Why Crochet the World's Biggest Stocking
As you know, we've been working very closely over the past several months with Caron on their World's Biggest Stocking project, which benefits the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to help provide college educations to children in need nationwide. We sat down with Janet Smith, Director of Marketing for Caron, to discuss the program, who it helps, and how you can get involved. Here's Janet!
How did Caron come up with the idea of building the World's Biggest Stocking?
As you know Caron supports the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, which is a charity organization that provides college educations to kids who have lost parents in the line of duty. And we just wanted to have an initiative that would bring people together as well as be something that was visible, so it was sort of a movement of something bigger and there came the World's Biggest Stocking.
How long has Caron been involved with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation? How did that partnership come about?
We had been working with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation prior to launching Caron United which was in 2014, so we have been working with them for well over a year now. And at the time we were looking to find a charity and when we came across the Children of Fallen Patriots, we were very impressed that 100 percent of the funds go directly to the recipients, and it's such a great cause. It's wonderful that they are helping to provide these scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, and for them the hardest thing is actually finding the children, because oftentimes after a parent passes away, the rest of the family moves.
When do you expect the stocking to be complete? Will you be hosting some sort of celebration to commemorate the occasion?
We are aiming to have the stocking finished by the end of this year, and yes, we are planning a very special event for that time period. The event details are top-secret and will be revealed shortly.
What are some ways people can get involved with this project?
We would love people to join us by stitching as many 3-foot-by-3-foot stocking blanket sections as possible, and you can find details about that on our website at www.yarnspirations.com. Stocking blankets will be sewn together to create the World's Largest Stocking. They can also find a whole lot of details about not only the charity but also the stocking project online.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is just such a wonderful charity because it helps so many kids in need. Oftentimes when a parent is lost in the line of duty, the family doesn't have a lot of options for a college education, their funds are significantly reduced and therefore it can really impact their future. What the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is doing is providing that college education and help to secure that for them. We're hoping that everyone will join us using Caron United yarn and working with us on the Caron World's Biggest Stocking project.
For more information about how you can get involved with Caron's World's Biggest Stocking initiative, visit www.yarnspirations.com/caronunited. And, be sure to download the latest FREE knitting and crochet patterns to stitch your piece of the stocking today!