Whelp, the first 44 hats of 2013 are on their way to cold heads. Or, sort of. The ones in the box have been dropped off with a woman who volunteers at a food pantry for the homeless/near homeless in Johnson County, just south of Indianapolis. Even though tomorrow is the first day of spring, we're still having highs in the 30s and 40s, and we've got a couple days of snow coming up in the 10 day forecast. And there are no homeless shelters anywhere in Johnson County, something that I just found out. So a lot of the people they work with are sleeping in cars, if they're lucky, or outdoors if they're not.
The hats in the laundry basket will get boxed up, and those will being going in the mail tomorrow for Trinity Place Shelter in New York. Trinity is an LGBTQ youth shelter that I heard about from Leanna Renee Hieber when I met her last year at RT. I saw a tweet yesterday from Trinity that the weather has been ugly in NYC, too, and their volunteers have been coming in early to provide a few extra hours of warmth and shelter to the teens they serve. Trinity does good work, and if you've got a little wiggle room in your budget, I know they'd be happy for the help.
And now, I need to go knit something. My donation tubs are empty again.