Warm and Woolly campaign for the Simon Community

Lora Millar and Deirdre McArdle of Ireland’s fibre and craft magazine Olann and announced the launch of the Warm and Woolly campaign in association with the Simon Community.

It’s that time of year when the weather begins to get colder and the nights longer. Ireland’s homeless are particularly vulnerable during the winter months. That’s why they’re looking for your help. Lora and Deirdre are asking the knitters and crocheters of Ireland to get involved with their needles and hooks to make hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks, leg warmers, cardigans, and jumpers. These are the things we make year-round that have love and warmth in every stitch. Love and warmth!

If knitting and crochet aren’t your thing, you can still help. There’s a long list of other items Simon could do with too, including:

  • thermal underwear (male & female)
  • toiletries (unopened for both men and women)
  • clothing (in good condition only, for men, women and children)
  • sleeping bags (they must be fire retardant or they can’t be accepted)
  • chocolate and/or biscuits

They’re working with yarn shops and other businesses around the country to organize drop-off points for knitted and crocheted items, as well as anything from the list above. Visit www.olannandwarmandwoolly.wordpress.com for details of where you can bring your items. Vibes and Scribes has volunteered to be a drop-off point in Cork City Centre!

The campaign will run until 30th November which gives you a couple weeks left to get involved! This gives the Simon Communities time to ensure that your items will reach those in need as quickly as possible.

The Warm and Woolly campaign also has a separate Facebook Page here. And there’s a page with links to all the relevant information here. So, check it out and see what you can do to help. You can stay up-to-date with their activities, new drop-off points, free patterns and any other news on the Facebook page: www.faceboook.com/OlannAndWarmAndWoollyCampaign.

If you’re a local yarn shop or business that would like to be a designated drop-off point, please e-mail Lora at lora@olannand.ie.



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