About a month ago I posted a rant about Christian charities only supporting other Christians. Since then I found out about Goddess Moon Circles Helping and Warming Program. This is a pagan-run program that supports organizations who support charities that do not require a statement of faith of any kind before providing aid.

What does that mean? I used to volunteer at a homeless shelter that required people to sit through a church service before they could have a bed for the night. That would be a no-no.

So in the spirit of put up or shut up I’ve decided to get involved with this organization. I even made a quick website. I’ve identified a few charities around here that fit the criteria. That was hard. There aren’t a lot of charities around here at all.

My goal is to give donations during each of the eight pagan holidays, starting with Samhain. I’ve always been annoyed with people who only give during December. This will nicely space donations out and give me a deadline. I need deadlines or I put things off.

I’m going to send out information to as many pagan groups in Ohio as I can find. I’m concentrating on collecting quilts, afghans, warm clothes, and toiletries. The charities I’m looking at are a domestic violence shelter and a group that takes supplies to homeless people. It depends on what I get in.

I’m going to use most of my quilt UFOs for donations. Out of the blue yesterday someone I work with said she was given a bunch of quilt blocks and wanted to know if I had any use for them. I’m going to snap those up. I’m also working on learning to knit again. I’m making a scarf. I’m slow though so that may take a while. Donations from faster knitters would be much appreciated.

During our purge of our house I collected up a bunch of clothes to donate too.

I hope to be able to get a few people donating but if it is just me making a quilt or two for each holiday that will be ok. Charity begins at home right?

2 Replies to “Pagan charity”

  1. I am glad someone is doing something. a few years ago. I become homeless while i lived in brian ohio and when I went to the shelter there they did the same thing pushed church there. Then they kicked me out because i did not go to church a couple of sundays. i even told them that i had to work on sunday morning the week before it happened. they said in all essence that i had to be there or i could not stay. They said i had to call off of work or switch. how backowords is that hurt your work to be able to stay is that not why they have people find work. well i had to leave and contacted a shelter in Defiance and they where able to help me with transportation there and a place to stay.Though i had to quit my job in Bryan because i had no transportation there. and the social worker in defiance was really up set about what happened in bryan. she did everythign she could to rectify that situation but in the end was told it was there money and nothing could be done about it. I finely move to michigan and doing a lot better here

  2. Hi there. Thanks for your comments left on my blog. I agree that hand quilting can be the most tedious part of quilting, and I hate doing it soon after I start. But I LOVE the end result. Actually, I think binding the quilt is the best part – then I know I’m virtually finished!! Have just been having a look through your site and find it really interesting. Will definitely come back to check it out some more.

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