I love making stuff. But stuff clutters up my tiny house. While I was crocheting this beautiful throw over the last two and half weeks I spent most of the time trying to figure out what I was going to do with the blanket once it was complete. It’s always nice to have someone in mind while making something special but instead I was thinking about how something as simple as a blanket could make a difference in someone’s life. Not just possessing something beautiful but sharing something in exchange for good deeds.

My idea grew as my blanket progressed. My inspiration for this comes from an idea that grew like wildfire around last Valentine’s Day. I have never much been a fan of Valentine’s Day. It seems so contrived and sets people up for disappointment if the right sentiment isn’t conveyed by the right people in their lives. But Generosity Day I can totally get behind. Generosity for it’s own sake is so satisfying and I make it a rule at our home to always err on the side of generosity. Even if my kids never learn to love brussel sprouts, I’ll be happy if they turn out to be generous adults.

So what does all this have to do with a handmade blanket? Here’s the deal… I wish to promote and support Generosity Day. In order to get my peeps excited about it I’m giving away this blanket. Unfortunately, I’m only extending this offer to residents of the United States because of shipping costs but please do not let that stop you from being generous in general.

Specifically, I was thinking of my friend who is running the Boston Marathon in April as part of a team to raise money for Mass Mentoring Partnership, an organization that funds 180+ enrichment programs for at-risk youth. She’s putting forth a great amount of time and effort into training and fundraising and I wanted to help using my specific talents. I’ll probably never run a marathon but I can make a blanket to give away that provides exposure for her efforts. You can follow Maggie on her blog called Happiness is Strength.

If you are interested in making a blanket like this one, you can find the pattern at Red Heart.

To enter for a chance to win this blanket, leave me a comment with something you’ve done this month to be generous.  If you’ve been generous multiple times leave me that many comments. If you decide to or have already donated to Maggie’s Fundraiser on Razoo, leave a comment about that too.  I’ll be selecting a winner using a random number generator on Generosity Day… February 14th at 9:00 pm est.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Amanda H! Her comment of “I donated to several projects that teachers in low income schools were fundraising for– all of which involved books for their students!” is the winner.

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