Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On August - 31 - 2005   ShareThis

Well, there’s not much more to say about the mess Katrina has made than has already been said. Good vibes, best wishes, warm thoughts, all of that goes out to everyone suffering. But the best thing you can send is money. Because there are no resources to store or distribute donations of food, clothing, or even lovingly knitted blankets, people are urged to send moulah. Cold hard cash. Greenbacks. It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.

Let’s show them the money, people!

And if you’re so inclined, help some furry critters out, too.

Pretend you’re going to make a gorgeous, luxurious blanket, hat, or scarf to comfort someone who has been affected. Now, save yourself a bunch of time and just send the money you would have spent on the yarn. Then throw in a little more for a pair of matching slippers.

11 Responses

  1. Norma says:

    Yes, that is so true. As much as we’d like to send tangible items, it’s always the cold, hard truth: they need cold, hard cash more than anything, ever, and that’s true for all charitable and relief organizations. And they can make it go farther that way, too. We have a knee-jerk reaction against it, but it’s the truth.

  2. elisa says:

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that people do exactly what you’ve suggested and that *NO ONE* decides to start knitting scarves to send to victims. Cash is good.

  3. knitvixen says:

    Bless your heart. There’ll be plenty of time for such tangible items later; right now, money is best.

    Our town is filled to bursting with refugees, even up in Arkansas. These people need as much help as they can get as quick as it can get here. Thank you for making more folks aware!

  4. Nik says:

    you are hilarious. I just read the last two posts.

  5. Lisa says:

    Well said Stitchy.

  6. jessica says:

    speaking of animals….

    thanks for the link to the red cross.

  7. Patti says:

    That guinea pig dress looks very shapeless when it’s layed out, but it’s actually very flattering to the pig.

    We gave to the Red Cross, and we’re waiting to see how to donate my son’s clothes that he’s outgrown, and school supplies and such. This is going to be a very long-term rebuild.

    BTW, I have a cat that big. He gave me a black eye once when I was trying to get him into his carrier – I’m sure he’d rip my throat out if I tried to get him into something like that. Not to mention those are not his colors.

  8. CatBookMom says:

    Hi. Last week a knitter friend loaned me an ‘Elle’ pattern book from the early 80s. Some of the patterns/pictures *absolutely* belong in your MOKS. You MUST see the LineBacker Shoulder Pads Cardi!! If you’d like me to send you some of the pictures, email me. I’m at (remove spaces, change CAPs) grdn cats AT pac bell DOT com

  9. boyswillbe says:

    Thanks for suggesting that knitters put their money where their hearts are instead of their needles and yarn. While making things is a nice gesture, it’s just not going to be all that helpful to people right now. Knitters need to realize that knitting is not a panacea for all that ails the world. It might help the knitters feel better about things… but Katrina victims need money right now, more than homemade blankets, hats, sweaters and washcloths.

  10. Mica says:

    Yup…I agree..while I’d love to knit stuff for everyone effected by Katrine…I gotta face the facts that It’d take a month to get 1 thing done! (I think I have a fear of Finishing projects)Anyways, You are great Stitchy keep it up!!!

  11. April says:

    I’m happy to say that our congregations locally are putting up 7 families and we are able to help by giving all sorts of stuff to them since they will be put up in apartments near us and came here with nothing but the clothes on their backs. So scary what they have been through, and seems more tragic since it was rather uneccesary. – On a lighter note, you got honorable mention in my blog – thought I should tell you I was talking about you =) (in a good way – I’m a major fan)

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