Friday, September 02, 2005

Stitches from the Heart Part 2

Got another email about the hurricane relief:

Stitches from the Heart in Santa Monica is collecting their usual
items to help babies in the hurricane aftermath area, as well as some
hurricane-specific items, which will be distributed via a church in
the Gulf region:

--NEW clothing for children, babies or anyone -- many people had to
escape in a hurry in their P.J's or just could use a fresh change of
clothes. Please note they are not collecting used or gently used
clothing, just new and unused. Underwear probably is a good idea too,

--Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, travel hairbrush --
especially travel sized or free-from-the-hotel size or stuff from the
dollar store. Personal hygiene items that would help a displaced
person who has NOTHING. Especially soaps, they said. (We'll throw in
a few handknit washcloths!!)

--CASH -- Stitches spends more than $2,000 per month shipping hand
knit baby items to hospitals across the country. This month will
bring a hefty postage bill with the additional shipping, and with
shipping much heavier items (like soap). Even if you can't knit, you
can still help knitters helping others with a tax-deductible cash
donation to Stitches.

--Baby hats - they always need. Lots of babies are still in hospitals
with chilly A/C.

--Baby blankets - they appear to have a slight shortage now.
Hopefully Knitzilla's scrubbie blanket initiative will help a little.

--Baby sweaters - yes, it's like a million degrees in New Orleans,
but Stitches still needs sweaters for babies, newborns and toddlers.
Even if they don't, these sweaters will go to a child who needs one
somewhere in the country.

We will be collecting these items at Knitzilla Monday meetings (and
our special Tuesday-after-Labor-Day bonus meeting) -- but if you
can't make it to those, please send/drop off directly to:

Stitches From the Heart
3306 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310)452-5151

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