find comfort. Every child deserves to have a bear to love and cuddle – to find comfort.