Ever wonder what happens with all that mail that arrives in South Africa?  It goes to the KAS Barn where many volunteers SORT everything out to eventually be distributed to local children.

   Please check in here on a regular basis to see photos from all the activity in the KAS Barn during 2020.

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  • A timely Christmas message for all my KAS friends around the world:

  • Thank you for letting us glimpse life in the barn..... it is so good to read something so uplifting during these difficult times. Glad you were able to ‘clear the decks’ before Christmas, we will now have to beaver away to fill the shelves up again in 2021! Wishing you all a happy Christmas xx

  • The last opening day for 2020.  Estelle and Athele saw lots of traffic through The Barn today.

    From Estelle: (I am not sure I have all the right pictures associated with names)

    This is how we started at the KASbarn today... a pile of blankets to be packed for Kids Haven in fact 185 blanket sets and toys...back breaking stuff. There was no new post today.
    Joyce and Heather from Misfits Waterval visited us with many fabulous blankets as usual.
    Liz Gyldenhuis popped in with her stunning the way you found a home for Amy’s H, it’s so pretty.
    Elaine Joubert brought another fabulous blanket pack.
    Leigh- Ann Tonkin brought some super the red one. Her husband told her not to bring any squares home but she eventually left with a garbage bag full of squares.
    Mandy and Linda worked non stop, Mandy counting and sorting about five enormous boxes from Rita Samari from Frankfurt. Linda never taking a break packing blankets for Ath.
    Maureen’s and Aths friend knitted these fantastic teddies which arrived just in time for one of Aths distributions. Just look at how beautifully these teddies are dressed. I think Ath was feeling like we all were at this stage it was an extremely busy morning but so satisfying to accomplish so much.
    Audrey and Sheldon were as busy as ever and made a big dent in the odd sized squares.
    Bethwell and Kelvin collected the 185 blanket sets etc for Kids Haven Benoni and Jeremiah 20 sets for Oasis Children’s Home in Randburg.
    Athelé has been an absolute star ⭐️ organizing these distributions for all of these vulnerable children just in time to make their Christmas special. Thanks Ath you never stop organizing and then there’s all the physical stuff. We may feel finished by the end of the morning but it’s definitely worth it.
    Ana flew in with her 40 lovely blankets, her massive boot wasn’t big enough to take her holiday work home!
    And...this is how we ended, almost clear tables, no post to open and shelves crying out for blankets.
    Athelé, Liz, Audrey, Linda, Mandy and I have had an unusual year at KAS, we must have handled thousands of squares and blankets which have warmed more than 3000 children and given them a special Christmas.
    We and Ronda wish all of our contributors and supporters a Merry Christmas and a healthy, peaceful 2021.
    Wear your masks!
    • Holy Moly!   What a massive effort to unpack, sort, arrange, and pack all these squares, blankets and toys.   I feel tired just reading about it.   You all deserve a good long rest over the Christmas break.

      I feel humbled and proud just to be able to read about all this work, done with so much love.   Thank you for taking the time to photograph and share the pictures with us.

    • A stupendous effort and a fantastic result.  CONGRATULATIONS to the SA team for pitching in all year so selflessly!!  Warmest Christmas blessings and wishing you a healthy New Year 2021.   

    • Thank you so much for this uplifting update.   Very well done and Congratulations in being able to organise yourselves enough to leave the Barn so tidy!!  Warmest wishes for safe celebrations.   Kx

  • News from The Barn via Estelle on December 8:

    The year is rapidly drawing to a close and we are all still flat out at the KASbarn.
    Bernard brought post this morning but there wasn’t time to open too many parcels. I did notice one from you Susan Donaldson...lovely bright, colourful flower squares - thank you.
    You might remember that Tracey helped organize the 1000 blanket distribution in April 2019, just weeks before having her baby.
    Tracy - Jayne Timberlake arrived bright and early to help us try and clear the tables of masses of squares, and came armed with a delicious chocolate/ health tray bake if that’s possible. Thanks Tracy.
    I now have 11 squares for Anne Powell’s memory blanket. These lemon ones are from Chris and Amy.
    Mandy, Audrey and Linda never stop sorting and helping with us packing for distributions.
    Athelé was very busy packing and with her first Christmas blanket which is gorgeous. Just love the holly square from Patricia Underwood.
    Ronda was laughing so much that she nearly lost her mask.
    It was lovely to see Tango and oh yes Leanne and Bongi. Leanne brought her lovely squares and they came to wish us a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday.
    Ronda and Tracy....Tracy was one of KAS’s first volunteers many years ago. We really appreciate the time you spent with us this morning, thanks.
    Audrey organized a distribution with The Dream Centre...Alicia very kindly came to collect the 70 blankets that Audrey packed for them.
    Everyone appeared to be busy at the barn today...another productive, satisfying morning.
    Our beloved Estelle was very busy, too.
    • Looks like a very busy and productive time was had by all.  Thank you for this report - I really enjoyed reading it and looking at all the lovely photos.

    • What a fantastic report!  It's so good to know that the squares and blankets are still arriving and piling up - ready to be passed on to the children.  Thank you to all the all volunteers who work so hard to get our things to their intended destinations. 

      Estelle, thank you so very much for keeping track of the squares for Anne's blanket.  Your kindness and your patience are appreciated more than you know ... xo

    • Wonderful to see that the post office is working at full steam.  And you, the SA volunteers, can dream of all the lovely combinations that can be made into blankets.  I am so glad for you that the year ended with such an abundance of handiwork in the KAS barn, ready to start the New Year with a bang.   

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