The Knit-a-square program has inspired volunteers in more than 60 countries to knit and crochet more than 1.5 million blanket squares, hats, hand-warmers and toys. Your efforts are helping to keep the children warm but to keep this operation running every day, we need to extend your love and support.
Your donations are the backbone of financial support for the operations on the ground in South Africa, making it possible for them to continue.
Whether it's helping to pay the rent, a stipend for the gogos to sew blankets, fuel for the KasVan or to cover postal charges of $3.75 US per parcel, you make it possible to keep striving toward warming and comforting the children.
Our goal is to remove the monthly deficit that Ronda and her team have to deal with.
1. Make a donation whenever you are able.
2. Sign up for an ongoing monthly donation (subscription).
3. Shop at the KasShop!
Please follow this discussion for monthly updates, current financial reports and ideas on what we can all do to help.
Rebecca, could you message me a recipe or two? I'll format them into a downloadable PDF, start a new discussion and… BLAM!… a recipe exchange is born!
if anyone would like my mother's scottish tablet recipe....
Mary, the long answer is ... I have never heard of Scottish tablet so I googled it. It looks like fudge. M-m-m-m So ... the short answer is ... YES! I, for one, would love it if you would share your mother's recipe ... xo
Oh wow - tablet is just SOOOO much nicer than fudge.........
I will get my recipes sorted this weekend and get one or two posted on here.
here! from my blog https://fatblackcatjournal.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/daft-days-table... feel free to use it for any kind of KAS recipe book. Its very sweet a small amount goes a long way. I make it at Christmas as its fairly easy to post!
will do its harder than fudge and a tiny amount goes a long way!
When me an my mother pre KAS were sending secondhand books to SA for our friend Jo's school library we held a coffee morning just in our home with friends invited. We sold second hand books, home baking and with teas etc made about £100 each time.
The financials have been updated above for September. Four new sorting tables were purchased and, according to Ronda, it has made the world of difference for everyone to have more space.
The deficit was better this month, just over $400 US. But we still do have an issue with postal fees.
From Ronda: "…one of (the) parcels is languishing at the PO waiting to be cleared of customs tariff of more than R500. There are four parcels waiting at the moment, all of which have been there for 2-4 months now. The system does not seem to be working !"
R500 is over $34 US. These costs really accumulate and add to our monthly deficit.
What else can we do to spread the word about putting a $0 value and "BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" on packages? The message is getting lost somewhere.
yikkes! I'm glad the deficit is smaller but yes we need to make sure its elminated.
Yes, it is unfortunate Megan and we have tried to reach as many of our contributors as we possibly can, by any means we can, to inform them of the consequences to adding large 'value $', but unfortunately there are those who initially go to the website and then begin to knit for KAS (which is very much appreciated) but they either don't go as far as reading the postal guidelines or have forgotten what they are by the time they come to post a parcel. If they are regulars on the KAS forum or facebook page they might see and be reminded, but sadly, many of these lovely crafters, aren't 'regulars' to these avenues of information.
As I understand it, the postal service does eventually reduce the amount to a reasonable sum, but unfortunately in the meantime it can cause concern for those waiting for their parcels to appear on a list.
What if the Forum home page was changed up a bit? Right under the explanation of "Knit-a-square is a worldwide organization..." you could put a reminder such as "When mailing a package, it is critical to put "BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY, NO COMMERCIAL VALUE" on the package so the charity doesn't incur additional postage fees." Then you can still have the more information links. Maybe putting it on the home page would help--just a thought.
Great idea, Joy! Surely people would notice it there, especially if it appears in red letters.