knitnana: Cloths for Crisis

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Cloths for Crisis

A few months ago, the nation was stunned by the power and destruction of a Hurricane called Katrina. The Yahoo Groups knitting community began what now can only be described as a herculean effort to knit facecloths to distribute to the survivors of that hurricane and the others that followed in the Season of 2005.

I am awed by the dedication of the members of the Cloths for Katrina group. That so few people could create so many simple cloths is humbling. I know in my heart they were greatly appreciated.

But it's 2006. While things in the Gulf are not back to normal by any stretch of the imagination, the desperate, immediate need has passed. It was getting harder and harder for the owners of the KAL to find shelters to send cloths to, as the victims of the storm relocated or returned to their lives and the shelters closed. And so the owners of Cloths for Katrina decided it was time to poll the group and decide upon the future for it.

That poll has ended. The results of it indicated that the members wanted to continue to make cloths, to provide at some level, either local or national, the same sort of assistance. So a new group has been formed. Cloths for Katrina will cease to exist as of Friday, February 17, 2006. No new members are being accepted at this time.

Please, if you are a member of Cloths for Katrina, make sure you click on the following link or the button over there, and join us in our continued effort to make Cloths For Crisis. If you were not a member of Cloths for Katrina, but would like to join us now, please click on that button over there, and pick up your needles to make cloths! You may distribute them in your local community or at the links available for continued hurricane relief efforts in the Gulf, or you may take a breather and join us when the next hurricane hits (as unfortunately, we all know it will...). If the last is your choice, please consider spending a few moments each month creating a small stash (or large one!) of cloths that you will have available at a moment's notice? So we don't have the lag time to get up and running when the next major crisis hits?

Thank you all, and my very warmest (((hugs)))!

3 Comments:

Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

That is so great that you guys can do so much!

Keep up the great work!! :)

Amanda

9:34 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

This is an excellent summation of what has transpired and where the group decided to go... proud of you for your great writing. I am still making cloths erratically, but may be hanging on to them for awhile before deciding if they are for sale, for charity or what.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Teyla said...

Nana The efforts of hundreds of knitters who came together for one common goal of providing something homemade to show people we care. Was a great experience. Cloths for Crisis will reach even more. What an inspiration it gives us all.

2:56 AM  

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