NEW YORK, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber is reaching out to readers to encourage their participation in her second annual KNIT1, BLESS2 Mother's Day initiative, benefitting three national charities that provide handmade garments and blankets to infants and children in need. The popular and prolific author, an admitted knit-o-holic, is asking her readers to send in one hand-knitted or crocheted item that can be donated to Newborns in Need, Project Linus or The Binky Patrol to commemorate the holiday. To celebrate the release of her new novel, A TURN IN THE ROAD, on-sale today, Debbie Macomber will be collecting handmade baby blankets and garments. The goal for 2011 is a 25% increase over the 2010 donation of more than 2,000 items, over 1,000 knitted and crocheted items have already been collected from fans across the country. Fans can check Debbie Macomber's website at www.debbiemacomber.com for a complete listing of local appearances.
"Mother's Day is a very special time for me. I'm usually on tour in May, as I will be this year when my new Blossom Street novel, A TURN IN THE ROAD, is released. But I always make it a point to be home on that special Sunday to celebrate with my children and grandchildren and honor the memory of my own mother," says Debbie. "This year, I thought about the babies born into this world who may not have all of the advantages that my own children and I enjoyed. I wanted to find a way to help -- and knitting for charity has always been one of my passions. It seemed like a natural: I could encourage my many readers who knit or crochet to mark Mother's Day by making one special project."
KNIT1, BLESS2 was created as a focus for the effort. Readers can go online at www.knit1bless2.com or www.debbiemacomber.com to register and join the effort. Once they've chosen their project from the list of recommended items for each charity and signed up, they will find links to each charity to download patterns. All reader items will be donated as part of our KNIT1, BLESS2 effort by sending their completed projects to: Debbie Macomber, P.O. Box 1458, Port Orchard, WA 98366. Items can be submitted up until May 31, 2011.
The Project Linus Mission
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states: First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children. Together we have distributed over 3.5 million blankets to children in need since our inception in 1995. Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. Website: www.projectlinus.org
Newborns in Need
Newborns In Need provides basic essentials to hospitals and social service agencies that provide assistance to premature, ill or impoverished newborns. By dedicating their time, talents and love, NIN volunteers are able to give a warm welcome to at-risk newborns in their own local communities. They utilize their sewing, crocheting or knitting skills to create much-needed items. They invite beginners to join in and enlist their help year-round in collecting donations and supplies to support their local chapters. Clothing, diapers, blankets, hats and many other basic items are donated to the little ones.
Anyone who sews, knits, crochets or quilts, can visit www.newbornsinneed.org for more information. The organization is a 501(c)(3) charity, providing tax deductible receipts when requested.
This 100% volunteer organization has a simple mission: to make and delivery handmade blankets to children and teens in need of comfort. These are children who are ill, abused, experiencing trauma of any kind. They all deserve to know that they are not forgotten and that someone cares. All types of binkies are welcomed: sewn, knitted, crocheted, tied, quilted, embroidered - as long as they are soft, washable and made with love! For tips on how to make our most popular ones, please visit our website for ideas: www.binkypatrol.org. Helpful links are: Quick links to make a sewn, easy, strip pieced quilt - http://binkypatrol.org/article.cfm?id=439 A great way to involve children is to let them make a no-sew, fleece blanket - http://binkypatrol.org/article.cfm?id=267
"I hope all of the friends I've made over the years through my books and my love of knitting will join with me to help," Debbie continues. "Combining our passion for needlework with the joy of giving just seems like a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day."
Debbie Macomber, author of the bestselling Blossom Street books and the Cedar Cove series, is one of the leading voices in women's fiction today. Her work has debuted in the number one position on every major bestseller list, including those of the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly. She is a multiple award winner, and there are more than 140 million copies of her books in print worldwide. A TURN IN THE ROAD, her new novel from MIRA Books, goes on sale in May 2011.
SOURCE Debbie Macomber