These sweaters were handed out as Christmas gifts to colleagues and friends who would not only appreciate the hand crafted part of the project, but also the social mission. The goal of the remaining 60 sweaters is to make a monetary impact. So, what better way to fundraise than to touch the people who you already know. Of course, the sweaters are a great bonus too!
I placed this sweater in a popular shopping area in north Phoenix. What you can’t get from this photo is that the entire shopping area, including the parking lot is wired for sound. This means that you hear music as you walk to your car. It creeped me out when I first discovered this because it seems as if you entered an alternative Hollywood landscape or a bad music video. However, it is a popular shopping destination as it is one of the closest to many homes that have erupted from the desert landscape in the region. And it was a very crowded day which means hopefully a generous person found this little sweater hanging, waiting to be found.
On the eve of one of the most commonly celebrated events in Christianity, 18 sweaters were placed at 18 different churches throughout the valley. Since the Christmas story is one about looking for shelter for an expectant mother having been turned down by everyone except an inn keeper who can only provide the comforts of a barn, it seemed fitting to post these sweaters at churches. The Gospel is full of stories that tell us to be mindful of the people within our midst who fall into the “marginal” portion of our collective and not to focus on the rules, laws and customs within a religious practice in order to appease God. On this day, I am hoping that those who find these sweaters will think of the people who are not related to us, within our circle of friends or acquaintances, and might not be the people we would even necessarily want to talk to but who need our help. Remembering the hope that Christmas brings to us–birth, hope, and something other than ourselves–that’s what we should be celebrating this season.
The air port is a great place to place sweaters. Mostly because I feel so illegal. Signs abound about any left items are subject to search and I feel that I will be instantly tracked down by the security once I place a sweater. These two were placed in Charlotte NC (Christmas tree) and in Dallas Fort Worth (black seat). The festive atmosphere in Charlotte was definitely more apparent than in Dallas, but in either case, I hope that the little sweater made someone’s day as they traversed the country for either business or pleasure.
Getting closer to the holidays and in need of that special sweater? Look no further than your local Goodwill store. It was my daughter’s idea to place one there saying that’s where people go if they need clothes. So, in support for her great idea and a wonderful way to enhance a holiday display, we posted this sweater on the rack at the Goodwill off of Ashville Highway in Spartanburg SC. Of course both of us wondered if someone would eventually have to pay for it as it was unmarked, but even so, at least the proceeds would still benefit a good cause.
Another cultural icon of Spartanburg SC is a great park along Ashville Highway where I spent several girl scout events playing and running. The event center had a holiday party in session, so I placed this on the exterior fireplace which seemed to have recently been used. While the neighborhood might not be the location for those in need of warmth, I couldn’t help but to think that if I were in a situation that left me out in the cold, this place would be ideal. Tons of kids were playing inside and maybe one of them snuck out and were able to find this before the fire place was used agin, or maybe the next person to light a fire will find it and think warm thoughts!
The Chapman Cultural Center was a buzz with energy last Sunday with a holiday performance, and so my daughter and I placed two sweaters on site for those in the holiday spirit to find. Known as the Hub City due to the convergence of the railroad, Spartanburg is now home to some amazing amenities that was not in existence that long ago. The new cultural center seems to be quite a place for exhibitions and performances that celebrate the local and provide an opportunity to share the talents of the area. In hopes that the finders of the sweaters were able to share their generosity, we placed one in a very conspicuous location while the other one is tucked away a bit next to a information stand on cultural events sponsored by the center.