By now, most of us have been shocked, horrified, and felt paralyzed by the enormity of the Syrian refugee crisis. There are at least 4 million Syrians living outside of their home country as refugees, having fled to a wide variety of Middle Eastern and European countries. Every day we are given more information about the refugee crisis, and the numbers seem overwhelming.
More than 16 million Syrians are in need of assistance, both within and outside of Syria.
One in five Syrians is a refugee.
More than half of these refugees is under the age of 18.
Thousands of Syrians flee each day, many only leaving after seeing their neighbors, schools, or their own homes bombed.
EVERY HOUR, A BABY IS BORN TO A REFUGEE FLEEING THE CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA.
These statistics bring me to tears. If I'm honest, most often I feel helpless in the face of this much suffering. Whenever I feel helpless, I pick up my knitting needles, and make hat after hat until I can't see straight. There is comfort for me, found in the repetition of knit and purl stitches, slowly making items I can box up and send to people in the midst of great need.
Throughout history, knitters around the world have banded together in times of crisis, and their efforts have historically made a difference. This current crisis is no different, as knitters around the globe are taking to their needles to make everything they can for the civilians being displaced by war, creating the worst refugee crisis since World War 2.
So how can you help? Start knitting! For the month of October, we'll be focusing our knitting efforts here at MAKE | GIVE | REPEAT on knitting for Syrian refugees, sending our finished items to Hats And More for War-Torn Syria. You can knit literally anything, and it will be used and loved almost certainly.
Items of need include hats, sweaters, blankets, socks, and baby items of all kinds. 100% wool items are preferred, because warmth is a priority, and acrylic can be a fire risk for folks living without electricity and in close proximity to open flames, as many refugees do. Remember to tag your items for fiber content and size, so the folks who sort all the donated items know where to send them!
If you are someone who sews, you can also make reusable menstrual pads, which are also in SERIOUS NEED.
For now, you can check out our October Featured Charity Pinterest board, where both Heather and I will be adding ideas throughout the month. We will also be sharing a featured charity and yarn tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that!
US Mailing Address:
Salaam Cultural Museum
3806 Whitman Ave N
Seattle. WA 98103
UK Mailing Address:
Birmingham Storage Point
Hand in Hand for Syria
Fortwill Car Centre
426-430 Garris on Green