Monday, August 21, 2017

CHALLENGE #26 - 2017

THE LAUREL CENTER - Winchester, Virginia


In 1991, The Laurel Center was the first program in Virginia to change the identities of two families whose situations were so dangerous that they required new identities and relocation outside Virginia.

Let's send slippers and washcloths to the Laurel Center. Please use generic colors for all slipper sizes (with the exception of women’s).

35 women - DONE
  9 preteens - DONE
  9 youth - DONE
  9 toddlers - DONE
  5 baby booties - DONE
70 washcloths - DONE

Mailing Date: September 25, 2017

Send to:
   Cindy Marzullo
   Box 14
   Winchester, VA 22604

If you would like to take part in this challenge, please send us your pledge via our email:   We will need to know which category/categories and the number you wish to make in each category you pledge.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CHALLENGE #25 - 2017

San Antonio, Texas

The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter was referred to us by our member, Regina E.  Thank you, Regina, for sharing the info.  We are having some great shelters referred to us by our members.

So, everyone, we are off to visit the Battered Women and Children's shelter in San Antonio, Texas.

Here is what we will need for them:

 135 women - Still need 76
   10 teen boys and men - Still need 3
   15 preteen girls - Still need 15
   15 preteen boys - DONE
   15 youth girls - DONE
   15 youth boys - DONE
   10 toddler girls - DONE
   10 toddler boys - DONE
    5 girl booties - DONE
    5 boy booties - DONE
250 Washcloths - DONE

MAILING DEADLINE: September 15, 2017


Battered Women and Children's Shelter
2617 N. Main Street
San Antonio, TX (double checking the zip code....will post as soon as confirmed)

We apologize for the blog not being updated for a while with all of the challenges that we have done recently on our Facebook page.    One of our administrator's mother was very ill and she didn't have the extra time to add the challenges here.   However, our Pink Slipper Project members have been very busy over on Facebook, pledging and making slippers and washcloths for 10 more challenges since we posted here.   We have had challenges for the following DV shelters:

#15 - 2017  -  Spruce Run - Bangor, Maine
#16 - 2017  -  Circle of Hope - Cornelia, Georgia
#17 - 2017  -  Safehouse  -  Denver, Colorado
#18 - 2017  -  Women's Shelter  -  Long Beach, California
#19 - 2017  -  Family Abuse Center  -  Waco, Texas
#20 - 2017  -  Care Lodge  -  Meredian, Mississippi
#21 - 2017  - DOVE, Inc.  -  Decatur, Illinois
#22 - 2017  -  HAVIN  -  Kittanning, Pennsylvania
#23 - 2017  -  YWCA  -  St. Joseph, Missouri
#24 - 2017  -  Bethany House  -  Toledo, Ohio

We just posted a new challenge this afternoon on Facebook and it is already being pledged!  It will be posted here on the blog shortly!    Please feel free to join us by sending your pledge to our email address at or check out our Facebook page and make your pledge there.

If  you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne

Monday, May 8, 2017

CHALLENGE #14-2017

FAITH HOUSE, Lafayette, LA


Faith House is in Louisiana, which is a new state for us. Faith House has an on-site pet program, so we will be having a Cozies for Pets as part of our challenge. The information needed will be located just below the slipper and washcloth challenge note.

Lets get our engines started and head to Lafayette, LA.

  40 Women - DONE

    5 teen boys - DONE
    4 girl booties - DONE
    4 boy booties - DONE
    8 toddler girls -DONE
    8 toddler boys - DONE
    8 youth girls - DONE
    8 youth boys - DONE
    8 preteen girls - DONE
    8 preteen boys - DONE
100 washcloths - DONE


Brittany Martinez
Faith House
P.O. Box 93145
Lafayette, LA 70509


3 - 20”x20” blankets/pads - DONE
3 - 24”x24” blankets/pads - DONE
2 - 24”x30” or 30”x30” blankets/pads - DONE

Pet blankets/pads may be crocheted, knitted, or sewn. If crochet or knit, blanket yarn or several strands of worsted weight held together makes a nice thick pad. If sewn, flannel, corduroy, fleece or denim are good materials - with a layer of batting in between - with a line or two of stitching through the middle to hold batting in place. Even an old clean blanket can be cut up and used for batting. ALL ITEMS MUST BE WASHABLE!

