Six of our eight grandchildren were at our home for a sleep-over this past weekend, and between movies and treats and brushing their hair and getting everyone ready for bed, it was very hectic....BUT it made me stop and realize how very lucky we are. They are all warm and happy and healthy and have pretty much everything they need to keep them that way.
And I got to thinking of all the children who don't have even the basics..good food, fresh water, miniumum healthcare or even a little toy or doll...so, in that vein...here is my latest idea!
Georgian College's Nursing students do a stint each year in the Dominican Republic as part of their program. They have to pay to get themselves there, pay for the supplies they know they will need there, and this requires a lot of fund-raising and support from friends and family.. In addition, these "Izzy" dolls are always part of the travelling group, as while they travel to the Dominican stuffed in between medical supplies, as soon as they get there, they are free to go out and "play with the kids!"
So, here is what I propose....let's all get together and make Izzy dolls for these kids who have probably never had a toy. Next Thursday, February 24th at The Purple Sock from7-9PM, we will be knitting up Izzy Dolls! I will have lots of small balls of acrylic yarns available for you, the pattern is free, the stuffing is here, and we will have a great time! You will need 3mm needles, so if you have those, bring 'em along, as well as any extra acrylic or novelty yarns that you have.
BUT, if for some reason you cannot come on Thursday, but still want to be involved, here are some other options:
1. I can send you the pattern and you can get started at home.
2. If you are not a knitter, you can donate a Loonie or a Twoonie towards the purchasing of supplies or more stuffing.
3. You can drop off your extra acrylic yarns to make room for more yarn that you will actually use, lol! or stuffing that you are not going to use.
4. You could even pick up the dolls and help embroider the faces if embroidery is your thing.....
So, all in all, this is an exciting project and I wanted to email and tell you about it...please feel free to give me a call or email if you have any questions!
Hopefully, we will see you at 7PM on Thursday, the 24th at The Purple Sock.
p.s. If you would like to see more about this project at Georgian College, go to: