Thursday, October 1, 2009

{helping our community} Softies for Mirabel

Now in it's third year, Softies for Mirabel, is a wonderful community crafting project. It's an annual appeal that directly benefits the children supported by the Mirabel Foundation.

"Mirabel assists children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use and are now in the care of extended family (kinship care). Mirabel believes that every child deserves a childhood and its mission is to break the destructive cycle of addiction and disadvantage." 
 from the Mirabel Foundation site.

Every year Pip, from Meet me at Mike's, in Melbourne, collects softies from all around the globe to pass onto these children, who must need some love. And a cuddle with a handcrafted Softie is surely a little piece of love and attention and care.

If you would like to help out, and send a softie as a gift (in time for Christmas), just please send them to Pip before 10th December. Your softies, or soft toys, must be made with young children in mind - ie, no buttons or eyes or parts that cal fall or be pulled or bitten off.

Here's some ideas for patterns:
Mostly Marvelous Ms Rabbit by Bird and Little Bird
Bunny or Kitty by Kristen Doran (Selvedge House has these at our market stalls)
Hippo, Giraffe, Puppy, Elephant by Audrey & Maude (we also have these)
Jofus and Lally + others by Ric Rac
Felt Bunny by Hazelnuts
Poppy Doll by Hop Skip Jump

Please share your softies with us, we'd love to see what you make and send.
All details on where to send can be found on Pip's blog.

*image from Meet me at Mike's, used with thanks.

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