Source: poster by Wladyslaw Teodor Benda, 1918, Red Cross Museum
Leprosy patients are treated so abominably and shunned by others—one of those horrors in the world that most people do not want to think about. I discovered a way to help via Linda at Touching Others With Leprosy blog. Last year the Junie Moon Bandage Brigade made 69 bandages. When laid out end-to-end, we created 276 feet of love.
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Bandages are inexpensive and super easy to knit. Making even one bandage will help someone who is suffering and is something you can do while watching a movie.
Finished bandages are hand-delivered to leprosy villages in Vietnam by non-profit, 501(c)(3) veteran organizations such as such as Development of Vietnam Endeavors (D.O.V.E.) and Tours of Peace Vietnam Veterans (TOP). If you do not knit or crochet but want to help in some way, you can go directly to these sites to make a monetary contribution.
Each bandage is a blessing of love for those afflicted with leprosy. Gauze bandages don’t last and can’t be washed. Our knit or crochet bandages can be laundered and re-used by the patients—a “green” effort if you want to look at it that way.
Amanda Cathleen's daughter Corra made this sweet tag to accompany her bandages last year.
Please leave a comment on this post and then email me (link is in right-hand column) with your name, mailing address, and blog or Flickr URL (having an online presence is not required). I’ll post a list of participants and link to your blog—when your bandages are received, I’ll note that next to your name.
You can see the list of 2008's big-hearted participants here.
There are new requirements this year for the size yarn due to climatic issues in Viet Nam. So those of you already knitting away (like me), don’t worry—your bandages are still needed. Click here for the pattern instructions.
Bandages should be at my house by February 14 so I can package and ship them to Linda. Please remember it takes about 4–5 days for mail to arrive in Tucson from the east coast and then I need to mail the aggregate out.
Source: Photo by Dub Scroggin
- Bandage Knit/Crochet Instructions
- “Leprosy Today” at the World Health Organization Organization
- Touching Others With Leprosy blog