Shards of Consciousness

The Share-a-Square Mission Accomplished

Change the World

In June, 2007 Shelly Tucker had an idea. Wouldn't it be great, she thought, if we could give an afghan to every child who attends Camp Sanguinity. Camp Sanguinity is a summer camp in the Fort Worth, Texas area for children who have cancer.

The idea wasn't an idle fancy. It was a vision, a goal. Shelly knew she couldn't make 140 afghans by herself, so to bring the goal to fruition she put out the call to her friends, family, and the community around the world in a blog post - Searching for People With Big Hearts. The Share-a-Square project was born.

Over the next months people from all over the world created and sent Shelly afghan squares, each tagged with the creator's name and location. Other individuals began piecing the afghans together using the squares as they came in. Each square in each afghan was made by a different person. You can see a gallery of the results.

Circumstances led to one child receiving his afghan early. He wouldn't remove the tags for two weeks, then after that he liked to shuffle them and read the names and locations of the individuals who had helped create his afghan. This led to the creation of the Share-a-Square bag project, hosted by Barbara at the Purple Moose Gazette and Sherry at Yellow Roses Garden, to create bags to hold the tags from each afghan for the child's memories.

On July 7, 2008, a year of work and love came to an end as Shelly, her family, and volunteers delivered the afghans and bags to Camp Sanguinity.

Thank you to everyone who helped bring this vision to fruition. Thank you Shelly, for showing us how we can change the world.

2 Responses to The Share-a-Square Mission Accomplished

  • We CAN change the world, can't we? It's pretty doggone amazing that so many people took part in the project. I wish that everyone could have been there when we delivered, Rick. That was possibly the most astounding day of my life. I didn't think the youngest children would understand the magnitude of it, but you can see by there faces that they did. Thank you for being such a huge part of the project....and you WERE.

  • We CAN and we did, Shelly. Thank you. I was amazed by how farflung the participants were.

    I appreciate all the pictures you posted for those of us who weren't able to be there when the children received their afghans. It gave us a sense of what it was like.

    I'm up for another project!

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