Girl Scout Troop 1010 of Charlotte, NC earned their Silver Award partnering with Words & Warmth. 18 young women worked 50 hours EACH to create an astounding donation of over 400 blankets! Their creations were primarily provided to Crisis Assistance Ministry, along with a few other Charlotte area nonprofit organizations.
Groups of volunteers are very common for Words & Warmth. Donating time collectively can unify individuals and deepen their connections while helping the community.
Many groups from knitting clubs to school groups, church groups, and Girl Scout troops have enjoyed spending time together, creating blankets, tagging items, and preparing donations for local deliveries. Volunteer groups often choose to return to Words & Warmth after their first visit because they had such a positive experience.
We are now an official 501 (c)(3) organization! We are able to accept monetary donations as well as NEW fleece material to use for blanket making. We also accept NEW ribbon to connect our gift tags to each handcrafted item, soft yarn for knitted projects, and unassembled fleece tied blanket kits.
We are also always in need of encouraging, educational, and inspirational messaging to use as gift tags. Gently stored greeting cards can be repurposed for tags. Bookmarks and notecards of all shapes and sizes are perfect for this use. We also will often find inexpensive flashcards at the dollar store with words and definitions. This type of educational material is perfect for the items being tagged for children.
Words & Warmth will gladly accept NEW, handmade scarves, hats, lap blankets, slippers, etc. at any time throughout the year.
Children are often drawn to the activity of making fleece tied blankets. However, we recommend no children under the age of 10 years old at this time, due to the number of large, sharp scissors used during volunteer time. It can also be difficult for children younger than 10 to have the stamina necessary to stay focused with their team mates for the duration of the project.
At 10 years old, it is often easier for children to understand the meaning behind the work they are doing. This makes their volunteer experience more meaningful, helps them feel grateful about their circumstances in life, and will make their hearts feel good by giving to other children, families, and individuals within their community who are less fortunate.
Groups typically choose to meet in a space large enough to craft in together that is convenient for them. Sometimes this is a member's home, a church meeting space, etc. Often our founder, or one of our regional leaders, will join your meeting to briefly explain the organization as well as what items the group will be working on together and where donations will be delivered.
Please encourage group members to bring their own sharp, scissors - appropriate for cutting through thicker blanket fleece. Paper supplies and ribbon will also be needed to create and attach tags for each item. If you need help coming up with inspirational sayings for your tags, we have a PDF you can download to get you started.
Fleece tied blankets are available as unassembled, prepackaged kits at local craft stores for approximately $15 - $20/kit, depending on sizes selected and sale price. Volunteers typically decide how many kits they'd like to donate, and create them together during their volunteer time block.
Our founder, or a regional Words & Warmth leader, will contact you to discuss the specifics of your group's donation intentions, and will help guide you if you have questions about how many kits you should purchase.
Volunteer groups typically set aside a 2-4 hour block of time so no one feels rushed. One fleece tied blanket often takes an adult 1 - 1-1/2 hours to complete.