Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Warm hats, warm hearts

A whole lot of love!

Hello life changers! Guess what?  YOU did it...again! We put out the call for hats, scarves and gloves for our homeless friends living in Sacramento,  and YOU generously provided:

149 Scarves
23 Hats
7 pairs of gloves

Warm gloves

Beautiful hats

Everything was delivered to Let Hope Arise, a local non-profit that assists homeless men and women in and around the deepest hiding places of Sacramento. They are following God's call to seek out those living on and around the levees of our rivers, parks and streets. I love this family so much and admire everything they do, without question or hesitation.

The (beautiful) Smith family

A little fun in a pile of love!

This beautiful woman is all smiles after receiving her scarf and hat. 

This last picture is worth a 1000 words...that is what Craft 4 Change is all about.

We will be taking a break for the Christmas season, but look for another project in the Spring.

Thank you once again for helping those less fortunate than yourselves...my heart is full. I love you all! 
~~ Robyne ~~



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Winter Warmth : Project 21

Hello life changers!

This year got away from me, so this is our ONLY project for the year. It is always my favorite, besides its the perfect way to end the year. Are you ready?  (I'm pretty sure you already know!)

Scarves and Hats for our homeless friends!

This year we are partnering with a new non-profit called, "Let Hope Arise". This amazing group of people go into the deepest places in the Sacramento homeless camps and intentionally seek out and minister to the people living there. They have put their faith in God above everything else and started this non-profit after some personal challenges and changes to their lives.  They didn't know exactly what that looked like, but with God's direction they have created this amazing organization. They not only provide food, water, toiletries, supplies and such, they provide spiritual support and help connect them with social services.

I love these friends and all that they do, and I am honored to be partnering Craft 4 Change with them.

So, let's get started!  Crochet, knitted, sewn, and no-sew fleece scarves and hats are what we are looking for. If you don't do any of this...you can still help by providing us with gloves and socks (adult sizes) to include.

Deadline:  November 5th!

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Best Part

I love what I do!  Because of YOU I get to spread love and hope to those in need. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity and generosity of our projects and this time is no different.  I asked (rather late, I might add) and YOU came through again.  Two ministries were blessed with your gifts. Mercy Pedalers and Father's Heart, both are street ministries that reach out to our homeless friends in the Sacramento area. Ready for the totals?

Scarves: 241
Hats: 52
Gloves: 17


Included in that bundle of love were 3 blankets and several hat/scarf and scarf/glove sets! There were  several kids hats and scarves so we shared them with The Mustard Seed School, (part of Loaves and Fishes) an elementary school for homeless kids.

 

My friend Sherril Hogue from The Fathers Heart


Robyne and Sister Libby




Coffee & supplies trailer

Inside view!

I am always blown away by your support for those organizations and causes that are near and dear to my heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We will take a little break and have a new project in a few months.  In the meantime, please continue to follow us on Facebook, as I will keep you updated on other things.

Blessings,

Robyne


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Project 20: Warm Hearts

I know it's been ages (OK, almost a YEAR!) since we've done a project and I apologize for that.  I got a bit overwhelmed last year after the passing of my mother in December.  So much to do, so much stuff!  I appreciate all of your condolences, prayers, support and patience while I took a much needed sabbatical! BUT...


I'm back and so is Craft 4 Change!

Our fall/winter project is always the same...hats and scarves for our homeless. Those that know me, know that my heart aches for them and I can't even imagine living on the streets, in shelters or tents. If we make one persons day better by showing them a little warmth and love, well...it's all worth it.

This year we are sharing our love with two organizations that I have come to know and love.

The first is Mercy Pedlars of Sacramento, which was started this past summer by Sister Libby Fernandez.  You may remember her from Loaves and Fishes. She and other volunteers are bicyclers and tricyclers reaching out to men and women experiencing homelessness on the streets. Mercy Pedlars believe that by "welcoming the stranger" with a sense of dignity, respect and love that God's mercy will be present. They approach someones space or allow someone to enter their space, in a non-judgmental, warm and hospitable manner.  They tow a small trailer with coffee, water, snacks, socks and basic first aid supplies to our friends that need it.

The second is The Father's Heart Ministry, also of Sacramento.  It was founded and is run by my friend Sherril Hogue, whom I met at Twin Lakes Food Bank.  It is a street ministry for our homeless friends.  They don't have a church...they ARE the church!  They hit the streets every Saturday evening and bring the word of God to those in need, thru sermon, music, prayer, and testimony. They set up in various parking lots, providing food, friendship and love.

Both of these women are amazing women of God and I am honored to know them.

So, let's get started and provide as many hats and scarves as we can to these wonderful organizations doing amazing work.  I know it is a little late in getting started, but I have confidence in all of you life changers!

Knit, crochet, no-sew fleece...anything goes!  If you don't have time to make anything this time, we will also be collecting gloves and socks!

Deadline:  December 8th COMPLETED

When you are finished with your items, please send an email to Craft4change@hotmail.com or leave a message on our Facebook page and I will make arrangements to collect them.

Blessings,

Robyne

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

So much love!

When we put out the call for hats and scarves this year, we had no idea how many we would receive.  We just have to take that leap of faith and ask. But, once again YOU came through in a

BIG WAY!
It always blows me away how much love you all have for others. Not that I should be surprised, but I just love how much you care. It makes my heart very happy!

