As you may remember, last month, from September 5th-October 5th, Stitch and Unwind partnered with Rush University Medical Center to collect handmade prayer shawls for sick patients in need. Readers and yarnies from around the globe took the time to knit or crochet a prayer shawl (or several!) during that time and mailed them in to our offices. We’ve unboxed them all, counted them up, and gotten them ready for Rush, and we have a final total for you today.
The total number of shawls received was… 393!
Rush University Medical Center collects prayer shawls year-round for their palliative care patients and usually receives around 15 shawls per month. In just one month, with your help, we collected nearly 400 shawls – that’s more shawls than the hospital would usually receive in two years’ time! We can’t thank you enough for your donations and your words of comfort and encouragement. Together, we’ve managed to do something pretty incredible.
We’re always thrilled to have the opportunity to work with charities and we’re so excited that we were able to collect so many shawls! Thank you to everyone that donated.
Here are just a few of the many beautiful shawls we received. All in all, it took two vehicles to take them all to Rush University Medical Center.
Anyone still interested in donating a knit or crochet prayer shawl can find more information and a mailing address at the charity website. Find all of our free crochet prayer shawls here, and don’t miss our full collection of knit prayer shawls, as well.
We’ve also selected a grand prize winner from our collection of entries – congrats to Janet for winning the grand prize bundle from our friends at Red Heart!
If you missed out on this charity drive, though, don’t worry – check back here November 2nd for another great charity opportunity that we can’t wait to tell you about! Until then, you can keep yourself busy by working up any number of our best prayer shawl patterns from AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting.
What charity do you love to help out?