Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Package from Home

As many of you know, about half the hats I collect are distributed to lone soldiers in cooperation with a wonderful organization called "A Package from Home". Today, I had the privilege of taking part in the packing of 920 (!!)  packages in Jerusalem. They contained long underwear, socks, toiletries, snacks -- and, of course, a handknit hat. Within 2.5 hours all the packages were packed and soldiers were coming to pick them up in trucks. If you're not a knitter and want to know how you can donate funds or items to A Package from Home, check out their website.

And now for some photos...

the bags of labeled hats arrive in Jeru.

Each table is an assembly line that begins with hats

volunteer packers

more volunteers

some finished packages

soldiers come to collect the packages

Barbara Silverman, founder of A Package from Home

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Here's a short 2.5 minute video about me & the hats:

It's quite strange to see and hear yourself on film but I agreed to do it because I do want this project to be "out there". Yes, I know they didn't spell my name correctly all the way through but other than that, I think it tells the story pretty well. Happy to hear your comments, and feel free to share it with others (please also inform any interested knitters that they can download the official pattern from this page). Thanks!