Here are the basics from Ann's letter:
"We have just been presented with a new opportunity to send several boxes of wool hats, socks, and mittens (for 5-12 years) to Afghanistan in January -- for use by girls and boys THIS WINTER.
Beginning January, we welcome wool socks (knit only/no slippers), mittens, and hats for 5-12 years based on these same guidelines --
Our gifts will be distributed *this winter* in the Ghazni region to students in the educational programs supported by Afghan Friends Network (AFN), a small humanitarian organization that started here in San Francisco by Afghan-American Humaira Ghilzai and the Honorable Carol Ruth Silver. We have known Humaira and Carol Ruth and the work of AFN for many years. You can read more about the organization here -- http://afghanfriends.net/
This is very unusual that we have a chance to warm kids in Ghazni. The area is harder to reach and has more security problems, which limits transit and access. We hope you will join us in this short timeframe.
We will ship out a few boxes of whatever we now have on hand in the AFSC Basement during the first week of January. Thereafter, we will send a few more boxes toward late January. Two small deliveries of a few boxes each. We cannot wait longer because these items need to get
to the kids for use during the last few months of this winter."
It is so exciting to be able to get things there so quickly, and to be able to send things to kids we haven't been able to help before.
As is my custom, I've started knitting mittens "just in case" -- now I have to finish them. I am so glad they will be able to get to Afghanistan for use this winter.