Sunday, December 9, 2007

Give Unto Others



Today’s healthy countdown task is to “set aside materialism for a while by giving back to those less fortunate.”

Over Thanksgiving, my daughter said that instead of gifting to each other or others this year, she and her husband are contributing to their church’s charitable mission work for Christmas. They’ve been saving a portion of their earnings all year for this.

Those two keep me humble.

This inspired me to think what I could do for one of my December giving projects. I chose to knit bandages for people with leprosy. Leprosy patients are treated so abominably—one of those horrors in the world that most people do not want to think about.



Finished bandages are sent to hospitals in Africa and Vietnam. My bandages were mailed off this week (I bet you thought I’ve not been crafting anything lately). I have decided to make this one of my January 2008 projects, too.

If you are interested in helping, there are many ways you can participate. See my resource links below. Or, you can join me in a knit-along project (you can also crochet them).

Junie Moon’s Bandage Brigade



I’ve decided to host a bandage knit-along for January 2008 and invite you to join me. You don’t even have to do anything until after the holidays.

Bandages are inexpensive and super easy to knit, even for a lame knitter like me—but my heart is in each stitch. Making even one bandage will help someone who is suffering and is something you can do in one evening while watching a movie.

Sign Up

Just email me with your name and blog URL (my email link is in the right-hand column) and whether you need the knitting or crochet instructions. I’ll post a list of participants and link to your blog (you aren’t required to have a blog though).

Pattern

I will email you my mailing address along with the simple pattern and preparation instructions when you sign up.

Deadline

Bandages should be at my house by January 25 so I can package and ship them.

Resources

~ Loves Many Cloths

~ Ravelry

~ Touching Others With Leprosy blog

19 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Count me in June. I sent you an email :-) I think this is a great idea and I am always feeling bad that I don't do more for others.

Jan said...

June-This post is a wonderful reminder of how simple, yet great, the needs of others around the world are. I can't knit, but will try to crochet one for you.

Robyn said...

June! truly a wonderful person with a hugh heart of gold. I don't knit of crochet. But I can send you some yarn or plactic bags or whatever you need to help send a box or two to Vietnam/Africa! Please email me and let me know! I would love to help!

Saucy said...

I will try the bandages - I haven't knit a stitch since my brownie days! I'd love to try it after the holidays, I'll just need some help "casting off" I think!

I'll send you a photo of our fun visit on email when I get home to my email account!

Yummers! said...

Count me in too June. I'm not a fast knitter, so the sooner I can get started the better. That's a wonderful idea!

Thanks for hosting this group!
Hugs to you,
Joni

Mrs. Staggs said...

Hi June,
I can't knit and crochet only a tiny bit, but I'd be happy to help out in other ways. I'll mention this on my blog one day soon too.

African Kelli said...

june! I just love this. I've worked with leprosy patients in mozambique and it is a horrifying disease. You are wonderful!
Please count me in!!

Gumbo Lily said...

Junie,
I'd love to help. I neither knit nor crochet, but I would love to help in some other way. Please tell me how best I can help you and I will also spread the word on my blog.

You're the BEST!
~Jody

see you there! said...

Mrs. Staggs sent me over. I'm looking forward to starting this project in the New Year. Off to send you the necessary info.

Darla

Beth Leintz said...

Junie- Mrs Staggs sent me your way. I love to knit and would be so happy to help out your cause. I

a pink-bee said...

What a loving and kind knitting project that will help others:)
crystalxo

Diana said...

I'll join in. I'll mention it on my blog too.

Mary said...

Count me in!

Inspired Tokens said...

Oh Junie Moon - Count me in. I send you my email. What a wonderful idea!

meg said...

I'm another wanderer by way of Mrs Stagg's & would love to help out, especially since Christmas knitting is "nearly" done :-)Thanks for passing on the opportunity.

homespun living said...

I just heard about this at Jody's site, and I would like to help; I will send you an e-mail.
You're a good person Junie!

Popsicles & Lollipops said...

How truly thoughful & kind of you and all the others who are participating. I've always wanted to learn to knit and have tried my hand at it a couple of times with very, very limited success. Perhaps a cause like this would be the perfect impetus to get me up to speed on my knitting. I'll be looking to join in down the road. Like others here, please let me know if I can be of any other help until i am more proficient at knitting.

Rosa said...

You are a dear. Thank you very much for the moon necklace. It was totally unnecessary but I do love it. Bless you.

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