Today's post is a more serious one that my usual. March 6-12, 2011 has been designated as the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. Here is the mission statement from the website:
"The National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is the coming together of all people of faith to unite with purpose, compassion and hope. Through the power of God’s love we will educate every American about HIV prevention facts; encourage and support HIV testing; advocate for the availability of compassionate care and treatment for all those living with the disease in every community in America; and love unconditionally all persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS."
As I've mentioned here before, the charity that I support most through my crafting is Knit-a-Square in South Africa. This wonderful organization gives blankets, hats, sweaters, and hope to orphaned children, most of whom have lost their parents to AIDS. The need is staggering--it is estimated that there are 14.8 millions orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, including 1.9 million in South Africa where Knit-a-Square operates. It's so simple to help--just knit or crochet 8" blanket squares and send them to Knit-a-Square. The squares are sorted and bundled, then sewn into blankets to be distributed to orphanages. At times they also request hats, sweaters, and even "cuddles", little sleep sacks to keep babies warm and cozy.
Please consider using your talents to help these children who have so little and need so much! You can find all the information you need on the Knit-a-Square website, and I'm happy to answer any questions as well.
I thank you, and so do these children!