Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This was a large men's sweater made of 100% Alpaca wool in Peru. I felted it, but then I could not force myself to cut it into pieces. So, instead, I redecorated it and turned it into a girl's jacket.
A local restaurant serves a free Thanksgiving Day dinner and distributes coats and jackets at the same time. I had planned on donating a pie, and now I will donate this jacket as well. I hope someone will like it enough to wear.
I have a pile of hats ready to donate to the Salvation Army for their gift baskets, along with some toys I have picked up, baby booties and bibs. The pleas for donations really ramp up this time of year. It's hard to know sometimes what is legitimate and what is not. My mother got more generous with donation in her old age, but I find myself getting more and more suspicious. I am especially suspect of the packages of "free" gifts from organizations I've never heard of promising to do wonderful things for poor or handicapped children. Where would that money end up? So I keep my donations local and try to support amazing acts of generosity (like a free Thanksgiving dinner at a local restaurant).