Swansea charity knitters receive US support

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When trying to raise the profile of your latest knitting campaign there are many ways you can go about it.

You could try spreading the message through word of mouth, advertising in your local newspaper or drumming up support from fellow knitting groups in the community.

Another way to encourage people to lend a hand is to turn to the internet and create a page on Facebook detailing your hard work and how others can get involved with your charity project.

This is exactly what Debbie Jones in Wales did after knitting for the Swansea homeless community for three years. In an interview with South Wales Evening Post she explained how she created a Facebook page called Knit A Square to help publicise what she was doing.

More than 1,000 groups and individuals from far and wide then began donating balls of yarn and knitting needles, as well as making their own squares at home.

This included local pupils at Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School who joined in with knitting their own woollen squares to help make blankets for homeless people after spotting the appeal from Ms Jones.

"People have been so generous, it's unbelievable," Ms Jones said.

She explained that people have been hard at work knitting and crocheting hats, scarves and blankets for the cause, and while many volunteers are native to Swansea, she has received help from all over the world after media exposure in newspapers and magazines too.

"I have received parcels from London and the valleys so far and I am waiting for a parcel that has been posted from New Jersey," Ms Jones added.

So far a total of 15 blankets, 70 hats and a bag of scarves have been donated in time for Christmas and she is looking to collect more throughout November before donating the items to the homeless via the Cyrenians Community Centre in December.

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