A last plea from afghans for Afghans

A last plea from afghans for Afghans

Post by Jenn Vanderslic » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 04:33:54



I know we're all busy and giving to the hurricane victims, but Afghans
for Afghans is making one last request for 5000 handknit and crocheted
wool and wool blend items for children in Afghanistan:

Hello Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

** 5,000 Kids Campaign's Final Stretch! **

Many of you have already contributed beautiful, handmade blankets and wool
garments for our special campaign to clothe 5,000 Afghan girls and boys
this
winter. Thank you very much for being generous and involved.

This is one last appeal as we enter the final stretch before our due
date of September 26.

Last week we did a rough count of the incoming contributions --  we are
half-way toward reaching the 5,000 mark. We thought we would be closer
at this point. It is unlikely that we will make the goal before we have
to pack the container for shipping overseas to Afghanistan.

What we are sending is all lovingly made, warm, and much needed in
Afghanistan. We can all feel good about that. Thank you for making this
happen.

Might we get closer to our 5,000 goal? Possibly. Here are some steps you
can
take today:

1. Knit or crochet a quick child's garment this week. Perhaps a hat or
mittens in a chunky wool yarn. So easy to mail one small item in an
envelope to us.

Our friend elann.com has rallied by putting this free pattern for a
worsted-weight Moriarty Hat on their website to encourage last-minute
knitting for
Afghanistan:
http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=88024
You probably have your own favorite patterns that can be whipped up fast.

2. Ask a friend or a few friends to knit or crochet one wool garment for an
Afghan girl or boy. Tell them that their gift will mean one more warmer
child
this winter. Perhaps give your friend a ball of wool to use. Offer to
gather
the completed items and mail together in a flat-rate USPS Priority
postage box.
Print out our flyer to show them:
http://www.afghansforafghans.org/afghansforAfghansflyer.pdf

3. Spread the word today through your blog, email lists and network, online
communities/bulletin boards, local yarn shop and guilds (their email
lists if
they have one), house of worship, etc. If we each either directly ask
one person
or publicize the opportunity to many using the power of the Internet in
particular  -- we should be able to reach 1,000 *new* volunteers to make
one small
wool garment by September 26.

4. Forward this email message in its entirety to knitters and crocheters.

You probably have your own good ideas for this last-minute push. We are
grateful for your taking the initiative now. Many children in
Afghanistan this
winter will be the beneficiaries of your efforts.

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Our next collection due date won't be until 2006. If you've been thinking
about participating, now is the time.

Blankets and garments received by September 26 will arrive in
Afghanistan in
time for the harsh winter months.

We have about two more weeks to collect more wool hats, socks, mittens,
sweaters, and vests, as well as blankets, for children at orphanages,
children's
centers, and clinics in Herat, Jalalabad, and Kabul.

For program details and mailing addresses, see our Guidelines page --
http://www.afghansforAfghans.org/blanket.html