Knit a Square, Warm a Child

In the last few weeks of the spring 2009 semester, the library hosted a charity opportunity as part of the Knit-A-Square program. This program was designed to encourage knitters and crocheters around the world to take a little extra time to make a 8 inch by 8 inch square and mail it to South Africa. The squares would be assembled there, by a local charity called the Soweto Comfort Club, to provide comfort and warmth to some of the many AIDS orphans. This charity has taken off in ways the planners hadn’t anticipated and has gained world wide attention. Their goal for 2009 is to create 10,000 blankets (40 squares make one blanket).
The library staff considered this an appealing, comforting community project, especially as spring semester finals drew near and budget concerns loomed, making folks anxious. After announcing the charity, we mounted a display wall so that we could show library visitors how the blanket was developing, as the squares came in, and this drew a lot of interest and conversation. What followed next went beyond our fondest expectations; in just a few weeks, staff, faculty and students brought to us one at a time, or a few at a time, or bags at a time, ultimately One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Squares. One staff member learned to knit, in order to contribute. Several staff member’s elderly parents contributed to the project. Students asked us to continue the project in the future.
Thanks to all who participated!
photo credit: Valerie Campos