Craft Hope Project - Orphan Outreach
Last week I came across a blog post on Under the Sycamore that introduced me to Craft Hope. In the founders' own words: "Craft Hope is a love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those who need them. It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world."
For Project 12, Craft Hope is partnering with Orphan Outreach and sending them a little love to take to Russia. Crafters from around the world are making bracelets for an Orphan Outreach team to pass out to kids when they visit Russia in August. To read more about the project, please visit the Craft Hope Project page.
This project struck a cord with me because in 2004 I spent a few days visiting a Russian orphanage when I was in the country volunteering with the International Crane Foundation.
|The younger children were taking naps when we arrived.|
|Ambrea with a few of the girls all pretty in pink.|
The children were so sweet. We played games with them and they performed a few traditional Russian folk dances for us later in the night. We brought small gifts for the kids including some beaded bracelets. My bead container at home is so full I can't even close it right now so I decided to make a few bracelets for the Craft Hope project.
These 11 bracelets took me such a small amount of time to make compared to the big smiles that they will give the kids who receive them. Along with the bracelets I sent a little note to the woman who is collecting all of the donations.
If you are a crafty person, I encourage you to donate just a little bit of your time to help spread hope and love to those in need. If this Craft Hope project isn't for you, perhaps a future one will work out better.