"Hookers" Fight Cancer: Share A Square 2010 Works For Quality

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The folks at the Post Office are wondering about the packages that I juggle as I leave each day. They have no idea that inside are lovely crocheted squares (6' x 6') from around the world that will be made into afghans for children at a cancer camp next summer.  We did this before in 2008; "hookers" united from across the world to make 150 afghans for the children of Camp Sanguinity.  So far this year 1,413 squares have arrived for Share A Square 2010 (a little more than a tenth of what will eventually be joined together).  We need more!

crocheted square from Patti McE in New York

As the project went into full swing, I got some devastating news: the camp I had originally chosen was going through some changes this year and decided they could not accept our gift. I was aghast! But, I have told you time and again on my blog that you have to look for only the good ... and I found it! It's called Camp Quality. Actually, Camp Quality is a network of camps across the United States (and beyond --- it was started in Australia). Each summer children with cancer and their siblings get to visit free of charge. Their website states:

"Surrounded by new friends that can relate, loving volunteers who care, and loads of fun experiences, Camp Quality campers find joy, new courage and renewed hope for the future. They are free to be themselves . . . free to be kids again."

I spoke to the director of the Camp Quality in Texas, which is held near Tyler in East Texas. She was excited about the possibility of receiving our Share A Square afghans ... but her camp would only need a third of the amount of afghans we had planned to make! So, I talked to the directors of the Camp Quality in Louisiana and Camp Quality in Arkansas. We are going to blanket children in THREE DIFFERENT STATES with our love! If you would like to be a part of the project, here are three things you can do:

  • If you can crochet, visit the FAQ to learn about what we need. Join our Facebook group if you would like (you can even join the Facebook pages for Camp Quality in Texas and Arkansas). If you are on Ravelry, there is a Share A Square 2010 group there as well. Make those squares and send them on to me! If you'd like to be aware of my updates, you can visit my category page to keep you informed.
  • If you can't crochet ... can you talk? Tell folks about it who can crochet. If you tell eight people, who each send 10 squares (6'x6'), it will make an afghan!
  • OR, do as the lovely (and brilliant) Ridgely Johnson at Savor The Ride plans to do. Here is what she said on Facebook:

"I attempted, without much success mind you, to teach myself to crochet today- now I am an accomplished, quilter, decorative painter, so-so knitter- Monday I am en route to 2 local shops to enlist the crocheters of the area- I will buy the yarn, they will crochet, they will crochet and I WILL get my pledged squares in ...dogged determination, hanging in there like a rusty fish hook, as my mommy says. I have made a rag rug- did crochet that- I just get confused where to stick the hook in when you zip back ;-) stop laughing"

So, Share A Square 2010 is "switching horses in midstream," but I think it might be one of the best things that has happened to the project. The BEST thing, of course, is YOU.

Shelly Kneupper Tucker

writes at This Eclectic Life

Twitter handle: @shellyktucker; Facebook: Shelly Tucker

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