Attention knitters: Make a scarf, help an orphan

Idle hands while socializing at an event this weekend? A charitable organization, the Orphan Foundation of America, is collecting hand-knitted scarves and mufflers until January 31, and giving them to college-bound orphans as an act of love.

How fast can you knit? We apologize for the short notice, but just got the mailing information today. The Orphan Foundation of America is a nonprofit group that works on behalf of (mostly) older orphan children, who are less likely to be placed in foster homes. In addition to their other charitable efforts, the OFA hosts an annual drive, the Red Scarf program, to bring hand-knitted scarves to unfostered youths who've made it into college. The objective is simple:

"Earlier this fall, 2,500 college students without families across the nation received care packages assembled on Capitol Hill by members of Congress, their staff, volunteers and caring individuals who know the importance of feeling connected to others. On Valentine's Day, those same college students will receive care packages containing individually hand-knitted or crocheted red scarves. For young people without loving families and homes to serve as a practical lifeline, the scarves send a powerful message of hope."

You can mail in the scarf, though time is getting a little short, or you can drop it off at any Einstein's Bagels restaurant. The mail-in address is:

National Events Coordinator
Orphan Foundation of America
21351 Gentry Drive Suite 130
Sterling, VA 20166-8511

Inquiries can be sent to Annalisa Assaadi, aja@orphan.org.

Going to an event this weekend? Planning to sit in classes, or watching a tourney, with nothing to do with your hands? How about brightening a student's day with a scarf made by your hand?