We partner with local crochet groups to produce "hope bags". These bags may contain naloxone, harm reduction supplies, food stuffs or hygiene products. The patter is simple. The key to the success of these bags is that the draw string should be made with yarn that contains reflective thread. This makes them easy to find in places that don't have electric light readily available. This is especially critical with bags containing naloxone, the medication that reverses opioid overdoses. Seconds matter and these bags can help save a life. They have helped many individuals already.
Here is the pattern:
Finished cloth is 10"x10". Fold over once, "stitch" shut on two sides. Drawstring goes at top. The larger the bag, the more supplies that can fit in. Cotton yarn is good for reusing as a washcloth. Acrylic blend is better for stretchiness.
Row 1: Chain 33. Single crochet back along the chain. (32 stitches total)
Row 2- 36: Chain 1. Single crochet across. (32 stitches in each row).
At the end of row 36, cut your yarn and weave in your ends.
We hope you enjoy the project. If you have questions about where to send the bags or distribute them, please let us know.
We are so glad you asked. There are many options, like Medication Take Back events, Van ministries, Supply Drives, Kit making parties, Hosting nontraditional support groups, holding Overdose Prevention trainings at your local gathering. We are happy to provide additional information and ideas, based on the needs and desired outcomes of your group.
Just reach out to us, via email or phone.
Olive Branch Ministry is part of the National Faith in Harm Reduction Movement. More information can be found here: