lately i have been thinking and feeling and wanting to be more involved in service activities for humanitarian aid. this desire peaked last saturday when i participated in a humanitarian service conference for women in my area. it was amazing what we accomplished in one afternoon, and i was inspired to try and continue to work. luckily, i belong to a church that is committed to world wide service, and relieving suffering wherever possible. because of this, it is super easy and organized for anyone who wants to help to find a way to help. and i want to help. there are projects and programs going on in every developing country of the world: we are working on immunizing, teaching health care and gardening, providing wheelchairs to previously immobile individuals, vision help, disaster relief, and especially, clothing and feeding the world's poor. i am particularly moved to action when i hear stories and see the pictures of babies being born into such poverty as to be brought home from the hospital wrapped in a newspaper. when i think of that and look at the amount of fabric i have, it makes me ill. my goodness, let's get these babies some blankets!
i decided that every year for my birthday i will try and make a few mothers have a better birth-day for their newborns. i live near the lds humanitarian center where all goods and donations are organized, boxed, and dispatched out to the world. the church pairs with philanthropic organizations to meet specific needs. a constant need for orphanages and hospitals in developing countries is newborn kits: a layette gown, booties, cotton diapers and pins, a receiving blanket and ivory soap. quilts are also always needed. i can certainly spare some quilting time if it means a cold and lonely child somewhere will be wrapped up cozy! can you? i would like to deliver one newborn kit and one quilt for each year of my life, every year, and i need your help. so this year, my goal is 31 newborn kits and 31 quilts. next year 32, and so on (the hope being that each year i'll be more organized and have more help...) and i'd love to blow the goal numbers away.
because the service missionaries and humanitarian workers have seen the exact needs and don't like to waste materials or efforts, the accepted donation requirements are very specific. they are very clear that quality is more important than quantity, we want these goods to be new and be items that will last. receiving blankets must be serged and quilts tied with high loft batting. i am willing to do all the sewing work, as well as packaging all the kits. if you want to help, i am looking for donations of soap, flannel fabric, flatfold cotton diapers, batting, booties, well... everything!
if you'd like to get involved please please email me and tell me what you were thinking you'd like to donate, and i'll give you instructions how to get it to me and try to balance out the items. if you are local, i will be having a quilting and packaging day when i've gathered all the supplies i need- email me if you'd like to come assist with that as well. and finally, if you'd really really like to help, link this post on your blog and invite others who might not see this to help, too.
i just imagine myself being a new mother, bringing home my baby in a newspaper, having nothing to diaper or swaddle her in and i get tears in my eyes. then i imagine being able to wash and wrap my baby and cradle her close and keep her warm and it makes me really want to do something, even if it's a small, humble effort. please help me if you can. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.