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Charity Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

When I say that 99% of my crochet projects are unpaid projects, I am not exaggerating. If I were to guess, 80% is actually charity work while 19% belongs in the friends and family category. That final 1% is when, on the rare occasion, someone asks me to make something for money.


Crochet rose, hand crafted
Handmade Crochet Rose


So, what is to stop me from saying 99% of it is charity work?


Because, well, I am not sure.


I feel unfulfilled when I do not fit one charity project into my week. However, today I had to stop and give myself pause. I made a beautiful earwarmer for a young lady and gave it to her. It was a little passion project and I donated it to a 5 year old who would benefit. Isn't that charity?


Dare I say yes?


Hand crafted, children's earwarmer, crocheted
Handmade Crochet Earwarmer

I make passion projects all the time and just give them away to individuals. Family and not.


I've decided to change my mindset today. Anything unpaid and gifted can be charity. It does not have to go to a charitable organization to receive that title. Charitable organizations are great but I don't need someone giving away my goods to make my projects charitable.


Hand crafted, crochet, beanie, charity
Handmade Crochet Beanie

Making and gifting things to those who can use them is good, no matter what you call it.


I am a little behind on my latest 19% endeavor of making a Moana costume for someone to wear on Halloween. With that said, today will be a bit of a break as I put in some serious time on the project.


How do you define your charitable actions?


Angela, Owner of Angela J Shupe Freelance Services LLC

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