Now, knitting needles may not seem like the most obvious weapons of choice for fighting racism, but Letourneau has found a novel way to make it work. In late November 2015, she started a Facebook group called “25,000 tuques,” with the goal of getting people to knit 25,000 hats for Canada’s newest arrivals: Syrian refugees.
“We knit against fear and against racism,” Letourneau told AJ+. “It just gives a way for normal people to express that they’re not against people coming in when there’s a war, an emergency.”
The group now has more than 11,000 members. And, while it was initially created as a Quebec initiative, smaller groups advocating for the same goal have since sprung up all over Canada.
“It’s a symbol,” say the Red Cross workers charged with handing them out, “of the best of this nation.”
Want in on this beautiful idea? Make a donation at one of the #25000tuques drop-off locations across Canada.