Knitting for Peace is a project of Seaville Friends (Quaker) Meeting. Quakers adhere to a Peace Testimony renouncing war and embracing the transformative power of love and nonviolence. Friends endeavor to see “that of God” in every person, regardless of nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, or social status. Knitting for Peace is our response to the the loss currently experienced by those in the Ukraine. We send them our love, our Light, and beautiful handmade gifts to keep them warm in the upcoming winter. We want them to know that they are not forgotten, and that they are important and supported by gifts of our hearts
As bombs dropped on towns in Ukraine last February, people all over the world wanted to help in any way they could. Knitting for Peace is Seaville Friends (Quaker) Meeting’s response to the loss currently experienced in Ukraine. We send them our love, our Light, and beautiful handmade gifts to keep them warm in the freezing months. We want them to know that they are not forgotten, and that they are important and supported by gifts of our hearts.
We are able to do that through our partnership with the Cape May County non-profit, Cape May Shelters Lutsk. Lutsk is a city near the Polish border where Cape May resident, Vesna Palifrova’s brother manages a shelter for Ukrainian refugees. As the violence continues, Zoran and Tatiana’s role has expanded to assisting others throughout the country. Over the past year, Cape May Shelters Lutsk has provided them with donated funds, medical supplies, food, heaters, solar-powered lamps – and a thousand hats, scarves, and blankets knitted throughout Cape May County.
This is a person-to-person effort, including livestream communications and videos. No vague donations to unknown organizations: 100% of donations reach the people who need them in Ukraine. The bombs are still falling, and the need is still great. You can see some of the videos and pictures on the Knitting for Peace Facebook page here:
If you or your Meeting are interested in offering your services—knitted or crocheted items, donations, locations for drop off, or if you’d like to talk with us further about this project—contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz at email@example.com, or leave a message on the Knitting for Peace Facebook page.