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  • Writer's pictureMakenzie

Gratitude in Stitches

The first 9 years of my marriage I stood by the side of my husband during his military service. We were apart more than we were together. The longest years of my life were waiting and hoping for his safe return from his deployments. I knew it was never about me and it wasn't about our kids. It was about supporting him, sending packages, and reminding him we were here waiting; but not everyone gets these reminders.

So why I telling you a little bit of our back story? Sometimes things come your way that hit close to home, and you want to help spread the word. My new friends at Operation Gratitude is asking for help from the fiber community. They know how much we love we put in each stitch and they are hoping you will raid your yarn stash

(or find something new) and contribute to their ambitious goal of sending half a million packages this year. Each package goes to a soldier, veteran, first responder, or their families as a way to say thank you for all they do. It is just a small reminder that not only what they do is important, but they are too. Operation Gratitude has teamed up with Love Crafts to bring knitters and crocheters Free patterns that are perfect for these care packages. These small handcrafted gifts will bring warmth and joy to these selfless men, women, and children. I hope you will join us in helping Operation Gratitude reach their goal.

How to contribute:

1) Download a free pattern for the item you’d like to donate.

Scarves should be no more than 4-6 inches wide and 48-50 inches long.

Toys should be six inches tall or less.

2) Get your yarn and needles/hook

3) Fill out a Donation Form and send it to:

Operation Gratitude

ATTN: Handmade Items Program

21100 Lassen Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278

Don't forget to share your makes #makinggratitude and Love Crafts might post it on their account.


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