Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Red Scarf Project

Hi All!

I just came across this project tonight and thought you may be interested in making a scarf for goody bags going to college age orphans. These are for kids who were never adopted and don't have the family support to help get them through the transition from high school to college.

The only problem is that the deadline is January 20th so you'll have to start soon if you want to get them out in time!

Orphan Foundation of America's
Red Scarf Project

Love to knit, crochet or know someone who does?

Send care and encouragement to America 's college bound foster youth. OFA needs 2,500 hand made knitted or crocheted scarves to put in our Valentines Care Packages. Your handiwork will truly be the personal touch in these packages and bring students the support they need to move forward and graduate to a brighter future.

Unisex colors black, blue, green or yellow are welcome too. Please attach securely to each scarf a small tag with your name, city, and group affiliation that the student will receive. Send scarves with your name, address, group affiliation if any, and email address enclosed to:

Orphan Foundation of America
Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive
Unit 130
Sterling, VA 20166

Deadline: January 20, 2006
Contact: Annalisa Assaadi, National Events Coordinator, 703.821.8669

For More Info on OFA's Care Package Program go to:

Earlier this fall, 2,500 college students without families across the nation received care packages assembled on Capitol Hill by members of Congress, their staff, volunteers and caring individuals who know the importance of feeling connected to others. On Valentine's Day, those same college students will receive care packages containing individually hand-knitted or crocheted red scarves. For young people without loving families and homes to serve as a practical lifeline, the scarves send a powerful message of hope.

The care packages are part of a comprehensive program of initiatives created by the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) to ensure that young people aging out of the foster care system are encouraged to succeed as adults. The need for such programs is great. It is estimated that some 13,000 former foster kids are attending colleges and universities this year, most without any family support. They are success stories merely by showing up: Studies show that less than 50 percent of foster youth graduate from high school, and less than 10 percent go on to post-secondary or vocational training.


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