Help for Haiti

Our hearts go out to Haiti and in this time of their immediate need I urge everyone to make a monetary donation if you can to the American Red Cross, Hope for Haiti Now, Doctors Without Borders or StillerStrong. As knitters and crocheters, I know that many of us have been wanting to make donations to send. At this moment they are in dire need of monetary donations to meet their most basic and immediate needs: water, food, tents, etc.

I am, however, encouraging every knitter and crocheter who sees this post to join the Ravelry group “Global Knit” and help by creating kitchen/bath kits which will be sent to Haiti for help with sanitary/hygiene needs.  If you are not a member of Ravelry please join ~ it’s free to do so. 

To find the group, please go to Ravelry.com and click on the “groups” tab at the top. In the search box, type in “Global Knit”. 

I have been in touch with Global Knit’s creator, Heather (Ravelry ID: DizzySpinster) and she has given me permission to direct you all to her group and join in this effort.  Here is the information from Global Knit:

Haiti – Relief for Earthquake Survivors

Please join us in helping the survivors of those affected by the devastating earthquake that hit the small island nation of Haiti on January 12.

We are working with Food for the Poor which accepts in-kind gifts to help those affected by eathquake in Haiti. We discussed multiple possibilities – some of which may be needed down the road – and have been asked to provide that which Haitians will need after rescue and recovery efforts are complete.

Right now, they need food, water, medical supplies and cash. A month from now, they’ll need what we can provide.

We have been told that they will need kitchen and bath kits to help them with basic hygiene and sanitation. Simply put: cotton washcloths, towels and soap. If you would like to participate, we ask that you please make and send COMPLETE kits only. Please do NOT send individual washcloths or individual towels to Global Knit. Here’s what you can make:

Kitchen / bath kit

  • 2 – 10”x10” washcloths
  • 2 – 12”x18” towels
  • 1 bar of plain soap in a small Ziploc-like plastic bag (sandwich size is fine)

Please pack it all together in a 1-gallon Ziploc-like plastic bag before mailing to Global Knit at PO Box 69 Hilliard, OH 43026

Yarn – 100% cotton

Sugar N Cream and Peaches N Cream are perfect for this and 3 skeins (maybe 4) should do the trick for one kit. These usually run about $1.50/skein 79g / 2.5 oz. (Be careful – the variegated colors are only 2oz.)

We’re asking for specific sizes, fiber and packaging at the request of the person I spoke to at Food for the Poor. This will help them – and us – maintain consistency with this project. Also – no other items should be added to these packets.

******* Please mail your completed kit directly to Global Knit at the following address:*****
Global Knit
PO Box 69
Hilliard, OH 43026

(Do NOT mail them directly to Food for the Poor. I have to label these a certain way to ensure they go to Haiti. Plus, it’s better to send consolidated shipments rather than lots of individual packages. Thank you!)

Deadline

1st round: Valentine’s Day
2nd round: St. Patrick’s Day

FYI – I have some extra bars of soap hanging around thanks to the water softener company, so include this if you can, but if not, that’s OK. If you happen to have an extra bar or two, throw them in for those who can’t provide it. No need to send a whole case or anything – just an extra one if you happen to have it.*

I hope that we can come together, in the spirit of the knitters and crocheters who have helped others before us, and make all we can.

Let’s knit our bit!

God Bless,

~ Jessica

**Please note that the deadline dates that have been listed are guidelines – Heather has made clear that this will be an ONGOING donation. Please send as many kits as you are able to make.

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