KNIT OR CROCHET

I would love you and your friends and knitting circles to make warm blankets and clothes to send out the Middle East where there are heavy snows and bitter winters.  

Thousands of displaced people and refugees die in camps and informal settlements during winter simply because there isn't enough humanitarian aid to keep them warm  This is an ongoing appeal, and your contributions will be saving lives this winter.  Items include:

  • Hospital blankets: made from cotton blends (not woollen yarns or double knit).  These blankets must be suitable for use in hot Middle Eastern Summers.
  • Blankets for adults, new mothers and the elderly (these can be wool)
  • Baby clothes including hats/bonnets, mittens, socks, cardigans
  • Children's clothes including jumpers, cardigans, mittens, scarves, hats, socks
  • Adult clothes including hats, scarves, jumpers, cardigans, shawls, socks

I ask people to make clothing items or blankets that people here would use or give as gifts and which are universal as opposed to items like "fish and chip vests" that we wouldn't choose to dress our own babies in if we were given the choice.

Strong colours are recommended over pastels and whites as it is difficult for many displaced people to wash their clothes.

It would also be really helpful if you could label each garment with a size.

Labelled with double sided messages which read "handmade for you with love" in Arabic and Kurdish

To add an even more personal touch, some of our knitters have been attaching beautiful labels in Arabic which say "handmade for you with love".  You can download and print these LABELS HERE, and they work specially well when stuck on pretty paper and laminated.

Please download and print this poster: Knitting Appeal

If you are part of a knitting or crochet group and would like to be added to our list of knitters please send your details via the form below.

DELIVERY INFORMATION

Small packages of hand knitted items can be sent via a courier such as Hermes, or with Royal Mail  for delivery Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5pm only at the following address:

SAMARA’S AID APPEAL, c/o Link to Hope, Links House, Park Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2AN

Alternatively, they could be delivered in person in Brighton (contact Maït, mait.foulkes@gmail.com).

Or if we have a live clothes appeal, please check www.samarasaidappeal.org/clothes for a list of local collectors.  If we have a local clothes collector registered in your area, you can get in touch with them to ask if they are happy for you to deliver your knitted items, and please offer to contribute to their transport costs. Please bear in mind that if you have a large amount, this may be too much for some collectors to deal with and you may need to deliver directly to one of our storage hubs on specific dates.

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