Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Creative caring & sharing

I learned a new term yesterday: scarf bombing. Have you heard about it? Apparently, this has been around for a few years. It was just news to me.

With much of the U.S. enduring deep-freeze temps during this season, knitters and crocheters are engaging in an act of what one website calls "wooly kindness." They're creating warm scarves and hanging them up in public place with little hangtags on each one inviting anyone who wants or needs one to take it. People can simply help themselves. Some communities are calling this Chase the Chill. And that's just what they're doing: chasing away the chill for many who have few or no warm winter clothes. Isn't that a wonderful idea?

It's a good reminder to me of the value of building community, of creativity and especially of giving—particularly giving to those who really need. I can only imagine the joy each of the knitters and crocheters must feel at being part of such a wonderful outreach. They have the joy of creating a thing of warmth and beauty. And then they have the additional joy of knowing it went to someone who really needed it. Does it get any better than that?

If you are interested in this project, simply Google Chase the Chill or scarf bombing. Or do your creative best to come up with an idea like it. I'm guessing you could come up with lots of good ideas to show your care and to share what you have with others. I don't knit, but I'm thinking there are other things I can do. Hmmm, I need to give this some thought.

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