I recently discovered the Mother Bear Project.
Here is a description from their website of who there are:
“The Mother Bear Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears.
The simple gift of a hand-knit bear with a tag signed by the knitter has touched children who have nearly nothing in the world with the message that they are loved by someone halfway around the world.
The response has been overwhelming, with people wanting to help from all over the world. Thousands of patterns have been distributed, and wonderful bears have been received from people of all ages, backgrounds and knitting abilities. It has brought people together to do something kind in the face of a horrible problem.”
Moved by this project, I decided to try and do my bit, so I ordered a pattern. I received it last week and got to work immediately. I just made 3 bears as the holidays were a quiet period on the design front. Here they are:
I strongly encourage you to check the Mother Bear Project, check the pictures of the children with their bears and you’ll want to help too 😉
The bears knit in no time, any knitter/crocheter can do it.