Stitchers of Love and the “Lily” Project: Love in the Language of Yarn
By Pepi Nelson
Posted September 23, 2013
Christ Church Stitches for the Children of Syria
The escalating violence in Syria is having catastrophic consequences on the country’s children and families. Within Syria, 3.1 million children are at risk and the situation within the country is rapidly deteriorating as the war crushes Syria’s infrastructure. The refugee camps in the countries bordering Syria are overflowing and there are now more than one million child refugees. The fear is that these children will not survive in the cold tent camps in neighboring Turkey.
“Lily” was created by one person, trying to make a difference. Dianne Jones, a British citizen living in Turkey, has used social media to encourage knitters and crocheters from all over the world to create simple 8” squares. Through the support of businesses and individuals in Turkey, these squares are becoming warm blankets for children. There are no paid employees. Blankets are being created by volunteers, who are also raising the funds to transport the blankets to the Turkish border for distribution to the children.
Christ Church stitchers have been knitting and crocheting squares for several weeks. We will mail our contribution to Dianne in Turkey during the first week of October, as the cold weather will soon be upon the children.
Please consider assisting with the postage to mail the squares. Any small donation will help us, and any extra money will be slipped into the package to help transport the finished blankets to the children in the tents. Donations and completed squares should be dropped off at the church office by Sunday, October 6th, 2013. If you have questions, contact Pepi Nelson at 229-563-3414 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.