Holiday Crafting and Giving

If you are like me, you are in the midst of holiday crafting and giving.  It’s a crazy time of year for crafters, and, hey, if you are looking for ideas, how about this post or this post for inspiration?

Still, this is a time of giving and generosity.  Many causes and groups are looking for donations, and it’s tough to decide which to donate to.  We would ask that you would consider WUP in your holiday giving, not just with your fantastic donations of handmade items, but we need monetary funds, too, to pay for things like tagging supplies and storage for all of great stuff that gets donated.

If you would kindly visit out GoFundMe page and consider us in you holiday giving, it would greatly appreciated and put to excellent use.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

Upcoming December Scarf-Bombing!

Ack!  Where did this month go?  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no scarf-bombing in November, BUT…the next one will be Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA at 7pm.  We will then head on over to Columbia Presbyterian Church afterwards.  Check out the Facebook event for more details!

All of us at The Wrap Up! Project want to wish you and your family a happy, safe, and WARM Thanksgiving!  We appreciate and are thankful for all of our awesome volunteers, drop off businesses, crafters, EVERYONE who has supported us for the past three seasons.  We can’t do it without you, and we are so happy with the way this endeavor has grown over.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Event Reminder: Iron Hill Brewery Give 20

On Monday, November 7, 2016, the Wrap Up!  Project will be having a fundraiser at the Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster, PA from 11:30am-11pm.  We would love to see you there!

Here’s how it works:

  1. You download and print out the tickets.
  2. Come to Iron Hill Brewery on the 7th with your ticket.
  3. Enjoy a great meal!
  4. Iron Hill Brewery will donate 20 percent of your bill, excluding tip and alcohol, to WUP when you present the coupon.
  5. How cool is that?!

If you want tickets mailed to you, e-mail us at info@wraupproject.org, and we’ll get them to you!

Give extra tickets to family and friends.  Please be mindful and read the rules stated on the tickets.  We are not allowed to hand out tickets at the restaurant that day.  Coupons must be in hand BEFORE you get there.

We’d love to see you there!  Let us know if you are coming on the Facebook event page!

 

The Ephrata Situation

Photo courtesy of LNP

Wow.  The Wrap Up! Project has had an interesting week, to say the least, due to a situation in Ephrata, PA, USA where our first scarf bombing there drew complaints from a few individuals that veterans’ memorial pictured above was being “defaced” by our group leaving items out there.  As a result, the police chief in Ephrata told us to remove the items, which we did, or they would be disposed of.

The result of this situation has brought out quite an outcry of citizens in support of WUP’s work.  And a result of that has been a media frenzy for WUP’s founder, Angelia Reed.  She was interviewed by LNP/LancasterOnline, BRC News 11, WGAL Channel 8, WMPT Fox 43, and Penn Live. I encourage you to head on over to the WUP Facebook page for more information about the situation, what we’re going to do about it, and for further updates.

I’ll leave you with links of two of the articles that are available for your to read.

I’ll update here, too, with what’s going on with the future of Ephrata scarf bombings.

-Jenn, WUP’s Web Guru

 

First Tagging Party of the Season!

WUP is going to be having the first tagging party of the season at Kegel’s Produce at 2851 Old Tree Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603 on September 30, 2016 from 7pm-9pm.

What is a tagging party?  Well, each item that WUP puts out gets a tag explaining why the item has been left our and and how to care for it.  Here’s an example of one of our tags below.

Scarf Bombing Tag Example

Due to the volume of items WUP gets, it’s very time consuming for one or two people to do, but, know the old saying “many hands make light work”?  Yup, we need your help!

Veggie and fruit trays will be provided as refreshments, but feel free to bring your own dish to share, as well.  Oh, and bring your current knitting and/or crochet projects in to work on for a sit and stitch, too!

Kegel’s would like us cleaned up and out of the building no later than 10pm, so that is all the later we should be in there working.  If you can stay to help clean up, it would be greatly appreciated.

For more information and to RSVP, please check out the event on Facebook.

In the Media

Did you see WUP in the news recently?  Erin Negley wrote a great article for LancasterOnline featuring WUP, which also ran in the Monday, September 12, 2016 edition of the LNP newspaper.

Angelia Reed was also interviewed by Sarah Veronis of Blue Ridge Cable News 11 yesterday about the upcoming season for WUP.

