Thanks to knitty.com, I recently found out about a grassroots campaign, led by knitters, which will get warm hand-knitted gear to Syrian Refugees who are currently in Germany seeking asylum. Many of these refugees have little more than the clothing they arrived in, and will likely be residing in tents for the months to come. With the coming winter they will need warm winter clothing. And this, knitters, is where we can make a difference.
Here's how it goes:
The Front Line: Andrea (Rav Id Lakshmi07) is a doctor working at a public health clinic just outside of Munich, Germany. She sees dozens of Asylum Seekers on a regular basis and will be able to directly get them warm gear.
Jennifer (Rav ID Hilljs) is in Ontario Canada, and will accepting gear, as will Laura Nelkin in NYC. Laura has posted ALL of the information on her blog and also has a thread dedicated to it in her Ravelry Group.
What are we doing to help?
We here in Portland, Oregon are working to gather up as much as we can to ship to Laura in NYC, who will then send a shipment to Germany on October 20th. And, thanks to Happy Knits (on Hawthorne) we have a centrally located drop-off point.
That means, for us Portlanders, we have to get our stuff to Happy Knits by October 14th.
- Scarves and Cowls
- Children's Sweaters
- Sizes are any and all, but the majority of people are young adult men
- Items should be warm, and should be washable
14 days and counting... WHO'S IN?