The internet is abuzz with news of Haiti and how we can each assist as we are able. Over at Ravelry there are patterns tagged for Haiti Help – parts of the proceeds will be given to Doctors Without Borders. So…if you were going to be buying a pattern soon, and you do it before Jan. 31st you’ll also be helping DwB/MSF
Yesterday the children at the Daycare asked to work on helping the ‘sad people’. They decided that they would make crafts and have a craft sale. Pretty sweet of them and whoever buys the wallpaper and construction paper hats, the faux fur cuffs, the pom-pom people they’ve made so far.
Two of the little girls have had everyone write their names on paper so that the ‘people in Haiti know who loves them’.
They are donating their empty juice boxes and bottles from home and offering to ‘just bring some money’. We’re sending the money they raise to MSF. They aren’t affiliated with any religions/churches and very little, if any, of the monies are used for administrative purposes.
I thought it might be a good time to remind people of the government initiative that all of us be ready for a disaster – they reccommend being self sufficient for up to 72 hours. This is really important for us on the West Coast since we live directly on a major faultline — eek!
A daunting and potentially stressful task, contemplating the worst but it could make a real difference for you and your loved ones.
In November a friend who teaches Earthquake Preparedness for teens and families helped me complete my readiness kit.
Yes – that’s my Emergency Knitting kit – it’s clipped to my pack ($10 2nd hand, pretty awesome find). It holds 2 complete projects with instructions, needles, tape measure, beads, darning needle and scissors. I have one complicated project from the 7 Deadly Spins club and one plain vanilla sock project.
This pack, that I was relieved to learn I can put on and carry unassisted, has food, medicine and water for 1 week, plus the tools to build a temporary shelter.
My friend told me about an awesome cooker and I highly recommend it. It is lightweight — like a feather! — and lasts for hours.
Naturally I have a leash, food, treats and a sweater for Kira in my pack too. 😀 She’s my baby!
Altogether assembling my kit cost between $60-$80. If anyone wants I can send you a copy of the supply list I used.