An update on finances for December. That little blue line has just eked its way above the red.
A note from Ronda:
"We are spending so much more each month than we were a year ago … and this year the Surrey Bizhub owners have raised the rental as of the invoice received in December !
That is a new thing for us.
Nothing we can do … the KASbarn space continues to be ideal, utilised and appreciated despite some aspects which are not “ideal.”
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT KNIT-A-SQUARE
Where is KAS based?
KAS is a worldwide organization, with members in dozens of different countries. We are incorporated in South Africa, where the assembly and distribution of squares are managed. The KAS Board and Moderation team are made up of KAS members and supporters from across the globe.
Where does KAS help?
KAS blankets, hats, hand-warmers and toys are currently distributed in South Africa, particularly around the Soweto and Johannesburg area. Obviously, we'd love to be able to help even more areas, and may do in time, but for now it's important to focus on areas where we are already able to make a significant difference.
How can I support KAS financially?
More than just about anything else, KAS needs funding. The money we are able to raise makes it possible to cover expenses in South Africa, things like postal duty, fuel for the van to pick up packages and get to blanket distributions.
You can make a financial donation by going to our Donation page. If you are able to make a recurring donation, (for example, once a month for a certain period of months,) then that helps us with planning our budget. Of course, if you're not sure if you can make that kind of ongoing commitment, we also welcome one time donations.
There is also a KAS Shop where you can purchase items which directly support the children and Knit-a-Square.
What non-yarn-related items does KAS need?
Plastic yarn needles for sewing up and crochet hooks: size 4.00 mm. The Gogos use the hooks to crochet around the finished blankets to create a sturdy edge.
What can I do to spread the word?
Spreading the word is also of vital importance to KAS. We are a grass-roots movement, and our success depends on getting more members - both crafters and non-crafters! We have Promotional Materials you can use. Share the news at knitting circles, yarn shops, online forums, anywhere crafters might be. KAS is also a great fit for retirement villages and homes, where many of our most talented crafty members reside. If you're involved with a retiree community, why not let them know about KAS?
How can my school or youth club get involved?
Knitting is a great skill for kids to learn, and at the same time they will be participating in a world-wide community helping their South African 'cousins'. Many teachers have started knitting or crochet groups in their schools.
How can my company or organization get involved?
If you are part of an organization which would like to partner with KAS, we'd love to hear from you! Offering your services as a drop-point for squares and then sending those squares off on behalf of knitters and crocheters is a great way for businesses to engage with the local community. Other options include having a square-knitting competition internally, or sponsoring a South African crèche distribution financially. If you'd like to talk to someone about possibilities for corporate involvement in KAS, let one of the moderators or administrators on the forum know and we'll put you in contact with the right people.
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THAT WARM FUZZY FEELING
The new year started off on a strong note with everyone feeling well rested. Lindi, who had missed several weeks of opening days at the end of last year on account of DVT, was back among us, looking cheerful with her leg raised on a poof. Mabel and Athele sent apologies as they are still on holiday with family, but otherwise we were a full compliment.
As anticipated, there had been a lot of post coming in over the festive season. Ronda had been concerned about it overwhelming the post office while she was away but the postmaster had reassured her that they would cope. She didn't have to arrange a collection between Christmas and new Year, therefore, and could just pick up everything on Monday. What a wonderful sight to see all those boxes and parcels awaiting us! it's always such tangible proof of our members' love and support.
[CONTINUE READING] about our volunteers' first day back to the KASbarn ... plus something big they have planned for April 2019 ...
Glo, thanks for all this terrific information. Especially on ways to support KAS.
A great edition of the Snips!!
Yes, Amy, it's great to know there are so many ways to support KAS ... all of them important. Thanks ... xo
Glo thanks for this comprehensive account on what KAS is up to, so many wonderful projects we can all get involved in. Thanks for reminding us what we can achieve before and during April.
You're right, Jude ... together we can do it! xo
Thanks Glo for this very informative Snips, it is amazing how much is going on in KAS!
Thank you Glo, for a fun and VIBRANT Snips to start off 2019!! You missed your calling in life as a newspaper editor...unless, of of course, there's something you're not telling us. :))
Thank you also, to everyone who contributed stories and info to make this such an interesting read.
2019 is going to be a great year for KAS...I can feel it!!
p.s Love, love, LOVE the puppy with the lippy...just couldn't get the smile off my face.
Bev, you really are too kind. Thank you ;)
Indeed, we have some great people contributing pieces for our newsletter. A huge thanks to all if them!
I share your feelings about KAS in the year ahead. We're a fabulous team of crafters focused on the same goal. Together we can do it!
Isn't that puppy just the cutest ... LOL Thanks goes to Chris ... xo
KAS really is an amazing hive of activity, Chris. Isn't it great to be a part of it :) ... xo
My favourite 'KAS day' each month is the day Snippets appears online. Another stellar issue, Glo - thank you. I love seeing those blue lines stretching above the red ones in the financial graph - hope this will be a trend in 2019.
I agree, Anne. I, too, hope this trend continues throughout 2019 ... xo
Thank you Gloria ... another delightful KASsnippets read. It always slightly surprises me to read about all that is going on at KAS SA, like looking through a window and seeing the KASbarn activities from another perspective ! Thanks for that ... you are so kind and supportive and enthusiastic and that encourages us all enormously. This is a special community, just think about it ... spread from one end of the world to another, and all about loving and helping the children of SA. Amazing and beautiful !!!! Thank you all SO much for keeping us going the way you do - on every level. We love you guys !!!!
Thank you, Ronda, for your supportive comment :) You and I are looking at KAS from two different ends, so to speak, but joined by a sincere desire to help the children. We love you guys, too ... xo