I've had the great pleasure to participate in the Share a Square Project founded and managed by Shelly Tucker. Last year, Shelly asked people if they would please send her a six inch crocheted granny square to be used in afghans for kids who will be attending cancer camp this June in Fort Worth, Texas. Shelly hoped that enough people would donate squares that they might be able to make 140 afghans, each having 48 squares. (Let me do the math.....hold on while I take my shoes off.......Um, that would be 6720 squares.) Shelly also wanted all the squares in an afghan to be from 48 different people. The squares have name tags with messages for the kids tied to them. Each child will also get a special bag to hold all these name tags as a memory of the 48 people who cared enough to send them a square.
A number of the ladies in my exercise class donated squares to the cause. I think we may have sent around 300 squares. I lost count as I sent the third box of squares to Shelly. Late this winter, I realized that Shelly still needed help to assemble afghans, so I volunteered to take on two of them, and then I ran to my exercise friends and begged them to help me! And boy, did they! We finished the two afghans and I was able to send them off last week. This project has brought us a LOT of joy!
This is the first of the two afghans:
Sometime around January Shelly realized that she had more squares than she needed. She thanked people for their generosity and said they could stop crocheting squares. A month or two later, it almost sounded as though she was BEGGING people to stop sending squares. I think she has been inundated with over 10,000 so far. You can click on the link above, and in the upper right corner of her blog, you'll see a link to Share a Square. Go visit to she how they are doing. And, I hope you'll consider sending Shelly a donation to help defray the registration expenses for the campers. Each child is assessed $150, and anything we can do to help make it possible for them to get to camp is a GOOD THING!
Here's the second afghan we assembled:
Shelly, thanks for letting us share the joy! Congratulations on a job well done!