Trauma Teddies for the Middle East

Trauma Teddies in Action

Image from Teddies for Tragedies

As we are all too aware from the news, the situation in the Middle East is pretty dire – I don’t want to get into the politics of the situation, that’s not the aim of this post – so please refrain from leaving politically motivated comments!

As with any conflict there are children involved, and some of them have seen things, heard things and experienced things that we as adults wouldn’t even want to think about. Many have lost their homes, their toys and perhaps even their entire family. And its hard to imagine what would bring them comfort…. but there is something – a small knitted or crocheted bear to love can make all the difference.

And that is where you, dear readers can help…. we all have that dreaded thing called a yarn stash… it lurks in cupboards, bags and boxes, and often we end up with odds and ends we can’t think how to use up…… so grab your hook, a pair of needles and some DK yarn, download one of the free patterns below and get clicking!

And once you have made your bear, (if you are local to Southampton, I may be able to collect it), then please post it to the address below, where the lovely people concerned will make sure the bear is well loved by a small person who needs him or her:

The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 9DL phone no. 01730 267673.

I’m planning to hold a couple of social crafty sessions for friends so we can have a natter and make our bears – why not host a Teddy Making Party of your own or ask people at a group you attend or at your local church if they would like to join you?

PATTERNS

teddypattern crochet– Please note this is a pattern I have converted from the knitting pattern – I would appreciate it if you could let me know if I have made any mistakes so I can improve it!

teddypattern knitting  – this pattern is supplied by http://www.teddiesfortragedies.org.uk/

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