Our 50 cartons of wool blankets, sweaters, vests, mittens, socks, and hats shipped out yesterday. Stephen (Associate Director at AFSC in SF), me, Elizabeth, Val, and Pam had the honor of final labeling, inventorying, seeing the truck loaded ... and holding up this beautifully scripted sign in Dari that says something like "handmade with love for the kids."
Where did I get our banner? On Sunday, I was at a Bay Area conference about rebuilding Afghanistan. (Rene, the moderator of the a4A friends group on Ravelry, kindly joined me at our info table.) We visited with many Afghan-Americans, and Fareed wrote the sign for us. I will email our photo to the CWS staff in Afghanistan, and I think they may share it with the children.
I will inform our whole email list with an item count and total when I get a chance. I also need to read all the notes that came with packages and send back the SASEs. Plus, we will pick new stash drawing winners. I may not get to this for a few days. I have a few things to catch up on. For now, I thought you would enjoy this photo -- at street level -- and knowing that our winter collection for youth has started its journey to Afghanistan.