Mailing date and address are the same for slippers.

Friday, April 28, 2017

****UPDATE****   CHALLENGE #13-2017 went up on the Facebook page and was completely pledged so quickly that it didn't get posted on the blog!   

There will be a new challenge posted soon......probably sometime keep checking in with us or, better yet, sign up to receive notifications of new posts (in right column).

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CHALLENGE #12 - 2017

DAIS – Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Madison, Wisconsin


From the DAIS website: What is the Power of One Campaign? It is the power of one voice, one message, one conversation, one intervention. We all have the power to change harmful attitudes, to speak up, and to support the work to end domestic abuse. The campaign is open to anyone who wants to take action to prevent domestic abuse.

Let's send the power of many Pink Slipper hands to Madison, WI.

  40 women - DONE
    2 men -  DONE
    8 preteen girls -  DONE
    8 preteen boys -  DONE
    8 youth girls -  DONE
    8 youth boys -  DONE
    8 toddler girls -  DONE
    8 toddler boys -  DONE
    8 booties girls -  DONE
    8 booties boys -  DONE
100 Washcloths  -  DONE


Alyssa Theda, Development Associate
2102 Fordem Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

In the last month or so, our Admins have been very busy with personal and family issues and the blog has been neglected a little bit.   But, several challenges have been posted (and completed) over on our Facebook page during this time......including our last challenge, which was a very large one.   To our amazement (well, maybe I shouldn't say that because we have such wonderful and dedicated members in this group), this very large challenge was completely pledged in TWO DAYS!!!!  

We have now posted our next challenge  ---  CHALLENGE #12 of 2017  ---  to the Facebook page and will be posting here on the blog very shortly.

If you would like to take part in this challenge by pledging and making some slippers for this shelter, please list your pledge in the comments area under the challenge - OR - even better, send it by email to us:

You may use whatever pattern you wish as long as it falls within the size category for the slippers that you pledge.   We need to know which category or categories you wish to make and how many of each size.    The mailing info and mail by date will be included in the challenge information.

There is a Sizing Chart link in the right hand column of the blog.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CHALLENGE #9 - 2017



Haven House is the only domestic violence shelter for a population of over 137,000. They are looking forward to receiving slippers and washcloths.

Are our needles and hooks ready to get to work for Haven House?

20 women - Done

  5 baby booties - Done

10 toddler girls - Done

10 toddler boys - Done

10 youth girls - Done

10 youth boys - Done

10 preteen girls - Done

10 preteen boys - Done

  5 teen boys - Done

90 washcloths - Done

MAILING DEADLINE: April 10, 2017

     Ralph Valenzuela

     P.O. Box 15611
     Rio Rancho, NM 87174

Please send your pledge to our email:

Hello, everyone!   This is Judy.   While our blog has been quiet for a few weeks, we have still been busy over on our Facebook page.   Due to some personal events going on in my life recently, I haven't been able to get Challenges #7 and #8 of 2017 posted on the blog.   Those two challenges were for Friends Against Abuse in International Falls, Minnesota, and The Family Place, in Dallas, Texas!   While Friends Against Abuse was a repeat shelter for us, The Family Place was a new one and our first in Texas!

Challenge #9-2017 has been posted on Facebook and will be up on the blog shortly.   We are having a rather big snow/ice storm here on the east coast (where Rachel and I are both located) and we are hoping our electric stays on so we can keep the challenge updated today!   

If you send your pledge via our email (, we will send you a return email acknowledging your pledge.    If a category/size has already been filled, we will let you know asap and see if you wish to change your pledge.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us!

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CHALLENGE #6 - 2017

Las Cruces, New Mexico


The La Casa Shelter, in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been in operation since 1981 and provides both emergency shelter on a 24/7, 365 day-a-year basis, with paid staff on duty at all times, and also transitional housing services. This is a repeat shelter for our group. When contacted, they said they would love to receive slippers and washcloths from PSP again.  That’s always good to hear because it means they were pleased with the items they received previously!

