Knitters are being sought to help knit teddies and blankets for refugee and orphaned children across the world. The first ever teddies were sent to a Sudanese orphanage where over 2000 children had contracted TB but since then they have been sent to places such as Peru, Zambia, Romania, Calcutta, Thailand, Croatia, Albania, Nepal and Malawi to name but a few.
Teddies for Tragedies is not a charity, it is a knitting pattern. Teddies are usually knitted by local groups and given to charities operating locally. There is no national organisation, and no need of one, anyone can knit a few teddies for a cause near their own heart since it’s inception in 1985 hundreds of thousands of teddies have been knitted and given to charities and volunteers to bring a smile to children.
The Teddies for Tragedies celebrates the smiles of the children who are given the teddies, thus giving feedback to knitters and illustrating the benefits to charities and volunteers. Creates a central location where charities and volunteers who want teddies can ask for them. Puts teddy knitting groups in contact, so we can better fulfil the needs of charities. Helps knitters and groups find homes for their teddies (and other knitted items).
Before you begin knitting teddies, make sure you know someone who wants them.
You can see all of these smiling pictures on one page – SlideShow pictures The Teddies for Tragedies isn’t, doesn’t want to be and in fact couldn’t be… A central location which has contact with every charity taking teddies.
Recently someone, somewhere publicised that Teddies for Tragedies was a charity asking for teddies. An impossible task for what is not a charity – hundred’s of thousands of teddies. The track record of there is good, many thousands of teddies have found homes through it and not a few knitters have become local collectors/distributors.
Volunteers at Queensferry Parish Church have been involved making and donating “Teddies for Tragedies” since 1999, when the Guild took up the challenge. Up until October last year, more than 2500 teddies and 152 blankets have been donated from local church to the charity Blythswood Care in Glasgow for distribution to orphaned and refugee children across the world. While Norma has a number of local women who continue to knit teddies and blankets, she is keen to hear from others willing to help with her challenge to keep giving teddies to those less fortunate.
”There’s just something about a Teddy Bear that’s impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It’s almost supernatural.”