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comfort scarves for abused women

Since the end of 2008, when I started Handmade Especially for You, we have made 55,000 comfort scarves and distributed them to 60 shelters for abused women throughout S. CA. The women who receive our scarves are amazed that anyone they don't even know have made something so beautiful for them. In general, they have very low self-esteem, but when they receive one of our scarves, their spirits lift. Directors at the shelters use this moment to encourage the women to engage in the education and therapy that will make their future lives free from abuse.

I started Handmade after I sold my stock photo agency of 20+ years. I picked up knitting again and began making items for my granddaughters. I made too many things for them, and when I visited my daughter, I found some of them in her giveaway box. I realized I needed to find people who wanted what I had to offer. Many of Handmade's volunteers are in a similar position. They have made all the scarves, washcloths, slippers, etc. their friends and family can use, yet they still have creative energy and want to help the community. Handmade provides an outlet for their creativity and generosity.

We have almost 1,000 volunteers on our list; they come from all over the US and even from England, Scotland, Germany, and South Africa. We have affiliated groups in the US who make comfort scarves and distribute them to shelters in their own areas. Our participants come from senior centers, retirement homes, church groups, high schools, and other service organizations.

There is too much abuse and there is never enough comfort scarves. Please join our project.


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