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Make a Tremendous Difference by Knitting for Native Americans

knitting for Native AmericansA little charity knitting goes a long way when you’re knitting for Native Americans through One Nation, Walking Together

If you have limited time for charity knitting, perhaps you have wondered what you could do to make the biggest impact with the least amount of time or resources. I have one possible solution for you: knitting for Native Americans.

The organization known as One Nation, Walking Together works to provide assistance to the population of the United States that suffers the direst of circumstances. The statistics are both sobering and staggering: the unemployment rate is 70%; 50% live below the poverty level; the average life expectancy is 58 years; 80% suffer from diabetes, tuberculosis, or heart disease; the highest infant mortality and teen suicide rates of any other American demographic; and 2 out of 10 families go hungry.

This is to say nothing of the lack of what most of us consider basic necessities within their homes. 50% of homes have no phones; 20% lack complete kitchens; 20 to 40% lack indoor plumbing or sewage service; 70% have no transportation.

Because so many Native American families have so little, anything you’re knitting for Native Americans can make a tremendous difference in their lives. Here’s an example: many families do not have adequate furnishings or home accessories. When you offer something like this to a family, you free their finances for other needs.

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How You Can Help: Knitting for Native Americans

When we say that anything you can offer to these families will make a difference, we really do mean anything! You can make clothing, accessories, toys, household items, and/or blankets. Whatever you enjoy making, you can make them for people residing on Native American reservations, and you can be assured that someone will take and appreciate them more than they can express.

Take a minute to read all about One Nation, Walking Together and the many great services they provide. There is also a Ravelry group devoted to creating objects for Native Americans through One Nation, Walking Together. If you need ideas or would like to gather with this group to create items, check out their group page.

We hope you will consider sending any charity knitting you enjoy to One Nation and help improve the lives of Native Americans, one family at a time!