 

BIG Changes..and We’re Growing!

You may have noticed some big changes around here! Due to our growing organization, we have changed the name of Wrap Up, Lancaster! to The Wrap Up! Project.  Why, may ask?  We’re glad you did!

WUP has now grown outside Lancaster County, and we wanted a name that would encompass the different chapters, such as the Wrap Up! Project Capitol Region that will be starting this fall.  We are excited that we’re growing!

Speaking of growing.

We would like to introduce Karen Zimmerman as our Fundraising Officer!  Karen brings fundraising experience from working with her local fire company.  We are still looking for a vice president and a scouting officer, so let us know if you’re interested!

And speaking for more growing.

We want to welcome Eleanor Grace Storms to the WUP family.  Eleanor is the daughter of Bethany, one of the first WUP members and a planning committee member.  Congratulations Bethany and Ben on the birth of your baby girl!  Mother and child are doing well.

Eleanor Grace Storms

We need YOU!

Indeed!  We need YOU!  WUL is looking for a few volunteers to help as organizers and officers.  There is already a committee in place, but if you want to help, and have the skills and talents that fit the job, we would love to hear from you!

Serving on our planning committee is a also a great opportunity for those who want to contribute to WUL, but don’t knit, crochet, or do other crafts.  Here are the volunteer positions we are looking to fill.

Vice President:  I know, the VEEP position has been very limited, but we have a purpose in mind for this position.  We want our vice president to be in charge of GOALS.  We would set our goals in our meetings.

Fundraising Officer:  Have a knack for raising money?  Got some creative ideas to bring in an a flow of income?  This is the position for you!  The fundraising officer would organize fundraisers, obviously, for WUL so we can get supplies, pay for storage, tags, and other expenses that would come up.

Scouting Officer:   Know the area really well?  Know of a need in places we may be missing?  The scouting officer would find places that would be willing to take scarf donations to pick up, as well as find locations for us to scarf bomb, too.

All three positions would be asked to join monthly Skype meetings on the first Monday of each month, starting in October and to keep on track with their respective duties.

Interested?  E-mail info@wrapuplancaster.org and let us know how you would like to help!  We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Scarf Making Party

Amber Kane of Fabricated Ends, and an arts instructor associated with the PA Guild of Craftsmen, saw our call for scarves on the here on the blog and Facebook, and decided to do something about our need.  She is having a scarf making party, and all items made during it will be donated to WUL!  We thank you, Amber, for your thoughtfulness!

Want to attend?  Here are the details, as per her information on her e-mail list.

Date: Saturday , Sept 10, 2016
Time: 10-2pm ( you don’t need to be there the whole time)
Where: Her house in Lancaster, PA (message her on Facebook for details)
Cost: FREE

You can also get info about the party on Facebook.  If you are interested in attending, you can contact her on that post or via a message.

 

Hey, We’re on Ravelry!

Did you know that The Wrap Up, Lancaster Project (WUL) has a group on Ravelry?  We do, and we’d love for you to join in, discuss your projects, and share what you working on in the group.  Head on over and click the “Join this group” button in the upper right hand corner!

Ravelry is a great website for those of knit and crochet, but also for weavers and loom knitters, too.  You can get great patterns, and connect with others with similar interests at the same time.

That’s why we also want you to join the WUL Ravelry group, and start connecting with each other.  Head on over there now!  Keep in mind, you must be a Ravelry member to join the group, if you aren’t already.  If you aren’t on Ravelry, sign up; it’s free!

WE NEED SCARVES!

In case you missed it, we need scarves!

Seriously, we do!  We’re scarf bombers!  We need scarves to leave out for people to take in the cold weather months, and it’s now August.  September will be here before we know it, and then fall, and then the third season of WUL begins in October.  We need scarves!

We have plenty of hats, and we like that, really.  We appreciate it!  But, scarves are out main deal, and we are running short on them.  So, get your fingers knitting, crocheting, weaving, loom knitting, or no-sewing!

Drop off locations are listed here, and they are scattered throughout the county.  Most won’t accept items until October, but that doesn’t mean you can’t starting creating scarves NOW.

It may seem silly to make scarves in the dead heat of summer, but it’s also a great time to prepare for colder weather, too.

Did I mention we need scarves?