Crocheting for Military Families
Caron United has partnered with Children of Fallen Patriots to invite crocheters and knitters—as well as potential crocheters and knitters, so invite your friends—to crochet and knit blanket squares that will be joined to create the World's Largest Stocking. This partnership runs through next year, and the World's Largest Stocking will be unveiled at a special event during the 2015 holiday season. Fifteen cents from the sales of every ball of Caron United yarn will be donated to Children of Fallen Patriots to support college education funding for military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
Here is a short video on how the program works:
|David, Sarah, Jena, and Wesley Green|
Providing college funding helps relieve just one of the many burdens that these military families bear when their lives suddenly change. When Sarah Greene's husband, Marine Corps pilot David Greene, was killed during a helicopter mission in Iraq, she immediately felt the weight of responsibility for securing a successful for her daughter, Jena, and son, Wesley.
"In the midst of all the shock and disbelief of losing David, my biggest concern was how would I take care of our children and their futures alone," Sarah said. "I started worrying literally within days of his death."
Sarah started researching options for financial assistance with college, and the support she received from Children of Fallen Patriots helped send Jena and Wesley to college. Jena's now a junior in college and Wesley begins his freshman year this fall. Jena and Wesley are among about 5,400 military who have received scholarships, grants, and educational counseling from Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.
How to Help
So how can you and I help with this effort? It's easy. Just pick up a few skeins of Caron United yarn online or at your local Michael's, Jo-Ann's, Walmart, or A.C. Moore. Fifteen cents from every skein will be donated by Caron United to Children of Fallen Patriots.
You can download a pattern from Caron's Yarnspirations site or we have some specially created patterns for both knitters and crocheters:
Let's give back to the families who have given us so much! You can follow the project's progress on Facebook.
Get your yarn, download your pattern, start crocheting your contribution to the world's biggest stocking, and help our nation's children of fallen patriots!