I am teaming up with Days at Dunrovin (a ranch in Montana) to create stuffed calico horses to be delivered to foster children and adults in care centers in time for Valentine’s Day! I am looking for VOLUNTEERS to help create the herd.

At this time of isolation, there is a need for so many people from all walks of life. Visitation and outside comforts are temporarily halted for an undetermined amount of time. Men, women and children of all cultures, are hurting — your simple act of kindness may help brighten their world.


This is a POST HOLIDAY project and will take a weekend of your time at the most, and much less for experienced craftspeople. The instructions are written for ALL levels. Look for my FREE downloadable pattern that will be available in December on our websites. Volunteers will be able to follow along as I present detailed instructions using blogs and live videos that will be recorded for you to watch at your leisure.

The horse is approximately 13” from head to tail and stands 9” high. The pattern will have easy step-by-step instructions with full color images.

Trimming mane


Each horse will have a patch on it that will identify the person who made it. This lets the recipient know where the act of kindness came from. Once your calico horse is complete, you will send a photo of it to be shared on our websites and social media. Next, an address will be sent to you of where to ship it in the US. International volunteers are welcome to use my free pattern and deliver to people in need in their own countries. Volunteers will provide their talents, materials and postage.

This is a massive humanitarian project and I do not have any assistants. Please DO NOT email me with questions, please post them in the comment section of the blogs. This will help others as well.

Look for my upcoming blogs and join this humanitarian effort to bring a hug using the healing energy of the horse.

A Herd For Hugs will touch many lives across the globe and quoting Mahatma Gandhi, together we will
“Be the change we wish to see in the world.”

Please join the team of volunteers today!

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