Hi, I am trying to get a group going in my area ...any thoughts on this?
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Pam, I have seen you posting before....I have a little story to tell you...my daughter was just here, doing some christmas decorating and cleaning...she found the drawer where I keep ALL the squares people make for me...she said...Mom, what are these...I told her they needed to go to Africa...she said then where are your bags and the address, and I will bring them to the PO....my other daughter came up with 20 bucks, and I gave 20.00 and Shelly was getting them to the PO...you are so right,,,the postage is what really runs you up...50 or 60 ladies knitting...you are going to have to find a way to make some money for postage...I really think if they knew how much you were paying they would pitch in a little bit...
Yes, I hear it can be very costly to send the squares. What is an average cost, and what would be the minimum of squares you would send? I nee to find all this out. Thks!
There is no minimum required for sending squares; some people send one or two at a time in an envelope; Sandy has encouraged us to send what we can without bankrupting ourselves =). I send a giant box because it is more cost effective that way. The Post Office flat rate boxes are NOT the best way to send things; those boxes are good for heavy things, not so much for big, fluffy things. My boxes end up costing about $1 per square, on average. So, I know that if I have a box with 60 squares it's going to cost ABOUT $60.
This year an organization in Florida volunteered to send our squares to South Africa for us (unfortunately, that ended in August), and they said that they had done a lot of research on postal costs from the different companies (UPS, FedEx, etc...) and that the post office, as expensive as it is, really was the cheapest way.
Wow...it is expensive so I can see why you would want to incorporate some kind of kiddy fund when gathering with a group. This would definitely cut down the cost. Do the women over in Africa put all the squares together and do they knit them also? I have plenty of spare knitting needles!
They do welcome needles as well as yarn if you want to send some along with your squares. I normally try and put 1 ball of yarn in with each package I send.