We all know about four-legged creatures that do mitzvahs…there are horses that provide therapeutic riding for kids and adults with many different disabilities, and then there are guide dogs who work primarily with blind people. We’ve even met a few mitzvah cats. But, sheep?
The sheep pictured here is one of an entire flock (yes, when you have more than one sheep it is called a flock!) of 15 fiber animals that are raised for the beautiful wool they produce. This particular flock calls Queens, New York (one of Manhattan’s five boroughs) home and their wool has been offered to Warm Woolies, (http://warmwoolies.org), a small non-profit The Good People Fund has worked with this past year. Warm Woolies was the creation of Kimberly Turnbow, a Denver attorney whose love of knitting led her to use her talents on behalf of others. Warm Woolies provides hand-knitted wool garments for children in orphanages in the Former Soviet Union as well as children growing up in a few Native American communities not far from Denver. All of these beautiful garments are created by volunteer knitters across the country.
Kimberly wrote us a few days ago with several exciting pieces of news. The first was the decision of the Queens Zoo to spin the wool from these beautiful animals into fiber which will be sent to Warm Woolies which will then turn it over to some of their volunteers to create new warm garments.
The second piece of news in Kimberly’s email shared:
Lands’ End and Warm Woolies FeelGood Knitting Campaign
Lands’ End and Warm Woolies have partnered to kick off a national knitting campaign to create warm items for homeless families on tribal reservations. We are looking for 150 knitting volunteers willing to knit with the exclusive Lands’ End FeelGood yarn. We will ship the yarn directly to volunteers.
The initiative is part of a national campaign to support the new collection of FeelGood sweaters and accessories sold at Lands’ End and landsend.com. For each FeelGood item purchased beginning on September 1st, Lands’ End will donate yarn to knitting volunteers across the country in an effort to warm up homeless families across the country.
Talk about FeelGood! If you are a knitter, be in touch with Warm Woolies. So many people will be warmer this coming winter if you sign up to use your knitting skills on behalf of tzedakah and mitzvahs!