Hello, Val. Welcome to KAS from Nashville, TN, USA. I have been with KAS for around five years now, and all my packages have made it safely. If you included your name and contact info in your package, they will put your donation on the list when it arrives and it is opened. It does take a while. I have even waited as long as three months after sending before my squares showed up on the list. Sometimes, though, it has only taken a few weeks. Please remember that the organization is run completely by volunteers with huge hearts, such as your own, and sometimes it just takes a while. KAS has had various places to open packages, as well, although I believe they are in a permanent building now. Know that your work will arrive, and they will list it, and you will see your name and donations on the list. If you are lucky, you may even get to see some of your squares in a blanket wrapped around a child! YOu are truly a blessing to these children and are welcomed to our KAS wholeheartedly!! It was three years before I actually recognized one of my own squares in a blanket! You did a wonderful job in doing so many in just a week! Please be sure to look at all the photos of others work, and at the photos in the distribution shots. They are just wonderful. We're so happy you've found us and are joining in our effort to warm orphans and vulnerable children of South Africa!
Welcome to KAS from over here in Western Australia. :))
Making the basic square is a wonderful way to relax and help the children. Plain Janes, as they are affectionately called, are the backbone of KAS. Since a blanket is created with 35 squares sent by people from around the world, squares are needed all the time. The basic square being a garter stitch/single colour or striped square or I think it is single or double crochet if your preference is for crochet. By clicking on the KASpattern book tab at the top of the page you can also find lots of other patterns provided by our fellow KASers.
If you click on the groups tab at the top of the page you will find all the different groups and you are free to join as many as you would like. :))
Please check out the 'Helpful Hints' tab at the top of the page as this may answer many initial questions you may have and will help you get started. Any other questions...just ask...we love to help. :))
If you'd like to see what other KASers have been making please click on the photo tab at the top of the page....and feel free to add photos of your own work...we would love to see them. Just click on 'add photos' and follow the prompts. Anything you care to make and send will be so appreciated by Ronda and the team and the children of South Africa.
If you want to see the most active discussions at present, you may like to click on the 'main page' tab and they are listed in the centre of that page...just pick one and click on it. It is a large website, but with so much fun and info.
We also have a theme for every month that you might like to view and participate in, but there is absolutely no pressure to do so. The theme for August can be found here:
Postal costs for incoming parcels has risen alarmingly since mid-April
because of a new rule that ALL overseas parcels attract the customary
handling fee and that has been increased to R51.50 PER PARCEL[$3.74USD]. for June figures click :