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.
The pattern for the bears (knit or crochet) is $5 and you can purchase it online or by mail. I’ve also learned that the pattern for the bears is in the book Knitting for Peace by Betty Christiansen.
You create your bear, everyone uses the same pattern, and then send it to Mother Bear along with $3 to cover the cost of shipping. The bears then head off to their new homes, ready to be loved and offer comfort and joy.
There are many ways to get involved with The Mother Bear Project. You can …
- Knit or crochet bears
- Sponsor bears
- Join the Mother Bear Project on facebook
- Purchase Mother Bear gifts
- Make a monetary donation
- Donate needed supplies
I would love it if those of you who knit, or crochet, would knit along with me on a Mother Bear KAL (knit-a-long).
I plan to cast on for my first bear, which I’m knitting in honor of my oldest daughter, Jillian, later today. She is actually a knitter herself, and has asked if she can help me make bears. I will be checking in once a month or so to update you on my progress, but I would also love to hear from those of you who are making bears, too.
I think it would be wonderful if we could encourage each other and do something kind for these special children at the same time.
Will you join me in Knitting (or Crocheting) Along some bears for the Mother Bear Project? What causes do you craft for? Do you get your kids involved in the charity crafting?