#WATWB Scarfing around

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We Are The World Blogfest

We Are The World Blogfest posts on the last Friday of every month. This is our 6th month. It is our aim that spreading stories of kindness in action can lessen the impact of dark and depressing news that assails us daily. As it says on its website: “There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.”  We thank the following team members for co-hosting this month. Do pop by their posts –
Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanInderpreet Uppal, 
Lynn HallbrooksEric Lahti, and Mary J Giese,

Even though this story is from May 2017, it bears a re-viewing. We in South Africa are still in winter. I like this initiative; it shows how I and/or we can each do something for those in need. It could be anything really, a packet of food, a small bag of toiletries, a cool drink on a hot day for eg parking attendants.

South Africans are knitting thousands of scarves to leave in public places for those in need

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The stories you share could be personal stories or of organisations and initiatives that are community oriented, whether the elderly, disabled, schools in need of books – the list is endless. All that is asked is that the stories are non-political, non-religious, why you like it and that the posts are 500 words or less showing the link –
Thank you for reading! And have a great weekend!




44 Comments on #WATWB Scarfing Around

    • Greetings Simon! I’m still wearing them in spite of summer just around the corner! I agree it is a practical every day loving kindness. My pleasure re sharing your #WATWB 🙂

  1. Beautiful post, Susan, and wonderful idea. It’s so important to have these tactile expressions to show we care. Our church creates school kits for children around the world and welcome kits for refugees. One of the great things about these forms of giving is that children love to help, and they learn the benefits of generosity.

    • I love that you articulate the ‘tactile expressions’ Shirley thank you … somehow this does make it more special that one can see, wear, feel a garment made with love. Thank you so much for coming by and have a great week ..

  2. I am not sure why I couldn’t link to post to the We Are The World , but regardless I felt the need to post the article about the seniors who were rescued from the flood waters in their nursing home. People can pull together when push comes to shove. We just need to push the positives more. Lifting you and your colleges up, Susan. Keep pushing!

    I think that had this been me, in the situation they were in,I would have eventually made some kind of joke about my soggy bottom. I am just happy that it worked out.

    • Thanks for posting that news clip of the elderly residents being airlifted from La Belle Vita Liz. I saw something about it earlier today, and was very moved. It’s a wonderful example of push coming to shove and the willingness of people to help. Soggy bottom … that makes me smile 🙂 Hope this comment back to you find s you well and safe ..

  3. What an uplifting story about giving of yourself to help the less fortunate. And all in the name of the great Madiba Mandela. Thanks for sharing.

    • from blankets to scarves – all in teh name of our great past president – thank you for the reminder of that Liz! And thanks for coming by –

  4. What a practical way to show love. The photos are so bright and colorful and full of hope. And I love that it started with blankets and now has branched out. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. When I first read your post I thought people passing by might not know the scarves were okay to take. Then I read the article and saw what they attach to it. So very cool. More power to those who can knit and/or crotchet. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB

  6. I too refuse to cave in to the haters and naysayers. I can’t control the world but I can shine “this little light of mine.”

    A scarf is a beautiful thing to share: 1. It provides warmth and some measure of privacy. 2. It’s colorful and lovely 3. It’s a tactile reminder of other caring souls.

    Thanks for posting this!

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Marian. I love the points you say about the scarf especially the ‘tactile reminder of other caring souls’ …

  7. Thank you, Susan. The small things add up to big things. I look for the positive in my world each day, but often those things–a butterfly, a flower, a bee, tea with a friend–are just for me. For me, that’s not enough. Being positive requires that extra step to take action in the world, like in this story. Life gives us plenty of opportunity.

    • Life gives us the opportunity to take positive practical action, I agree Elaine. All well and good that I see lovely things in my garden which brings me joy but what about others in the world?

  8. I remember that story about the scarves! Perhaps you shared it back then? Or I spotted it somewhere on FB… I do have a few SA friends who might have shared it. What a lovely, lovely thing to do! Let’s hope it spreads to the Northern hemisphere come our winter 😉

    Gorgeous story, Susan. Totally worth resharing 🙂

    • Thanks Guilie! I’m sure it was highlighted some while back which is why it was so successful. Would be great if it spread all over the world to bring some warmth to those in need! Thank you for coming by and have a great week. 🙂

  9. This is fabulous, Susan. What an idea to both brighten and warm our hearts and bodies. I hope the blankets and scarves find their way to many in need of both.

  10. Hundreds of colorful scarves draped around trees, over fences and in various strategic spots is a heart-warming sight!
    A simple yet valuable and much-needed gift…especially when the winter cold bites and chills you to the bone (especially in Jo’burg…brrrrr!)
    Thank you for sharing this story, Susan!

    Writer In Transit

    • It’s a great idea isn’t it Michelle – and the colours are also warming! Thank you for coming by – cold but sunny in Johannesburg. I hear it’s cold in Natal?

  11. What a cool idea. I used to know a couple people who were into guerilla knitting and crochet back when that was a thing. They knit or crochet random things like sign post warmers or covers for spigots. It was a harmless, funny thing to do; knitting scarves is similar, but they’re actually making things that could be useful. Not that spigot warmers aren’t. 🙂

    • I had to look up ‘spigot’ and ‘guerilla knitting’ Eric … a spigot warmer is very useful 🙂 and guerilla knitting is an art form of its own…. thanks for coming by and hosting for this month! Have a great weekend.

  12. This is so wonderful, Susan! I love the idea of a person encountering one of these scarves just when they wish they were warmer. Also giving someone working in the sun’s heat some cold water or a piece of fruit. It is little things like this that do not cost the giver all that much but may make the receiver’s day. Thanks for a great post!

    • ‘..little things that do not cost the giver much but may make the receiver’s day’ – thanks Emily, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for coming by!

  13. This is such a great idea! I crochet to relax and most of my family/friends have received more scarves and hats than they’ll probably need. This is giving me a good idea. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! #WATWB

    • Thanks Belinda – great that you’ve been given an idea 🙂 – but don’t forget your family and friends – I’m sure those scarves and hats are much treasured.

  14. A most excellent project. Extra points because of its colorful nature – just seeing those few select photos was cheery. Simple things like this delight my heart so – it makes contributing so easy. And hopefully it’s the sort of thing that catches on widely.

  15. This was a great project to keep people warm during winter months. It’s a positive way to show love and care toward others. Wonderful story and post, Susan. Thanks for sharing and participating in #WATWB.

  16. This is a wonderful idea. I adore scarves in the winter and they’re relatively easy to knit [or crochet]. Sometimes the kindest things result from the simplest ideas. Kudos to whoever came up with this project. Thanks for sharing it here.

    • Who doesn’t love scarves? You’re a gal after my own heart Ally Bean. Can’t say I know how to knit or crochet, but to give and to receive is so great. It is a lovely project I agree … thanks for coming by!

  17. Hi Susan – yes I try and look for positivity every day – a smile, opening a door, and looking at the other side of opinions expressed – so we can accept and learn from all. There’s so much we can do for others … most places here have Food Bank collection points and even Food Bank collection boxes – thanks for this necessary quote and reminder – cheers Hilary

    • I know that you look for positivity every day in every way as you say Hilaray! Yes we also have large bins outside the shops for donations – it’s lovely to pop something inside! Have a lovely weekend! Susan

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