Toasty Guerrillas – What are we about?

While Christmas shopping in downtown Seattle, I encountered a number of homeless people.  Not having a whole lot of money, I felt awful that I couldn’t help them out with a couple of bucks.  And then I thought about my life and I where would I be without the love and support from my friends and family.  I tried to figure out a way to let these people know that someone cares about them.  And then it hit me… I can knit and I can sew.  And I know a lot of other crafty people.  We all have scraps of yarn or materials leftover from other projects.  So why not put those scraps to good use and make scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, socks and whatever else we could to, to at the very least, keep these people warm during the cold winter months.  But instead of just handing all of the scarves, mittens, hats, etc to a shelter, why not hand them to a person in need.  Or leave them in a place where you know they might find them.  Not every homeless person can get to a shelter.   If you hand something handmade to a person they know that it was made with love.  And that fact that you are acknowledging that person and telling them that you care enough to make something for them.  I’m sure there are plenty of homeless people that feel like they are invisible and no one cares for them.  I want to show them that someone does care for them and knows that they are there.

So help out.  Knit something.  Make something.  Give it to them.  Let them know that you care.   If you’re not comfortable with going up to a homeless person, then by all means, donate what you made to a shelter.  Or you can leave a scarf behind on a park bench, or in the subway station.  Pin a little note on it that says “Someone cares for you – The Toasty Guerrillas”

If you live in a warmer climate, make something light weight, more suited to your climate.  Or if you’d like, contact me directly and I’ll give you my address and I can distribute your items around Seattle.

Please email me if you are interested in joining the gang.  I’ll be sure to add you to the member list.

I’ll also be posting free patterns for hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and socks for you to choose from.  But feel free to use whatever pattern you are comfortable with.

Thanks everyone!  I look forward to hearing from everyone!  – The OG (Original Guerrilla)

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2 responses to “Toasty Guerrillas – What are we about?

  1. this is an amazing idea! i’m betting you could find people all over that would be willing to have items donated to them so they could distribute them in their own cities, or organize mass “toasty guerillas” nights of action.

    i have some friends in philly who used to do something similar, but they didn’t handmake the items. however, they’d go out at like 3am and pepper the city’s homeless with blankets and hats and scarves and such, just leaving them by the sleeping homeless people they encountered.

    at any rate, you should consider starting a ravelry group (if you’re a member). also, i’d love you to contact me so i can write about you for my website (warmwithlove.com) …

  2. Hi Robyn! Thanks for the kind words! I’ll be sure to get in touch with you! PS – I never even thought about starting a Ravelry group but I just might have to do it!

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