As my family and friends are still reeling from this week’s election, I’ve noticed fewer Veterans Day posts than ever before. I don’t want our vets and service members to think we’ve forgotten them in these uncertain and upsetting times, so I have been researching ways to help veterans. While on that search, I came across Operation Gratitude, which seems like a great organization that, among other things, sends care packages to those currently serving and sends letters of gratitude and support to veterans, service members, and first responders.
In addition to the stack of letters I plan to write this weekend, I also learned they request knit or crocheted scarves and hats and hand-made paracord bracelets for care packages. What better way to channel my concern and love for this country and its beautiful people than by making something special for a service member?
I know this notion is not at all new for most knitters, as the wonderful charity knitting groups on Ravelry are packed with similar projects. But now I think I need to quit thinking it would be a nice thing to do someday and get to it. I will be channeling love and peace and hope into each stitch, which I sincerely hope will be well-received.
And if you are a veteran or a current service member reading this, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!