Before we get into todays episode, a quick content warning. I will be mentioning Australian bushfires, animal rescue carers and people who have passed away, including angel babies. It’s not a graphic discussion, it’s more part of the narrative about how we can help people in distressing situations. If these are sensitive topics for you, please take care of yourself when listening.
Today we are talking about crafting in times of crisis. We crafters are really good at this … we’ve done it so many times before and we are doing it right now. Over the past few weeks, watching the craft community band together to make a very big difference to Australia's wildlife carers, I’ve felt very proud to be a crafter. I’ve had a lot of thoughts, a lot of emotions, and thought we could talk about ways we can use our crafting superpowers for the greater good.
When someone is suffering … our friends, our family, our community, our country, our world at large … we feel, as human beings, like we wish there was something we could do. Obviously the go-to response is to make a monetary donation. But sometimes even if you do make that donation, you still feel like it's not enough. We wish that we, personally, could physically do something to help right now. And as crafters I think we are really lucky and privileged because there is often something that we can do with our own two hands right now to help out. Here are the top five ways that we, as crafters, can help in times of crisis.
1. Make physical items 2. Donate from your stash 3. Teach 4. Spread the word 5. Make to sell / fundraise
Photo credit for podcast thumbnail (Joey in a hanging pouch) - Courtney White
LINKS Article about crafting in times of crisis
Animal Rescue Craft Guild FB group
Rescue Craft Co FB group Knitting Nanas Against Gas Pussy Hat Project (Women’s Electoral Lobby) Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies HERE
Knitting socks for soldiers - article
Sewing For Charity Australia Website ... or ... Facebook page
Craft Ministry Australia Website ... or ... 4 page directory