Buried at the bottom of yesterday’s post was a question asking if people wanted to donate scarves for breast cancer research. I’ve had plenty of positive feedback so I’m starting a scarf drive! I spoke with Shaleen* who organizes the scarves for the HRBP this morning and here are the details:
- The High Risk Breast Program of Vermont accepts donated scarves year round, and sells them at the Davis Center on UVM’s main campus from September to whenever-it-gets-warm.
- The proceeds go towards their educational newsletter, data collection, patient-related research, and program coordination costs.
- In one year they raised over $3600 to support the HRBP.
- Their scarf supply is very low right now, and they’d love to get more!
So here is what I’m proposing: if you want to help out leave a comment here. Then go make a scarf! I’ll collect all the donated scarves and take them with me when I go in for my May appointment. You can be certain that I’ll have a blog post or three about the scarves I receive and the looks on the faces at the center when I show up with a pile ‘o scarves! You’ll be asked for your e-mail address when commenting- it’s kept private but I can see it**. I’ll send my mailing address to everyone who wants to participate. Just send me your hand made scarf by the beginning of May so I have them all when I go for my next appointment on May 15th.
- Knit, crochet (probably even woven!) scarves are welcome.
- They ask for high quality hand made scarves.
- Use your own best judgement, I’m not going to be a yarn snob here.
- There are NO color, texture, etc… requirements.
- I suspect it would be ok to put a little care label on your scarf.
- Remember these are being sold to the general public.
Questions? Let me know! And feel free to help spread the word.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
Scarf size: please send adult sized scarves as these are being sold on a college campus.
Other items: They are only collecting scarves. The sale display isn’t set up to properly show off hats, cowls, etc…
Spreading the word: Feel free to link this post where ever you like, and to share the drive with people you know in real life know as well.
*The woman named on the website no longer works with the program. But the number listed is still good. If you want to send your scarf directly to them you’ll have to call her and see if arrangements can be made.
**If you left a comment yesterday saying you wanted to help out, I’ve already got your name :-)