For this challenge, we would like to send the following:

  40 womens - --- DONE
    6 teen boys - ---- DONE
    8 pre-teen girls - DONE
    8 pre-teen boys - --- DONE
    8 youth girls - DONE
    8 youth boys - DONE
    8 toddler girls - DONE
    8 toddler boys - DONE
    6 booties (girls) - DONE
    6 booties (boys) - DONE
100 washcloths - DONE



       Sara Armijo

       P.O.Box 2463
       Las Cruces, New Mexico 88004

Please DO NOT INCLUDE the name of the shelter on your package! Thank you!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Challenge #5 of 2017 has been fully pledged in less than one day!   Hooray and a big THANK YOU goes out to all of our wonderful members who jump right in on a challenge as soon as it is posted.   

Rachel and Lynne have been contacting shelters and getting the information necessary for the challenges......and we should have another one ready to go at least by the beginning of next week.   So, STAY TUNED!   We will let you know ahead of time when it will be posted.

CHALLENGE #5 - 2017

DOORWAYS - Arlington, Virginia


Doorways for Women and Families offers two emergency shelters, each designed to provide a safe, family-friendly environment. Their Domestic Violence shelter provides a safe temporary home to women and children escaping imminent danger due to domestic violence. To read one of their success stories, you might want to read Ana’s Story:

For Doorways, we would like to send:

25 Women -   Done
10 Men -   Done

  8 Pre-teen (neutral colors, please) -   Done
  8 Youth (neutral colors, please) -   Done
  8 Toddler (neutral colors, please) -   Done
  8 Booties (neutral colors, please) -   Done
50 Washcloths -   Done

MAILING DEADLINE - March 1, 2017

    Doorways for Women and Families
    P.O. Box 100185
   Arlington, VA 22210

If you have any questions or would like to make a pledge for this challenge, please send us an email at:

Most of our pledges are made on our Facebook page; if a category/size that you pledge has been filled prior to receiving your pledge, we will try to notify you as soon as possible.   Thank you.

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CHALLENGE #4 - 2017

Charlotte, North Carolina


This is our first challenge in North Carolina and we hope there will be more to come. 

Through the years, the staff has received a lot of requests for slippers.  So, folks, we're here to grant their wishes.  The shelter has requested that the slippers be marked to indicate which ages they are for.

Let's fill lots of wishes for slippers and washcloths.

  75 women  -  Done
    5 booties girls  -  Done
    5 booties boys  -  Done
  10 toddler girls  -  Done
  10 toddler boys  -  Done
  10 youth girls  -  Done
  10 youth boys  -  Done
  10 preteen girls  -  Done
  10 preteen boys  -  Done
    5 teen boys (ages 13-18)  -  Done

150 washcloths  -  Done

Mailing Deadline: February 28, 2017

Send to:

   Tenille Banner
   604 East Fifth Street, Suite 400
   Charlotte, NC   28202

If you wish to make a pledge for this challenge, please email us at:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy



Rachel, Lynne, and Judy

Thursday, January 19, 2017




The last time we “visited” the Tundra shelter, we sent them supplies for the residents who knew how to crochet or knit or wanted to learn.  We also sent them pet cozies/pads for their on-site pet shelter for residents’ pets. They loved them and would love to have them again this time. 

Here is what we would like to have pledged:

15 skeins of yarn (worsted weight, acrylic) - DONE
15 pr. of children's scissors - DONE
10 pr. knitting needles (sizes 8 to 10, shorter length) - DONE
15 crochet hooks (sizes G, H, I, or J) - DONE
15 large eye yarn needles (plastic or metal) - DONE

 4 - 20”x20” blankets/pads - DONE
 4 - 24”x24” blankets/pads - DONE
 4 - 24”x30” or 30”x30” blankets/pads - DONE

Pet blankets/pads may be crocheted, knitted, or sewn. If crochet or knit, blanket yarn or several strands of worsted weight held together makes a nice thick pad. If sewn, flannel, corduroy, fleece or denim are good materials - with a layer of batting in between - with a line or two of stitching through the middle to hold batting in place. Even an old clean blanket can be cut up and used for batting. ALL ITEMS MUST BE WASHABLE!



    P. O. BOX 2029
    BETHEL, ALASKA 99559

Pledges may be placed in a comment below or emailed (preferred) to:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.   This challenge is running on our Facebook page, also.

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful ladies for making pledges and adding to your initial pledges so that we could complete this challenge in less than 24 hours! We have such a terrific group.