Because of YOUR generosity, we were able to send kids in foster care that live in Oregon...
110 scarves, 20 hats and 6 cute pairs of gloves!! I know, right??

Just look at all of those cute hats and scarves!  And, those gloves...so adorable! I am pretty sure that YOU made some kids very happy.
~~~

Also, you blessed our local homeless families with these beautiful hats and scarves...all 91 scarves and 26 hats will be handed out through Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom, CA.





Not only are they warm, but so stylish!



Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and creativity. 
We will be taking a crafting break until next Spring...stay warm!

~~Robyne~~



Monday, August 29, 2016

Spread the Love! Project 19

Even though it is still warm and sunny outside, winter will creep up before we know it.  Those of you who participate regularly know that it is time to get out those crochet hooks, knitting needles, sewing machines and scissors!  Our annual project of...you guessed it:

HATS & SCARVES!

I know that many of you love this project and have heard rumor, that some of you even work on them year round. It seems like it doesn't matter how many times we do this, the need is still there. This time we will be giving them to two organizations, one for kids and one for homeless families.

Our first group of people we are helping are KIDS, and you know I have a H U G E heart for them, especially those in terrible situations, like abuse or neglect. So, we are going north again to the state of Oregon and partner with the Child Welfare Program, by providing hats and scarves (also, gloves and mittens if you are able) to these kids for their Christmas Celebration.

The agencies (Child Welfare Program) job is to assess children's safety when allegations of abuse and neglect are brought to their attention from the community. There are times when children are not able to safely stay at home. Each year the office puts together a holiday celebration for the youth in foster care so they have an opportunity to celebrate with family. 

We were contacted by Sarah, who works for the State of Oregon and volunteers at Sparks of Hope...I couldn't say no.

~~~

The second group of people to receive our labors of love are the homeless families that utilize the Twin Lakes Food Bank, in Folsom, CA.  We have done this for Twin Lakes before, but this time they will be set aside for our homeless folks (another population I have a HUGE heart for). Since I will be taking the lead on their homeless outreach, I may get to give them out personally.

So...let's get started!


Scarves can be any type, crochet, knit, no-sew fleece, sewn, anything!  Kids, men and women are all in need, so get creative and have fun with this.

When you are finished, please send us an email, leave a message on our Facebook page or contact me directly and I will make arrangements to collect them. Thank you so much. ~~Robyne

Deadline:  November 10th.

Monday, August 22, 2016

We're Back!!!

I know Craft 4 Change has been on hiatus for a long time, but to be honest...I needed a break from a lot of things and unfortunately this was one that I needed to put on the back burner for a while. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Craft 4 Change, but felt that I wasn't giving it the attention it deserved, so decided to take some time off and regroup. I was trying to do too many projects in a year and felt I was rushing them and YOU.

I want to be more intentional with the projects and mindful of YOUR valuable time. By this, I mean that I will only be selecting projects and organizations that truly are on my heart, instead of just trying to come up with things to make and charities to help. I hope that makes sense, as I feel it will be much more meaningful and productive.  I am planning only doing 3 projects a year, beginning in 2017.

There are a few things that truly break my heart so I will be concentrating on those groups of people in the future. It's not that I didn't before, but I think that I was just trying to help everybody instead of really thinking too much first.  What this means, is that we might be repeating projects or organizations. (as we have in the past).  We might not choose a local group, as we have gone beyond our state lines and borders before and you didn't seem to mind. It will depend on the need. I hope you understand where my heart is coming from and continue to support and participate in our projects. I can't do this alone and appreciate each and every one of YOU that step up and help...you have no idea how much you all mean to me.

Love you all,

~~~ Robyne ~~~

So, I betcha' wondered what happened to all of those pillowcases, scarves and hats we made LAST year, right?

Sparks of Hope Update:

Stripes, checks and stars. Flowers, cowboys and cars!  Just some of the colorful and creative pillowcases that were delivered to Sparks of Hope this past November...just in time for their Winter Camp. I can only imagine the smiles on the faces of these very special kids as they got to choose "just the right pillowcase" for themselves.

I am once again, blown away of how generous YOU are when it comes to our projects. Once again, YOU came through for kids in a very special camp for survivors of abuse.  Are you ready to find out how many?  Drum roll please...


101 pillowcases!!





Loaves & Fishes Update:

Knitted, crochet and no-sew fleece scarves took over my kitchen island, along with hats, gloves and even socks! So many beautiful colors, patterns and styles...it was amazing!  Plenty of love went into making these treasures. Our local homeless folks were truly blessed by your caring hearts and generosity.

Sister Libby at Loaves and Fishes was so excited to receive these gifts of love.  She works with our homeless community, or as she calls them, "guests" on a daily basis and knows each one by name. Each person is treated with respect and dignity.

Oh, how many? 

191 scarves and 43 hats!

In front of Loaves & Fishes

So many beautiful scarves!
Creative and beautiful hats

Sister Libby and Robyne


So, now that you have been caught up on all things Craft 4 Change, look for our newest project real soon!  (hint: one of our favorites!)

God bless you all!

~~ Robyne