Amigurumi · charity

Power to the Uterus

If you follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), you may have noticed an abundance of pink last month. And not the usual hearts and flowers associated with Valentine’s Day, but a little something more…..(re) productive.

February is generally centered around couples in love, but it’s also the month of V-Day. And no, I’m not talking about the day before Discount Chocolate Day. I’m talking about the Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues are a series of monologues chronicling different experiences women face around the world. The show is produced by countless groups around the country during the month of February. Most of these shows exist to help raise funds for local women programs, shelters, Planned Parenthood, etc. One of my groups from Tarleton, the Gay-Straight Alliance, has put it on for the past three years. To help maximize the contribution to the Cross Timber’s Family Services, they hold a silent auction to add to their ticket sales.

The first year, I donated four crochet uteri to the silent auction and was amazed to see that they were a success. This year, I was able to donate three uteri and three pink cat hats (as made famous by the 2017 Women’s March). Save for one hat, all were bid on and helped to contribute to the $800+ that the GSA will be able to donate this year.

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Three uteri and three pink cat hats were donated to the Tarleton Gay-Straight Alliance’s Vagina Monologues show February 2017. 

But that’s not all! I was also running my own side fundraiser to benefit the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. I sold four uteri in total, leaving me able to donate $100 to PP. As you may know, Planned Parenthood is facing the loss of government funding, which will result in millions of American women losing access to affordable health care and family planning services. Every bit counts, so join me in donating if you are able.

Overall, it was really fun to crochet these little organs and have them go out to benefit others. If you would like to create your own, I highly recommend this pattern by Tink Jones.

As I ease into March, I wonder what my next charity project will be. As noted on Instagram, I’m currently doing a 30 Day Crafting Challenge because it is National Craft Month. So far, I’ve worked on blankets, a doll, and key chains. But more on those next time.

If you have a crochet charity, you’d like to recommend, please leave a comment with a link. I have tons of yarn supplies that I’d like to use up to make someone smile.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

-Bert

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