last year on my birthday i decided to celebrate with a service project- it was so fun + successful, and i received so much help and support from all of you- i decided to make it a yearly tradition.
for each year i rack up in age, i want to organize a drive to help impoverished mothers-to-be with their "birth-days". this year i turned 32, and so i'd like to put together 32 newborn kits to distribute to mothers and newborns in need.
my church has a super-organized world-wide humanitarian effort, and the service missionaries who work in that area have given lists of supplies that are the most beneficial to third-world families with babies.
in places where women are bringing home their babies wrapped in newspapers, without hygenic means of changing and washing them (please, just imagine yourself in that situation for a moment), there are some basic items that really help:
i need donations of the following items to equal these amounts:
to make the blanket:
receiving blanket guidelines:
to make the blanket:
email me with what and how much from the list of needs you'd like to donate. i will give you my address to send it to. then i will fill in the holes, assemble the kits, and get them sent off.
i really would like the receiving blankets made first and then sent to me- i have enough just fabric to make more here. also! you knitters and crocheters, i need your help with booties. any basic newborn pattern will work.
after you email me be patient, it will take me a few days to organize what has been donated and to confirm with everyone. i will post updated totals of what we need. please email: email@example.com
side note: i was thinking this year about changing the project to something that would go to help the relief efforts in haiti. i really really love haitian people. i was once a missionary for 18 months in poor east coast inner cities, and worked with mostly immigrants from haiti. i have really been praying what i could possibly do that would do anything to help these people i love- but the more i researched, the more i found, that really the best way to help the haitian effort is with money. from a msnbc article: "when people give $1, it translates into $7 in the field," he said. "if they spend $5 for bottled water, that’s nice and it makes them feel good, but probably it costs us more than $5 to send it. if they give us $5, we can get $35 worth of water."
so if you are inclined to give financially, rather than making/ shopping for something for the newborn kits, i would encourage you to donate the money toward the haitian efforts by texting "haiti" to 90999, which will charge $10 to your phone bill and be given to the relief funds, or online through the lds humanitarian emergency response fund here. you can see what they are using the donations for here.
thank you so much! and again, my email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org