I’ve received a tremendous influx of emails as well as several postings on Facebook to have The Crochet Crowd join in the cause for crocheting penguins sweaters.
With joining any campaign, as just jumping on the band wagon just because everyone else is doing it… isn’t a responsible thing for me to do. I have to research and really see what the demands are. First of all, I was like yeah let’s jump on board and help… but I kept running into conflicting reports that is making me second guess what is happening.
In recent reports I had read. A campaign for this was done in 2011 where they were swamped with sweaters for the penguins. It is fabulous that humane kindness is being expressed here. The organization has admitted they get roughly 20 birds a year to rescue. While I see the purpose for the penguin sweaters. The quantity required to fulfill this need can be done easily by a mini group of knitters who can organize and work together.
So while it appears that I don’t care, the opposite is true. I think crocheting for the homeless, out of the cold programs and etc shouldn’t be ignored as there are 10’s, if not 100’s of thousands of people needing a helping hand.
While I have a soft place for animals and I cannot stomach animal cruelty and these types of events are extremely heartbreaking. Let’s not lose focus that there are people within our own communities who we can immediately reach out to help with our finished crochet items.
By all means, for those who wish to support the Penguin Cause, please do what is in your heart. There are several reports all over the internet stating there is a such a huge influx of sweaters that chances of the items actually being used are unlikely. One report I read, the birds may become extremely stressed to wear a foreign object.
While this is a heavy social media item flying all over Facebook and is wrenching at our hearts, let’s be careful that we continue to be objective and what we are reading, seeing and responding to is accurate.
What are your thoughts? Did I fall off my rocker? Do you have links that I haven’t seen yet?