Jessica Estes began by crocheting six scarves over the holidays last year
According to Estes, the YWCA sends an advocate along with a victim to one of three area hospitals where they can get an exam, as well as treatment for an assault. It is during this time that the advocate gives the victim a scarf. “It helps the victim, this provides them with hope that ‘I can get through this, these are people that have gone through this and they care about me,” says Karla Docter, Director of Crisis Response Teams for the YWCA. The YWCA is an organization that offers a wide range of crisis services, says Docter. Those services range from emergency shelter and a 24-hour hotline, to individual counseling. Grateful for the thoughtful donation, she says some victims will hold the scarves closely or drape the scarf around their shoulders in an equivalent to a hug. “I’ve had some of them well up in tears,” said Docter, who added just how thankful she is personally for the volunteers who knit the scarves. One such volunteer is Kayla Tur, an Edmond resident who wanted to use her talents to help others. She got involved with Threads of Compassion because she could relate to the victims. “I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse so I know how devastating it can be to feel like you’re alone. Just giving them something that says we care can help,” she said. The organization’s biggest need is for more people to volunteer and make scarves, said Estes. According to Docter, the YWCA helps between 30 and 40 people a month who have been affected by assault. Estes’ goal is to make enough scarves for each and every one of them. The scarves can be any color or pattern and can be either crocheted or knitted, but should be five inches wide and 65 inches long. “That is just kind of a base so that whoever receives it can probably wear it if they choose to,” Estes said. The scarves are a literal link between survivors. Compassion is indeed in every thread. For more information on how you can help, visit: www.threadsokc.org.
OUR SISTERS CLOSET Our Sister’s Closet, a resale shop of the YWCA, is now open at 101 E. Hurd in Edmond, Oklahoma from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday - Saturday. This 1,600 square foot boutique offers clothing and accessories for casual or business attire, serving as a revenue source for YWCA programs for women and children.
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