The Knitzvah Project, a charity knitting/crocheting opportunity, started in 2007 at Temple Beth Shalom and will be celebrated its 10th anniversay in 2016! Austin has a tremendous need for warm hats and scarves for families in need and members of our community who are homeless. While many people in need receive charitable clothing donations, they rarely receive gifts that are made just for them! The goal of the Knitzvah Project is to provide special, personalized, and practical gifts. Each gift is wrapped in ribbon with a card attached (printed on fabric and pinned to the item) that says, "Dear Friend, I made this especially for you. Wishing you warmth and love and all of God’s blessings." Then we sign each fabric card with the first name of the item maker (last names and contact info are not printed on the card).
Our 10th Anniversary year was a great one! We made 874 knitted, crocheted, and quilted gifts for the homeless and working poor members of our Austin community this year. That's over 100 more than our original goal! To learn more about our impact this year, please read an overview of the 2016 project in Joan's report.