January 04, 2020

Warm Up America! provides warmth to those in need through sixth annual ‘Made With Love’ event

Contact: Sarah Guenther-Moore

Warm Up America! provides warmth to those in need through sixth annual ‘Made With Love’ event

Carrollton, TX (January 6, 2020) - Winter may not be as chilly here in the south as it is in other states, but it can still get pretty cold. What if you didn’t have a warm hat, scarf or pair of gloves to keep you warm on the coldest days of the year?

Warm Up America!’s sixth annual ‘Made With Love’ event will share some love and warmth with people who might not have the benefit of these items. Planned for Jan. 11, 2020, the event will leave knitted and crocheted hats, scarves and gloves with tags that say: “Take me, I’m yours!” hanging from trees and fences in Dallas for people to take and use to keep warm.

“It brings me such joy to be able to help out with this event each year,” WUA! volunteer Cheri Prachniak said about the event. “I consider it an honor to be able to serve our community in this way and I love connecting and talking to those we give to in such a meaningful and impactful way.” 

The goal is to collect 7,500 donations. Anyone who would like to donate a knitted or crocheted hat, scarf or pair of mittens or gloves (note: items can be any size from child to adult) can drop or mail them to the Warm Up America! office:
Warm Up America
ATTN: Made with Love
3740 N. Josey Lane, Suite 152
Carrollton, TX 75007

“Made With Love has been going strong for six years now,” said Jenny Bessonette, executive director of Warm Up America! “Our goal again this year is to reach even more people by having volunteers host Made With Love events around the country.”

For the second year in a row, volunteers from several cities around the country will be holding their own Made With Love events in an effort to expand the reach of this charity initiative. Partner events will be held in Des Moines, IA; Little Rock, AR; New York; and other cities around the country.

If you are holding your own Made With Love event, please send your event date and any pictures taken to April Sorensen at april@warmupamerica.org. Visit the Warm Up America! website for more information about holding your own event, including how to get started and ways to alert the local media. 

For more information, please contact April Sorensen at 972-325-7232 or april@warmupamerica.org. To request an interview, contact Sarah Guenther-Moore at 972-325-7232 or sarahg@craftyarncouncil.com. More details about Warm Up America! can be found at warmupamerica.org.


Started in a small Wisconsin town with neighbors knitting and crocheting afghans for neighbors in need, Warm Up America! is a charity that has warmed people's lives since 1991. Founder Evie Rosen came up with the idea of having volunteers knit or crochet small sections and then others join them together to make a full afghan, which quickly caught on. Thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country, today Warm Up America! distributes warm blankets, hats and other items to tens of thousands of people in need.