If you thought the red scarves were beautiful last year, you should see this year's.
And if you think it's "nice" to knit for the Red Scarf Project, well, nice doesn't begin to cover it. Go read Norma's post about the students. Ok you've probably already been there. Read on!
This sneak peek is from a most excellent road trip to frigid southern New Hampshire to meet up with Norma and some lovely OFA students, who gave their afternoon to pose for PR photos for the Red Scarf project.
I'm not sure I can capture in words how moving it is to meet the OFA students and learn how truly touched they are to receive the care packages. Something so easy for us is so big to them. As in , makes a difference in their lives. The heartfelt and unsolicited comments they made while looking through the scarves, that people cared enough to knit for them, and the handwritten notes, and the receiving of a personal gifts when they get NO packages at all from "home"....well,let's say there were some moments where you need to blink back those eyes.
Not that we didn't get in some laughs. We had our Fearless Boy Reporter stop in from the New Hampshire newspaper
And had a general all around good time, reenacting - or maybe I should say pre-enacting- the receiving of Valentines Day packages, and posing for gazillion photos to help spread the word about the Orphan Foundation and its students.
It was zero F (for freakin') degrees out and we could still look this glad to be there.
If you knit a Red Scarf , you were there too. Be proud.
ps. The Orphan Foundation also has an virtual mentoring program that the students raved about. Students and volunteers are matched up by interest and career goals, and your experience. They keep in touch over the year for support, exactly what they don't have after they've aged out of foster care. Or maybe never had at all, from what we heard. So simple and so meaningful. If you are interested check it out on the OFA site.