How to help the children of Newtown, CT

Most of us feel at a loss for words when it comes to the tragedy that occurred this week in Newtown, CT. Such a senseless act of violence leaves us feeling powerless. We’re not sure what could have been done to prevent such an event.

However, in the aftermath, there is something you can do to help. No matter where you live, you can contribute to the healing process.

When Dee Stanziano (Happily Hooked on Crochet-CT & Crochet Guild of America) and Rhonda Reese (Crochet Guild of Prince William County-VA & CGOA) asked if I could help gather stuffed animals for the children of Newtown, I said, “Heck yeah!”. (Well, I actually said, “You guys are geniuses, let me know how to help…”)

Logistics are still being sorted out, and I’ll keep you up to date. But here’s what you can start doing right now: get out your crochet hook and start crocheting!

Update (12/18/12): We have a mailing address!

Please mail your stuffed animals to: The Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club

c/o Nancy

3238 Route 52

Stormville, NY 12582

If you would like to download a hangtag to print, visit this website.

Make stuffed animals for the children of Newtown

We all know how comforting a stuffed animal is, and the goal is to gather a stuffed animal for each of the 450 students at the school. We’d also like to collect animals for siblings of students at the school, likely doubling this number.

how to help children of Newtown, CT

Here are the details that have been organized so far:

  • Crochet, knit or sew a stuffed animal.
  • The school’s colors are green & white, if you’d like that to factor into your color choices.
  • Animals can be mailed in (the address is still being arranged, stay tuned), or brought to a drop-off point if you’re in the CT or DC area.
  • We’re aiming to gather/ship animals within the next week or two, since that’s when the need is strongest.

Are you the sort of person who just loves making stuffed animals and has a stash? And no recipient in mind? Awesome! This is the perfect opportunity! You don’t need to make a stuffed animal just for this occasion… any new & handmade animal will do the trick.

hugo hippo

Animal Suggestions

Animals that are ‘cuddle-sized’ (approx. 6-12 inches tall) are preferable. While most FreshStitches patterns are this size, there are also a number of free patterns available that would be fabulous.

If your heart is aching, then channel those feelings into making a stuffed animal that will be cherished in this tough time.

kit Just a reminder: I’m heading out of town tomorrow! So, today (December 16th) is the last day to order kits or books, and have them shipped before I depart.

All orders placed after today will be shipped when I return home on January 16, 2013. (Whoa! That sounds like a long way away, right?!?)

Patterns will be emailed during this time, as usual.

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Dec 16, 2012 | Posted by in Blog, Fresh from Stacey | 29 comments

Comments (29 Responses)

  1. Tammy says:

    Love that you are doing this! I’m on it!

  2. Kelly says:

    I love this, I’m in too. I had done two of your designs for my grandson for Christmas, but honestly he doesn’t need them. I am putting them in the mail tomorrow directly to the school – Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickinson Dr., Sandy Hook, CT 06482

    • Stacey says:

      Thank you so much, Kelly.

      If you’d like to wait to get the address of the collection point, it might be worth it. I’m not sure, but the guild might be planning on attaching a note/tag to each one so that they’re sorta uniform.

  3. Marlicia says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this. I’ll see what I can do.

  4. Sarah in Houwton says:

    I’d love to donate my just completed Archer. He is so adorable and a large huggable puppy. I’ll watch for the address.

  5. Annette says:

    I’m Canadian and would love to donate. I will watch for a address:)

  6. Jessica says:

    This is such a great idea!

  7. Wendy says:

    I will be making a few bears! Starting on them now! Thought and prays for each family in this terrible time.

  8. Renee says:

    I read somewhere else the colors are blue and yellow. Just wondering. Great idea!!

  9. Yvonne says:

    Thank you for letting us know about this Stacey. I loved the idea from Sarah that she will send her just completed Archer. I will follow her lead and do that as well. Mine happens to be green and white.

  10. Pamela Waters says:

    I am making items right now for this project…thank you for the opportunity to help them.

  11. Emily says:

    I’d love to help out. I’ll be posting mine from Australia so hopefully it doesn’t take to long to get there. Waiting for the address! Thanks Stacey!!

  12. Yvonne says:

    I too will donate my purple and white Archer. I sure hope whoever receives mine feels comfort and love.

  13. I would to help with stuffed animals. Sorry that I saw this late & would like pattern emailed to me. All my prayers are with the families. I have 10 grandchildren ranging from 4 yrs old to 19 yrs old, blest that they are in my life today. Wait for address.

  14. Patty (aka pattycrochets) says:

    Stacey, great idea! Should we tag the ami’s with yarn type, washing instructions & such?

    Have a wonderful & restfull (is that possible during the holidays?) trip. You certainly deserve it.

    • Stacey says:

      @Patty- That’s such a great question. Let me find out if we’re mailing them directly, or if they’re going to a central location that will do the tagging. I’ll keep you posted!

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  16. Charlotte says:

    Hi Stacey-
    I would definitely like to make a stuffed animal but would like to create my own, as I am a weaver (rather than use a kit). Is this ok? Thanks!

  17. Amy says:

    Stacey – I am not a crochet-er but I am a mom and this horrible tragedy has hit me harder than anything I can remember. I can’t even imagine how the children and parents are coping. Since this is not something I can do, I was wondering if there is a way for me to help. We host a Christmas party every year and we ask for donations to help with needy children. I was wondering if there is a way I can donate money to help you guys reach your goal and to pay for any shipping costs? I spoke with the other moms that are coming and everyone wants to chip in…it may not be alot but it may help. Let me know if you have any thoughts.

    Thank you.

  18. Cindy says:

    I was thinking of making some scarves with hearts on each end for some of the families so they can wear. Them and feel the love. I have never done the animals. Maybe if a few of us get together and do scarves we could give those to the parents of the kids/spouses of the adults?

  19. Marigold says:

    Thank you for co-organizing this wonderful project. I have added you to a list of handmade projects that benefit Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown:

  20. Amy says:

    Sent mine off today! Thanks for making us aware of the need and where to send them. Feel like I am helping in my own tiny way. : )

  21. Rae Haller says:

    Reading this late, so won’t get to get them there until after Christmas. Thanks Stacey for this wonderful project. I’ve wondered what I could do. You are awesome!

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