Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,
I made a mistake ... we mostly need wool hats, mittens, and socks for ages 14-21 years.
This is for grades 7-12. (I thought I heard 7-12 years old.)
So sorry, but NOT TO WORRY. NOT TO WORRY. NO WORRIES.
The smaller items will go to siblings of the students in the education programs. Afghan families are large and always have many small children -- without resources in the harsh winter. Warming the younger girls and boys is a good deed, too.
For those who are making adult-sized items, these will work for the bigger teens and young adults.
If you are starting an item, please make sizes for the teens.
The hats arriving far out-number the socks and mittens. If you knit socks and knit or crochet mittens, please do. (The hats take care of themselves -- more people make only hats.)
Thank you very much to everyone jumping on this quickie, mini-campaign for the Afghan Friends Network. Your envelopes have been arriving already. Thank you for taking this to heart and taking action. This is working out darn well on short notice. Great group spirit!
Campaign guidelines are here --
We are shipping out a few boxes this week to Afghanistan. The second batch will go out later in January. Would be best if you can get your item to us by mid-January. We'll have a better sense of the timing later in the week -- and keep you updated via this email list and our website.
Our gifts will be distributed *this winter* in the Ghazni region to students in the educational programs supported by Afghan Friends Network, a small humanitarian organization that started here in San Francisco by Afghan-American Humaira Ghilzai and the Honorable Carol Ruth Silver. This is very unusual that we have a chance to warm
kids in Ghazni. The area is hard to reach and has more security problems, which limit transit and access. You can read more about the organization here --
Thank you for your caring and for participating if you can this month.This is a fairly easy, immediate way to provide some warmth and comfort to suffering people on the other side of the world -- short of having a magic wand. Don't we all wish we had a magic wand or genie lamp sometimes.
Please recruit your fiber friends. Getting the word out is always valuable help -- especially with this short timeframe.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Emergency correction: grades 7-12, not ages 7-12
But, if you are almost finished items for the smaller children, do send those in. Here is the note from Ann (for those who still have not subscribed to the mailing list):