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How can crocheters help the thousands who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? The Prickly Pear Cactus is the state plant of Texas, and so I have designed a Prickly Pear Cactus Keychain for sale in my Ravelry Store. This cactus is highly adaptive and can grow in a variety of environments. Rugged, beautiful, and versatile, it seems to really represent the spirit of Texas. How fitting, especially when I see some of the photos coming out of this disaster.
As an Etsy seller, I have come across many other sellers and artists from Texas. When disasters like Hurricane Harvey occur, many times we don’t think about how their livelihood has been affected. But one organization is doing just that. CERF+ is a nonprofit focused exclusively on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide, to provide direct financial relief to artists who have suffered career-threatening damages from the storm. Etsy has teamed up with CERF+ and will be matching contributions. Donations will help these artists get back to creating so they can provide for their families in the wake of this tragedy.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
There are a couple ways you can help artists affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can either donate directly to this charity through Etsy or, if you crochet, you can buy this pattern in my Ravelry shop. All proceeds for this pattern will be donated to CERF+ through Etsy for several weeks and months, as needed. If you like the keychain but are not a crocheter, you can also purchase the keychain through my Etsy shop.
For this pattern I used Knit Picks Dishie Yarn in Jalepeno and Begonia. It works up beautifully, has vibrant color, and is so soft.
I hope you will do what you can to help. We never know when disaster may hit us and we will be dependent on someone else’s good heart.
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