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January 30, 2015
‘Alex’s Scarves’ Launches Online to Raise Yarn and Fleece Donations to Make Scarves for Winnipeg School-Aged Children

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – Today via the Butterfly project website, “Alex’s Scarves” launched online with the goal of raising yarn and fleece donations to make 60 scarves for children in grades 1 – 3 at a Louis Riel School Division elementary school. 

Alex Arrigo, a grade 12 student at JH Bruns Collegiate, along with 10 – 15 of her fellow classmates, are all volunteering their time to make the scarves and have future plans to provide scarves to children in other schools.  

“My goal is to raise 30 skeins of yarn and 10 metres of fleece by February 6. With Winnipeg’s sometimes brutally cold winters, we want to help elementary school children keep warm.  My friends and I can hand knit so we thought of starting ‘Alex’s Scarves,’” said Arrigo.  Her teacher, Angela Kaisser, says Alex approached her with the idea wanting to make a difference.  “With the help and support of the Butterfly project website, Alex and the other students came up with the idea entirely on their own to help younger children who may not have warm clothes.  These high school students are affecting real change in our community and seeking donations to support their idea.”

Alex is asking for donations of yarns in multiples of two skeins, each with a weight of 6, and fleece, a minimum half metre in length, which will all be used to make customized scarves for boys and girls. Donations can be dropped off at JH Bruns Collegiate (250 Lakewood Boulevard) or Protegra (67 Scurfield Boulevard) between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please visit the Butterfly project website for “Alex’s Scarves” for more information or to donate:

About Butterfly and Protegra:

Butterfly exists to help people change their community. It does this through both building their ideas and connecting them to potential donors and project specialists and coordinators. The ideas are generated by youth with help from people within their community - including organizers, teachers, volunteers, and program directors.  Butterfly is enabled by Protegra, a Manitoba-based software-enabled solutions company that has served public and private sector clients around the world since 1998. 

For more information:

Tracy Bowman, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(Office):  204.272.2387
(Mobile): 204.804.4519


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