Between knitting items for myself and others, I like to knit for those in need. That doesn't necessarily mean socioeconomic 'need', but 'need' of any sort. I stumbled across an organization that I was instantly drawn to and want to share it with you. They are called The Ships Project. To me it represents a way to give back / say 'thanks' to the men and women who are willing to risk their lives for us. If you are interested in participating, you need to join the group to receive emails via a yahoo group distribution list.
The photo on the home page shows some troops holding cool ties. These are sewn and worn around the neck. They are stuffed with a particular material that keeps the soldiers cool in extreme heat. Recently there was a request for Yankees-themed fabric as a unit asked specifically for cool ties representing their favorite baseball team! A few months ago, I was the fortunate recipient of some Yankees-themed fabric. As I'm not much of a seamstress myself, I communicated with the group's leader to let her know I had some appropriate fabric. Several days later, I mailed out some of the fabric to a woman in NJ who was able to sew 7 cool ties from what I sent. Although my part was very small, it felt good to help provide a smile and some coolness (literally and figuratively!) to our military. And I know the women who sent me the Yankees fabric would be happy to know, collectively, we were able to pay it forward in such a nice way.
Whether you are inclinded to knit, crochet or sew for the group, I encourage you to browse their website. And because this is almost exactly what the fabric looks like, I close with this (you didn't think I'd talk about the Yankees without including a visual, did you? ;-)