The local craft store is reaching its goal of making and donating 100 winter clothes for LGBTQ+ youth.
February 25, 2022
SUWANEE, Georgia, February 25, 2022 (Newswire.com) –
Eco-Friendly Crafts, a local eco-friendly craft supply company, has reached its 2021 goal of creating at least 100 hand-knitted or hand-crocheted winter garments for Knit the Rainbow .
The clothes will help LGBTQ+ homeless youth stay warm during the winter months. Jill Bridges, owner of Eco-Friendly Crafts, started the business after tragically losing her oldest child, an LGBTQ+ teenager. The business became a passion project and a reason for Bridges to keep going, but she wanted to do more.
She explains: “I wanted to do something for the LGBTQ+ community in honor of my child, but I hadn’t found the right person. I was listening to Cecilia Nelson-Hurt talk about diversity and inclusion in the fiber industry on a podcast recently, where she mentioned Knit the Rainbow.”
Helping Homeless LGBTQ+ Youth
Knit the Rainbow seeks to help homeless LGBTQ+ youth in New York City, a microcosm of the national problem. The city estimates there are around 8,000 homeless LGBTQ+ youth between the ages of 12 and 24, but only 350 beds in youth shelters. Many of these children are homeless due to a lack of family support.
Exceed a goal
For Bridges, it seemed a natural fit. “I would give anything to get my child back,” she says, “and the thought of these kids without a soft place to land breaks my heart.”
Bridges turned to her extended community of LGBTQ+ friends and family, local crocheters and knitters, fiber buddies, and even customers across the country for help.
The results were astounding. After a blog post in October, she not only managed to hit her goal of 100 knit and crochet garments, but surpassed it with a final total of 114 in just a few months. Clothing donated included scarves, hats and gloves. Those who couldn’t knit or crochet bought yarn and gave it to volunteers who met weekly to work on the items.
To look forward
Bridges is never someone who just sits around. She announced a new, even more ambitious objective for the coming year. “[We] have set a goal of 300 pieces for 2022,” she says. “We accept yarn and finished item donations at the store.
About Knitting the Rainbow
Knit the Rainbow is a non-profit organization founded in April 2020 dedicated to providing winter clothing to homeless LGBTQ+ youth in New York City. Learn more about Knit the Rainbow on their website: knittherainbow.org.
About Eco-Friendly Crafts
Eco-Friendly Crafts seeks to help artists and families enjoy crafting safely with eco-friendly alternatives to popular arts and crafts supplies. They can be found online at ecofriendlycrafts.com.
Source: Eco-Friendly Crafts, LLC