Warm-Up Arizona started
with a simple idea I discovered
on Facebook and execute each December in Phoenix.
I crochet scarves all year while relaxing in the evening. We tie them to poles so if someone is cold they can take one!
December 2020 will be our
We attach a note to each scarf that reads:
"This scarf is for anyone who may be cold. Please take it!"
The fact that it gets quite cold in Arizona in December may not be commonly known to folks who
live out of state, but it gets chilly!
By crocheting the scarves myself, I'm able to make around thirty to hand out during the holidays!
When word of what we're doing gets out, we sometimes get donations from corporations. We received over 50 backpacks from Wireless West and I used them for both our mission and to share.
I was able to give some of the backpacks to Foster Arizona for teenagers aging out of foster care and starting out on their own. Contact me if you have leftover backpacks or other items from conventions and I'll make sure they go to good use!
I'm not very good at crocheting and my scarves are simple, but I hope they help keep someone warm!
Through the years we've added blankets, pillows, hygiene products, clothing, and jackets. Last year we added sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. We hope to grow each year.
My husband, Dean always encourages all my ideas! Here he is tying one of my scarves to a tree.
My son, Matt helps me get the scarves out on a cold night.
My oldest son, Ryan, helping too. We've learned not to tie things to parking meters!
This is Dean on Christmas day, tying on the last scarf. That day we gave out 35 backpacks, 35 lunches and about 30 scarves.