As this holiday season is in full bloom many people want to help out and give items to their local food pantries and homeless shelters, but what is usually the least item donated? If you ask those who work and volunteer at these places, they will say toiletries.
While it is important that individuals donate food to their local pantries and shelters, they should also consider essentials such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. This is one of the reasons why in September of 2016, Stacy Wiener started S.A.C.K. (Supporting A Community with Kindness).
“Throughout the under-served population, there’s definitely a need for toiletries,” Stacy said in an interview to the Two River Times. “Realistically speaking, if people have extra money, they’re going to buy food for their family. They’re not going to go out and buy a bar of soap.”
In less than two years, over 14,000 soap sacks have been distributed. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. There is a definite need for toiletries throughout the underserved population and charities such as United Way, Red Cross, The Kura Project and Eco Soap Bank are always looking for support.
Stacy’s soap sacks are the perfect project for any age crafter from beginner to experienced. They give a great sense of importance and accomplishment when finished. The pattern is easy and perfect for sitting in front of the tv, long car rides and is a great way to start a crafting group to start giving back to your local community.
In partnership with S.A.C.K., Premier® Yarns has specially created a kit in two colors to get you started.
Finished Measurements: Approx 4” x 5". Each kit makes up to 18 soap sacks.
- 6 skeins - Premier Home® Cotton Solid Yarn Lavender 38-10, 85% Cotton, 15% Polyester, 2.8 oz/80 g, 140 yds/128m, #4 Medium Weight.
- Machine wash. Tumble dry low.
- Crochet hook: US Size J-10
- Printed project sheet with resources on where to obtain soap and donate finished soap sacks
*Soap not included in kit
Soap S.A.C.K. is a 501(c)3 Public Charity Organization
Thanks for the soap sack idea and pattern. I have made these for homeless shelters and food pantries and they were a big hit at Thanksgiving.