Thank you to all the donors! Winners have been contacted via ravelry message.
I have always been inspired by families who foster and/or adopt children. If you know me, you know that I love children, and I am fascinated by family and social dynamics. Having grown up in a fairly normal and loving family, I wasn't exposed to negative or unstable families until I was fortunate enough to work with some of the amazing library-going kids at my last job. The thought of children growing up without at least one parent around to supervise, love, or support them is almost incomprehensible to me, but I know it happens. Some children and families need help, help that may come in the form of placing the kids with another caregiver who is better equipped to do the actual parenting. So whether it is the Tuohy family of The Blind Side, a member of my knitting group, or my friend Jenn's mom and dad, foster and adoptive familes are my rockstars. I know that one day, when I am ready to start a family, fostered and adopted children will be a part of it. But for now, the best thing I can provide is monetary support. That is one reason why I am thrilled to be doing the Walk for Children in Foster Care for the Foster and Family Services Foundation this Saturday. To help raise money for this worthy cause, I am hosting a raffle here on my blog. You can make donations on my fundraising page here. Each $5 donation will give you one raffle entry. For example, if you donate $20 you will have your name entered 4 times. No donation is too small; every little bit helps!
Here are the prizes:
1. An item handmade by me! Any non-knitters entering will be entered in a drawing to win a hand-knit accessory set of your choice. I'd suggest a hat, cowl, and fingerless mittens, but I'll knit any 3 accessories of your choice! The winner and I can talk about colors and patterns so you get something completely custom. If you don't want handknits we can talk about something else, like baked goods.
2. Two skeins of Madelinetosh Sport in new color Lumiere! This 100% superwash merino wool yarn is soft and springy with amazing stitch definition. It is currently only available on Madelinetosh's etsy site.