So chuffed to see our Grab Bags in the press today
The news and media can be a pretty grim place right now so how about a ray of craft based sunshine? We were so happy to see our Grab Bags in the press today with a lovely feature thanks to Siobhan McNally at The Mirror. We’d seen a request for some good news stories taking place during lock down and knew that we’ve been making people smile with our doorstep deliveries.
As you may know, prior to lock down I was hosting a weekly free crafting session, hosted and funded by the team at Welholme Works. We’d invite anyone from the local community to join us for a stress free couple of hours where they could get their craft on. Tea and cakes were always supplied, and people would fetch their own projects or come and try their hand at something new.
As lock down hit, these sessions quite clearly had to pause and we needed a work around. To start off with we replaced our cosy sessions with Zoom calls and whilst it was lovely to see each other’s faces it didn’t quite feel the same. We also started to get messages that people were running out of wool, and with shopping for a lot of people being severely impacted, yarn didn’t seem like an essential to most people.
Crafting is essential to a lot of people’s mental well being, especially if you’re having to self isolate or have been advised to shield, and a lot of our crafters were in this situation. So we decided to take action. Thanks to Welholme Works we were able to put together our first 20 Grab Bags and we distributed these out to those who needed them. In return we asked for a contribution of a 6 inch knitted or crochet square if possible, to go to our Blankets for the Homeless project. We also created a GoFundMe campaign to allow those who could to donate funds to further support the projet. Our second drop of over 40 bags sent yarn to towns and villages across North East Lincolnshire and we’re so thankful to those who have used some of their yarn and time to make us more squares for our blankets.
This post was written by Gemma