Monday, October 15, 2007

Booties for Babies

As many of you know, last year I put out a request for woolies for the children of the orphanage in Ghor, Afghanistan. The response was so generous, so overwhelming. I ended up sending NINE big boxes of scarves, mittens, hats and gloves, underwear, soap and personal products to Frida – see Frida’s Notebook.

Last week, I started thinking about the kids again as I was looking at Frida’s Portraits of Afghanistan site and noticed the bare feet of many of the little ones. Granted, they were inside and it’s just starting to get cold, but that little inner voice started whispering to me again. No sooner did I have the thought than I was sending off an email to Frida (again) this time about the need for baby booties and her response was a definite “yes”.

Frida will be confirming an APO address with a U.S. soldier who will receive the booties and hand them off to Frida. The soldier is also in Ghor so there will not be any time delay in getting the booties delivered to her.

Unlike last year, I think the mailing can be done directly to the APO address. A medium size padded envelope will hold a lot of little booties. The expense will not be substantial since it is going to an APO and deliveries will go out more quickly.

So this is a call to all you knitters and crocheters out there who could whip out a few 100% wool and/or washable wool booties. We are asking for wool because they provide the warmth that acrylics just won’t provide.

Also, like last year, I would like to keep track of who is participating so I can send you a thank you and let Frida know. If you would drop me a line and let me know if you plan to participate and then let me know when you are ready to mail out the booties, I will send you the address. I would really appreciate it. I will post when I have the address as soon as I hear back from Frida.

My thanks to all and my wishes for a huge success as was had last year.

11 comments:

Janet said...

You can count me in for some crocheted booties. I'll let you know when I have them ready.

cd&m said...

I'm so sorry I don't knit or crochet this is such a lovely thing to do.

trailbee said...

Great idea, Anne.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

aawww this is very sweet. I don't knit but I know people who do. If you have a etsy account; you might post a request for free booties. the post costs you twenty cents and runs for three months. If I can think of another way of getting the word out I will let you know

turquoise cro said...

AwwWWWW! Shucks! I don't knit or crochet either! but I'll be on the look-out for some! Bless your heart Annie! GOOD LUCK!!! (((Annie)))

tongue in cheek said...

Annie

I asked our local charity group if they would be willing to take part in this effort. Hopefully they will say yes!

nonizamboni said...

Annie, I'd like to help. I haven't made anything so tiny but I'll give it my best shot. Thanks for sharing!

lila said...

I'll check mom's stash for wool, and the internet for a bootie pattern! I seem to have time for knitting now!

Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

I don't knit or crochet but if I can find wooly booties I will certain send some! You are so wonderful for doing this again.
XOXO

Britt-Arnhild said...

These knitted socks look great.
Good luck with the project.

susanna said...

That's an awesome idea! I don't knit so is there another way I can chip in?