Staff from Sanctuary Housing and Cherwell District Council (CDC) have been putting their knitting skills to the test as they help weave warmth into the lives of Syrian refugees this Christmas.
2.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey
With figures released earlier this year stating that over 2.5 million Syrian refugees are currently based in Turkey, employees from the two Banbury-based organisations decided to pull together to support non-profit organisation Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY).
Love in the Language of Yarn (LILY)
LILY provides hand knitted and crocheted blankets for Syrian refugee families and orphans who have found themselves in Turkey. The blankets are made up of 8-inch squares, knitted by people from all walks of life around the world, which are then sewn together and donated to refugee families who are in need.
Knitting squares for Syria
Around seven Sanctuary and CDC staff were involved in the initiative, knitting over 200 squares which were posted to the organisation based in Turkey to be sewed together. On some occasions the families will sew the squares together themselves to create something for their children.
“Make a difference to people’s lives at Christmas”
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager who led on the knitting mission, said: “Love in the Language of Yarn is such a worthwhile cause and we are delighted that we have been able to make a contribution to ensuring refugee families in Turkey are kept warm this winter.
“It is wonderful that we can all come together to do something that we each enjoy to make a difference to people’s lives at Christmas and show them that someone cares.”