One of the things I've been thinking about lately is the fact that I don't do as much giving back as I would like to. That means volunteering, donating, or generally supporting good people doing good things. One of my barriers if finding projects that I believe in. Imagine my happiness on finding this one yesterday.
It's a simple concept, put together a bundle of sewing supplies and send them to someone who needs them. Here's how the US Soldier who thought of the project describes it:
Iraqi Bundles of Love is a short-duration project, set to last about six weeks, originally intended to surge fabric and sewing (and knitting!) materials into the area around which I live in Iraq. It is timed to coincide with both Ramadan, and the departure of my units from Iraq. If you’re reading this, well — it’s kind of grown. It’s going to help a little bit more of northern Iraq than just the area around where I live.
After putting together my package this morning, I went to check his blog again in order to prepare this post. The pictures are so neat. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this project in the blogging sewing community. After looking at the pictures, I had a moment of guilt. My bundle is quite a bit smaller than the others - and the ribbons don't match. But you know what? I don't have loads and loads of fabric or ribbon. My bundle does, however, contain materials to make at least one piece of clothing: about 5 yards of cotton, thread, needles, pins, scissors, buttons, a zipper, and a couple other bits and bobs. So - it's going in the mail! Hope it makes someone happy.
Maybe one of you (or someone you know) will decide to send a package to! If you're in the Netherlands, the good news is that there's a Dutch mailing address for your package, too!