Operation Gratitude has teamed up with Martha Stewart for a 16-Day Red Scarf Challenge!!
The rules are simple. Make as many RED (any shade of red is acceptable) scarves as you can within the 16-day time frame. The scarves need to be made from worsted weight yarn (please do not use bulky yarn) and be 4″×6″ wide and 48″×50″ long. You are welcome to use any stitch or pattern you enjoy making, so have some fun with it :) The scarves can be crocheted, knitted, or made on a loom.
The challenge begins on May 3rd and goes through May 18th. Your scarves must be postmarked no later than May 20th to qualify for the event.
Here is the link to the Operation Gratitude Red Scarf Challenge page from MarthaStewart.com: https://www.marthastewart.com/1538559/operation-gratitude-red-scarf-challenge
The top donor will receive 50 skeins of yarn and direct contact with the deployed troops who will receive your scarves!
From our CEO, who is a 20-year Marine Veteran:
Why RED? Operation Gratitude is asking for RED scarves during Military Appreciation Month and we chose this color to honor the men and women in the military who are deployed. RED is a color commonly worn by grateful Americans as a symbol that they *R*emember *E*veryone *D*eployed.
The Deployed Troops who receive your scarves typically wear them under their uniforms, around their head and necks at night while sleeping, or while working in the hull of a ship to keep them warm in extraordinarily cold conditions.
When Service Members receive these RED scarves in May and June, they will know that they are REMEMBERED and that their selflessness and sacrifices are appreciated. They will wear them as a reminder that there are people back home who care about them.
I have heard time and again that the hand knit and crocheted scarves and hats are the most cherished items in our Care Packages.
Please take a look at this CBS News video https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/4067127-veterans-voices-operation-gratitude/ which aired this week and know that your support is making a difference.
Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)
CEO, Operation Gratitude
We have been asked why the challenge is just 16 days and the answer is actually quite simple.
Operation Gratitude just celebrated it’s 16th Anniversary! During those 16 years, we have sent more than 2,200,000 care packages to our Deployed Troops, Veterans, Wound Heroes, and their caregivers, New Recruit Graduates, the children of those deployed, and First Responders across the country.
Just last year we received more than 70,000 handmade hats and scarves and every single one of them found a home with someone who simply needed to be recognized for the selfless service to our country.
Feel free to send me an email at HWL@opertiongratitude.com if you have any questions :)
Kelly South Director of Handmade With Love Programs