Saving the World One Person At a TimeBy Veronica Smith – 10 Comments
Well I was going to call this article “Real Men Crochet”, and that is still applicable however RECENTLY I have had an unusual amount of emotional ‘stress’ and I have really appreciated my crocheting – more than normal. My life has been on hold for a few weeks and whilst sitting, waiting, pacing, worrying and comforting in various hospitals and nursing homes I found that crocheting saved me. So I now figure that I need to save the world one person at a time and you need to help me – pretty please.
So this leads me to this wonderful article I came across and I just thought I’d pass on the wonderful story that I read. We all know that crocheting relaxes us after a hard day at work or with the kids. Many people crochet whilst visiting in hospitals or waiting for news. It is a natural drug, it calms us down when we are stressed, gives us joy when we succeed and makes us feel warm and fuzzy when we donate our completed works.
It was no surprise to me then when I read about the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s unique REAL MEN CROCHET PROGRAM. Here is what the Correctional Center has implemented:
Real Men Crochet Program started in March 2008. The two-phase program provides inmates with the basic art of crocheting and then gives them the opportunity to donate works to area non-profit groups, making community service an integral part of re-entry. Inmates have made attractive scarves and hats for the local homeless shelter. The men have also made beautiful afghans that were donated to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, inmates have started crocheting sweaters for Guide Posts for Kids. These sweaters will be sent overseas and throughout the United States. Presently, there are 20 inmates that are crocheting in this program and the waiting list continues to grow. So far, 57 scarves and hats have been sent to a homeless shelter in Dayton, Ohio. A total of 16 afghans were sent to the VA hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, three (3) United States flag afghans are completed; one (1) Ohio State flag afghan, and 63 hats and scarves are ready to be dropped off. All of the materials for this program are donated by the public.
Maybe we should all look at seeing what we can do in the way of teaching crochet to others. Schools could benefit, many children are under stress from school work or peer pressure. Mothers groups could be taught to crochet, anybody who is a mother knows that having children can be just as taxing and tiring as it is rewarding, and as a bonus they will acquire a skill to treat their family with. Who else can you think of? Can you help a group or just an individual perhaps? Maybe we could all just teach 2 people (more if you can) to crochet. Ask in return if they will each teach 2 people. Can you imagine how fast the world would calm down and feel good about itself.
Happy crocheting – Let’s be positive.