So glad you were able to see these squares wrapped around a child.
I understand they are still having some very chilly nights in South Africa.
Thank you for these precious pictures X
Mandy ventures out to Diesploot on Saturday, October 23.
Here is the first of many reports and photo grouping from this distribution of over 250 blankets and goodies.
It started with a phone call from Sidney on Wednesday, he had 280 children from his organization and a local soup kitchen needing blankets.
Estelle McLeod was as always a superstar to open the barn so we loaded the trailer with all we could manage 300 blankets a Knit a Square record Estelle tells me.
We headed off to Diepsloot with the Merc also fully loaded with beanies, toys and 5 adults to do the distribution. Rick Dallas from Gulf Capital visiting from Dubai came to help us along with Yolande Ainsworth Taylor, Ali McLeod, Natasha Samuriwo.
We were fortunate to have a gated area to park in with the 280 children waiting for us. Fortunate because news travelled fast and before long there was a throng of mothers and children trying to get in and be included in the distribution.
We were able to include a few extras having taken as many blankets as we could carry. In fact we gave out 302 blankets, it was windy and very busy! Despite the children being assured that we had blankets for all 280 they pressed closer and closer, nearly suffocating Yolande!!
The delight on their faces once they left with their spoils was so lovely to see, often they thought they were just getting their photo taken and would try to walk off without the blanket we had photographed them with!
There are so many photographs to post, will do them in batches gradually over the next week or so.
An amazing testament to the wonderful women who make this possible from all over the world, thank you all for you love and generosity that goes into knitting squares for us to give these little children blankets.
Oh I've got goosebumps reading this + enjoying the pictures. It makes my day. Thanks everyone ♥️♥️♥️
It's a two-way thing - we get so much pleasure back from reading reports like this. Thank you to all involved.
More photos from Mandy and this distribution.
The little children in the Diepsloot community who were given blankets, toys and beanies from Knit a Square, they were thrilled to get them, although often a little overwhelmed and only really started smiling once they had been wrapped in their blanket and ushered aside. I think they were a little scared of us as all in masked to keep within the Covid safety rules, so they can’t see us all smiling as we gave them out.
Here is a touching report from Athele on a small distribution she made near her home.
Oh I'm weeping. THIS is why we commit + do what we do. Thank you for showing us ❤️
Living in a small English village, I can't imagine what it feels like to witness such poverty so close to home. Bless you, Athele.