Giving It Away

Multi-tasking (note the iPhone for tweeting while I craft)
It's that time again, folks! Our little craft group at Company X is off to make stuff for charity this afternoon.

For the uninitiated, Company X generously gives its employees four hours each quarter to do volunteer work. They don't really care what we do - pick up litter on the side of the road, help out at the local retirement home, volunteer at your kids school for a day, etc - they just want us out in the community doing something for the greater good.

At the beginning of the year, Cassandra found the book Craft Hope by Jade Sims. Thus began our Crafting for Charity group. Every quarter a group of us get together and make something to give away to people in need. We've made quilts that were sent to Japan after the earthquake, little girls' dresses that were sent to Haiti, fleece blankets for a pet shelter, tiny knitted caps for preemie babies, and more. Today we're going to be working on baby kimonos.

We're making the envelope bottom so little toes can't escape
Doing this every three months has turned out to be one of the most fulfilling parts of our job. As a team-building activity, it's been great. I love doing something fun with people who I work with. All the politics and wrangling gets left behind and I get to know the real person. Plus, packing the boxes and envelopes to send off our finished crafts is a huge soul-warmer.

I hope that our group will continue and that our idea will expand. I'd love to see other groups form to do charity work like this.

Maybe next week we'll post some pics of our day and our finished products. Have a great weekend everyone!

- Alex


  1. What a wonderful idea :) Sociable and charitable, I love it.

  2. @pinkundine - We borrow the workroom at a local fabric shop. They have it set up with tables and outlets because they do a lot of quilting classes there. It's a perfect solution. Makes for a fun afternoon out of the office.

  3. @Stacey - Thanks. We really do enjoy it. You should start one with your friends!