How We Work: Our Coordinator, Rachel, contacts shelters across the country to find out if they would be interested in receiving nice, warm, handmade slippers for the women and children in their shelters. (We also make handmade washcloths if requested, too.)
If a shelter says "yes", then we hold a "Challenge" for our members to make and send the number of slippers (and washcloths) requested. We break down the numbers into genders and sizes (such as, women's, teen girls, teen boys, preteen girls, etc., on down to boy and girl booties). Our members then post a pledge with the amount of slippers they wish to make in a particular category or categories. We log them in on our record sheet and update the numbers still needed in the Challenge information. When pledges are received for all of the slippers/washcloths requested, then the Challenge for that shelter is considered "Completed". Then, the members take over. They make their pledged number of items and send them directly to the address provided by the shelter! We list a "mail by" date in the Challenge (usually a month from posting date).
We operate our Challenges mainly from our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ThePinkSlipperProject); however, we also list challenges here on the blog and we accept pledges by way of a "comment" on the challenge post here.
We also have a Pinterest Page where we have links to lots for knitted, crocheted, and sewn slipper and washcloth patterns (both free and paid): http://www.pinterest.com/PinkSlipProject
We hope that you will join us in our endeavor to warm the hearts and toes of women and children living in DV shelters across the nation!
Rachel, Lynne, and Judy
P.S. - We also hold occasional "Cozies for Pets" and "Happy Hands" challenges for shelters after the slipper/washcloth challenges are completed. The "Cozies" are handmade blankets for companion pets who come to the shelter with their owners (when a pet program is in place) and "Happy Hands" is passing along our love for our crafts and the satisfaction and calming effects they provide by sending knitting and crocheting supplies to shelters with a program in place.
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