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 ...
Thank you for another Snippets, which is so interesting and fun to read. I sent my first parcel of squares and hand warmers off after Christmas and am now working on my next one. I will send some yarn with the squares. We (Bristol, UK) have had quite a covering of snow overnight and this morning, which looks lovely and is tricky to walk in. Knitting is warming though!! My favourite was the giraffe looking in through the plane's window. :-)
Sue, it's alway so heartwarming to receive positive feedback from our wonderful forum members. Thank you so much.
That giraffe struck me funny, too ... haha We can thank our dear Chris Chiplen for most of the quotes and humor here. She keeps me supplied with the best material ... :))) xo
A really great Snippets. Full of information, even for those of us who've been around for a while. There's always something to learn and new info to digest. Thank you Amy.
Every now and then I find 100 plastic yarn needles on E Bay for under $2 Cdn. Found them again today and ordered two packs, so once they arrive here I'll post them in my next parcel to you. Thanks for the reminder! And I love the idea of buying the yarn for the Go-Go's in South Africa as it saves room in my own parcels for more squares and hats. Lovely report, thank you so much!