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Hi everyone ! Let me tell you a nice story ...

A few month ago, I sent a long letter to 10 nursing homes, about KAS , about the needs of the vulnerable children in South Africa. I asked them if they would knit for us.
2 weeks later, I called each nursing home. Some just said "no thanks", some said "not interested" (!!!!), but the last one ...

It is a nursing home in Noisy Le Roi, very near my house, called Les Jardins de Noisy.
I had a lady called Corinne on the phone. She is responsible for the everyday activities of the ladies in this home. She presented KAS to them, and they were THRILLED ! It was late in June, the ladies were already knitting. They had plenty of wool, so ... We decided to meet in September.
No need to say that my spirits were high !
One out of ten, not so bad, after all !

So, this week, I went to the nursing home to meet our new volunteers. About ten knitters were waiting for me. I had printed some photos of children, wrapped in blankets. I felt that they would need to see where their squares would go.
Do you know how many squares they had knitted ? An impressive 308 ! Plus 1 scarf, baby socks, and ... 2 knitted blankets ! Woooooow ! And I can tell you that the squares are PERFECT !
I was speechless ... Didn't even imagine one second that they could have knitted so many squares, and so well, too.
I thanked them, and thanked them, told them everything I knew about KAS, my visits to SA ...

And then, they thanked me. Can you imagine that ? The world upside down !
Because ... Well ... They said that for once, they felt useful.
There is even one lady who is nearly blind. She knits with a device that enlarges what she is doing, a sort of huge microscope. It takes a lot of energy and courage to knit in these conditions.

Next ... Well , more knitting of course, we have had a huge donation of wool. Corinne is going to write an article for the town's newsletter , for more wool, and maybe more knitters ...

Go France, go !

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Comment by Christine Johnson on September 17, 2013 at 7:37am

Brilliant Isabelle and it was your original initiative that started it. I believe that the ladies really meant that they appreciated feeling useful; it's something that we've heard from contributors many times before.

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