|Somehow, this will become a cute bear!|
I have to admit that I didn't love knitting this project due to yarn considerations, but when it came time to assemble it, I was pretty excited to think about who would receive it and love it and maybe run into their house to save it right before a flood passes through their village*. These bears become prized possessions to their recipients, so I wanted to make it extra cute, and I was sure to stitch a heart on it so that they knew that somewhere in the world, there was a person who loved them enough to knit them a bear.*
For anyone who just can't handle knitting with Red Heart, you do have the option of purchasing patterns and using your own (machine washable) yarn to make your bear, rather than using one of their ready-made kits. They do have crochet versions as well, and it looks like they have also added an in-the-round version, if you are so inclined! I have ordered the in-the-round knitting pattern so that I can make another bear with yarn that I love just a bit more.
Even if you aren't crafty, you can still donate money here, sponsor bears, purchase gifts which benefit the organization, or donate needed items.
*These are just a few of the stories in the Mother Bear Project brochure that came with my kit, which will seriously bring you to tears and make you want to knit nothing but bears for the rest of your life. You're welcome.