We are also going to do a combined Happy Hands and Cozies for Pets challenge for Tundra Women's Coalition. We have many new members since our last Cozies or Happy Hands challenge for a shelter who may not be familiar with them.

Basically, if a shelter has a program in place to teach crocheting or knitting or have residents who already know how, we like to send them supplies to help them out. We all know how much our crafts/hobbies help us to relax and make us feel better and we want to "pass it forward". Also, many shelters now have a shelter or program in place to allow residents to bring their pets with them. Many women will not leave an abusive situation if they have to leave pets home to possibly suffer abuse when they leave. Pets like nice cozy blankets/pads to lay on and cuddle with, too, to help ease their anxiety.

If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask us. We will be putting up the Cozies/HH challenge shortly. We hope you join in. Even a pledge for one skein of yarn or one pet mat is great!

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CHALLENGE #3 - 2017

Bethel, Alaska


All shelters offer valuable programs for the residents of the shelter and also provide programs for their communities.  One valuable such program at Tundra Women's Coalition is TAAV - Teens Acting Against Violence.  This program is for teens, age 12-18, living in Bethel. T he group's focus is on peer education and outreach.   TAAV members speak out to engage peers about issues such as domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, types of abuse, suicide, substance abuse, etc., through discussion, activities and the experiences and wisdom of other members.  They share their knowledge with peers and communities throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.  They travel to village classrooms, perform skits at conferences and events, record PSAs for radio, etc.  Many participants of TAAV feel that the program helps them make sense of their experiences and provides support for living a sober, nonviolent life.  Many of the members of TAAV now work for the Tundra Women's Coalition and one has become a member of the Board of Directors of the shelter.

Let's send the following number of slippers and washcloths to Alaska ~~~~ 

(Note: We were told previously that women’s large-size slippers were a needed size at the shelter, so we added an additional 5 women’s - large - to be sure there are enough of that particular size.)

  40 Women’s - Sm, Med, Lg -  DONE
    5 Women’s - Large -   DONE
    3 Teen Boys -   DONE

    8 Preteen Girls -   DONE
    8 Preteen Boys -   DONE
    9 Youth Girls -   DONE
    9 Youth boys -  DONE

    9 Toddler Girls -  DONE
    9 Toddler Boys - DONE

    4 Girls Booties -   DONE
    4 Boy Booties -   DONE

100 Washcloths - DONE



          C. J. PLEASANT
          P. O. BOX 2029
          BETHEL, ALASKA 99559

This challenge is running on our Facebook page, also.  If you wish to take part, you can make your pledge there or send us an email at:    The numbers still needed in each category change quickly and may be different than currently listed here.   If a category you pledge has been filled, we will let you know as soon as possible.    We hope you will join us and, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

Rachel, Lynne, and Judy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CHALLENGE #2 - 2017

Danville, Indiana


Autumn Bucy, the Annual Fund Coordinator at Sheltering Wings, told me that she was told that the shelter needed slippers for the residents. When she turned on her computer, she found the letter I had sent to introduce Pink Slipper and asking if they would like ours. Talk about timing! That is not likely to happen again. They accepted our offer of slippers and washcloths.  Lets do it!! 

Sheltering Wings would like:

  50 women --- DONE
    6 preteen girls --- DONE
    6 preteen boys --- DONE
    6 youth girls --- DONE
    6 youth boys --- DONE
    6 toddler girls --- DONE
    6 toddler boys --- DONE
    8 booties in various colors --- DONE
100 washcloths --- DONE

Mailing Deadline: February 10, 2017
Send to: 
Sheltering Wings
Attn: Autumn Bucy
1251 Sycamore Lane
Danville, IN  46122

If you wish to pledge to this challenge, please place your pledge in a comment below or send us an email at:


We here at The Pink Slipper Project have had a much-needed break over the holidays.   We hope all of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable time with your families and are refreshed and ready to begin making handmade slippers and washcloths for women and children in DV shelters for another year!   

Our first challenge of 2017 was posted on our Facebook page last week and was completely pledged very quickly and our 2nd challenge of the year just went up this morning and, again, is moving along very quickly.   The 2nd challenge (for Sheltering Wings in Danville, IN) will be posted here shortly.   But if you want to get in on this one, you will have to pledge quickly!!

Rachel, Judy, and Lynne