26 August 2009

Iraqi Bundles of Love

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!


  1. In 2005, your MoD invited me to attend a seminar in the NL about expeditionary operations, and what they mean to the Dutch -- as a people, as a country.

    Your country gets it. They understand. Take comfort in that. You know, we nondutch joke that wherever yo go, you'll run into a Dutchman on vacation, but I'm telling you, wherever there's trouble or people in need, there's a Dutchman.

    It's not always the size of the act that defines its significance. I look forward to seeing your bundle when it arrives.

  2. You're not the only one with a "little" bundle. As a student, my stash just isn't that big- but hey, every little bit counts.

  3. My bundle won't be the best looking either, but it will be there. Thanks for sharing!

  4. your bundle looks better than mine does. don't be so hard on yourself. the main thing is that you care enough to help.


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