As most of you seem to have been here longer than me (I am just about to hit my second anniversary of arrival here) I wondered if anyone could help.
I have had more spare time since being in France and have gotten more crafty than I used to be. I want to stay busy as I enjoy it but my kids are all crafted out with various items of clothing, amigurumi toys and tatted bracelets etc so I wanted to make items I can donate to charities. I craft to a professional standard, having knitted for over 40 years, crocheted for over 10 and owned my first Singer hand-operated sewing machine at the age of 9 (just under 40 yrs ago).
It seems to me that France is not as 'charity focused' as the UK and despite searching under everything I could think of I came up with very little wanting actual items just a few providing financial donation links.
First off, angel gowns for premature and still born babies are big in the UK, it occurred to me that maybe the French see this in poor taste and deal with that soul-destroying event differently - maybe I am wrong. UK hospitals happily take blankets and items of clothing made for their tiny Neonatal ICU patients - is it the same here? Even the Dogs trust want knitted dog coats in the winter as they are apparently more practical than those with buckles and buttons - what about France with all its dog rescue centres full of unwanted pets?
There are of course the Cancer charities and Chemo units in the UK accepting chemo caps and blankets for patients. Even the quite amusing but useful charity giving free knitted - hmm hmm knockers apparently as temporary protheses. Oh and those post-natal nurses requiring knitted/crocheted boobies for breastfeeding tutorials - but what about France?
I really cannot find much and feel that I may end up sending stuff over to the UK which quite frankly seems to have enough volunteers providing these items anyway.
Can anyone point me in the right direction here? Or even to a neighbouring country requiring such items knitted/crochet or sewn that I can provide? My fingers are twitching and you know what they say about idle hands!! ;-)