My sister and cousin Jen are heading to Peru as chaperone’s for a field trip this coming February. Their destination is Chincero. Here are some photos from my cousin’s last trip down, and as you can see the children are beautiful and happy but could use some new clothing and school supplies. I know this is short notice, but any used clothing or supplies you can possibly donate would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a message (request) from my cousin.
I would like to request if you have any children’s clothing (including jackets, sweaters, etc.) that you would like to donate, I am encouraging the girls to carry an extra duffle bag with them so we can bring lots of stuff with us when we visit the school in the village of Chinchero. Peruvian children are smaller than American children so if you have clothing for ages 2 – 10, both summer and winter, they would greatly be appreciated. I have attached several photographs of the school we will visit, and as you can see, they are happy children but desperately in need of clothes. The children also need school supplies (pencils, notebooks, children’s books (in Spanish), magic markers, colored pencils, drawing paper, paint brushes, paints (watercolors), etc.) so if you have any items like that, and would like to send as well, that would be great!
My sister has offered to donate yarn to anyone who is willing and can knit a quickie child’s sweater and get it to her by February 15th. You can either contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or my sister Cindy at email@example.com and we will make arrangements to get you some yarn, pick up your donations, etc.
To get the ball rolling on this we will have a couple of contests. I’m not sure what the exact prizes are yet, but here is what we are thinking.
Hand dyed and/or hand spun yarns
Roving (dyed or undyed)
A Weaving Lesson on the Ashford Knitter’s Loom (must live near Lowell, MA or come to Lowell to win this prize)
A hand woven scarf from my sister the master weaver.
I will be working on the parameters of the contest and the prizes and will post about it soon (probably later today)
To be eligible you must have everything to us no later than February 15th, 2008. Winners will be announced the first week in March 2008. Also please be considerate of the weight allowances – think light weight, for example – colored pencils vs a ream of paper. All of this has to be carried down by the students and chaperones.
First Choice from the Prize Pool goes to the person who knits the most sweaters.
Second Choice goes to to person who donates the most school supplies
Third Choice goes to the first sweater completed and delivered
And a fourth prize winner will be a Random Drawing from everyone else who participated and got their donations in before Feb. 15th. (Sock Yarn)