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Originally, I was going to post a giveaway on the blog today. Then, last Friday, the world was turned upside down by the tragedy that unfurled in Newtown, CT. I thought I would write today about that tragedy. But after a weekend inundated by news articles and social media posts, I’m too emotionally wiped out to focus on the horror. Instead, I want to focus on hope, and what we can do to make things even just a little, tiny bit better.

The following groups and individuals are collecting knitted and crocheted donations for the students and community in Newtown, CT. If you do not knit or crochet, you can still donate supplies such as yarn for volunteers to use.

  • 600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut (Stuffed Animals) – Please read the group guidelines carefully. They are being very careful about safety issues such as the types of eyes attached on the stuffed animals, etc.
  • Binky Patrol Salem Chapter – Blankets (also accepting hats, scarves, and mittens to distribute). The following is the post with the most relevant information:

Hi, just to let everyone know, I heard from several sources and read on the organizations site that 700 blankets are being sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School by Project Linus.

With that said, watching the news it is clear that more than 700 blankets will be needed. I am still going to deliver ALL blankets I receive to Newtown CT. There are so many families affected by this I don’t think that 700 blankets will be enough. There’s reportedly 600-700 students at that school and the whole community is in mourning. I aim to help them all.

I am still accepting donations. They can be mailed or dropped off:
Marlys Vaughan
Binky Patrol Salem Chapter
17 Cross Street
Salem MA 01970

Please PM me ( to let me know when and how many blankets you sent and in each box a sheet of paper with your name, mailing address, email and phone number. I will sed that you receive a donation receipt.

Thank you all for your help!