It is not unusual for avid knitters to pick up their pair of knitting needles in the name of a worthy cause. After all, we've seen knitted charitable gifts benefiting premature babies, shivering elephants, and infants. Today, yarn retailer Jimmy Beans Wool is rallying efforts to knit stuffed animals for the children affected by Hurricane Harvey and the storm's brutal aftermath.
Jimmy Beans started out as a simple coffee and yarn shop where people happened to knit while they sipped. Today, they provide everything from knitted gifts, free knitting patterns, and a bountiful resource of yarn. The newest addition: the Royal Petite Knit Kit in collaboration with The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). Laura, the "real Jimmy" who attended college in Houston and was personally affected by flooding last winter, is taking the cause to heart.
So, what can you do? There are two ways to work with the program. The first call to action is to purchase a Royal Petite Knit Kit. Every purchase of the kit donates $10 to the KIPP with the promise that 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the affected Texan families. The kit allows any knitter to make one whimsical animal, whether it be a crown-adorning monkey or a petite pink lion. All in all, there are six animals to knit including everything you need. The second way is to kit one of the stuffed animals yourself and Jimmy Beans will deliver them. They recommend including a personal message
along with your handmade friend. The deadline for animal drop-off is October 31. On their website, Jimmy Beans promise to, mail each completed project to KIPP Houston Public Schools. Then, KIPP will pair your project with a student who has been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Their goal? "Raise $8,000 for KIPP, deliver joy (and stuffed animals) to 800 kiddos, and show the world the power of a knitting needle!" If you'd like to learn more about KIPP you can visit their website or follow Jimmy Beans on Instagram and use #knitforharvey to lend your knitting skills to a worthy cause.
Feeling inspired? Next, watch how to knit a pair of cozy mittens: