In 2014 one of our members heard about a project from Trust In Education to knit hats and socks for new babies in Afghanistan, which has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. Many of those deaths can be prevented by providing warm wool hats and socks for the babies.
The project spoke to our Outreach Committee, which took it on. The knitting group meets twice a month to knit hats (just hats, not socks currently). All of the hats are made of 100% wool for warmth in the extreme cold.
Between 2014 – 2016, Lynnewood Knitters have produced over 700 wool hats! In September 2017 and 2016, a total of 187 wool hats made by the Lynnewood Knitters were delivered to Trust in Education’s packing parties at the UMC in Lafayette. These hats were transported by the US Military’s Denton Program for distribution to refugees living in camps in Kabul. The humanitarian aid shipments also included donations of warm clothing and bedding, school supplies, computers, educational software, solar cookers, and Rise Against Hunger meals.
When our partner in mission, Katherine Parker, UMC missionary to Nepal, visited us in May 2016, we gave her 75 hats to deliver when she returned to Nepal.
After an urgent call went out for warm wool infant hats in 2015, our knitters made 430, and all were distributed globally to those most in need of their warmth, including newly arrived Syrian refugees in Germany, victims of the earthquakes in Nepal, and refugees displaced by war in Afghanistan. Newborns at Afshar Maternity Hospital in Kabul received 300 beautiful hand knit wool hats donated by Lynnewood’s knitters.
The group meets on the first and third Thursday morning monthly. If you would like to join this group, please contact the Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for dates/times and locations.