Ever wonder what happens with all that mail that arrives in South Africa?  It goes to the KAS Barn where many volunteers SORT everything out to eventually be distributed to local children.

   Please check in here on a regular basis to see photos from all the activity in the KAS Barn during 2019. 

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Vivienne clearing the shelves and helping Ronda pack 10 blankets per bag for our April distribution. We need 950 blankets...we packed our 50th bag today.

Wow!! Isn't that a glorious sight??!

The next few entries are from Ronda and even more activity in the barn on February 5.

This message is from Marion Mackey whose mother has senile dementia but loves knitting squares for KAS.  We in the barn are always so happy to think that knitting blesses someone in her situation.  One very special lady and daughter.

We are almost at the halfway mark with our collection from Tracy Timberlake.

Snapshots from around the barn.

Just look at those empty shelves.

I spy with my little eye some of Jude's felt handiwork.

With all the activity in the barn, Tango just decides to relax...

Ronda writes:

One of my church friends' mother had a clean out prior to moving to a retirement facility.  She was a prolific knitter and we received two large boxes of items from her! Some things had be "languishing" for many years - like this old "weaving set" - price tagged at R1.99.  Surely it was purchases in the 1970's or 1980's...  Viv is going to try and weave something from it and see if we can use it.  There were many balls of wool, and some circular knitting needles.

We are happy to report that KAS received post from some very different countries in January.

Bahrain

We had our first ever posts from Malta and Lithuania.

There were also some packages from Sweden and Japan.  We do not get those very often.

This just goes to show you that KAS is a global operation.

Many thanks to all crafters from all over the world.

Fantastic. It's exciting to think that we can reach still more people.

Other news from the barn....

This week Mabel and Themba loaded up the van with 18 bags of blanket packs and went out to deliver them to three separate gogo groups for stitching up. Please remember that each gogo receives a small payment of 1 USD to sew up a blanket.  This money is usually spent on personal items such as toilet paper and toothbrushes.

We had collected a large sized post so it seems to post office is once more in stride after the break.  Our custom fees for this post was more than R4000.  R14 = 1 USD.

about $285! x 4 for a month would be more than $1000 dollars just in postal fees....

I suppose it would be helpful if we all donate 4 usd after we send a parcel. It is not too much of an additional cost, but would make a difference in KAS.It is a small addition to the postage cost in the domicile country. Maybe add this idea to packaging and postal instructions?

I thought the gogos had been given a raise to 2$. Have they gone back to 1$ now? 

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