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July 29, 2005

Scrubbie Project Update - July

A deep and sincere thank you to everyone who has given from your heart for the String Scrubbie Project to support tsunami survivors!

I wanted to give you an update, as we enter the project's sunset. We will be taking in new scrubbies through August 31st, 2005. If you have been meaning to finish up or ship some scrubbies, please send them before Labor Day weekend. We will take care of every scrubbie that arrives, even if it's a couple of days late, but please help us to meet the deadline.

So far the project has raised more than $1700 for tsunami survivors, and we have more than 100 scrubbies on hand to set free, plus an adorable handknit cotton child's sweater, which will raise more funds. These are the efforts of more than 56 knitters and crocheters worldwide, who have donated 189 scrubbies to date. While a $3000 project may sound like small potatoes compared to other aid efforts, please remember that money like that goes a LONG WAY in Khao Lak, Thailand. A fancy restaurant lunch costs about $1.25 there, to give you some perspective. Our donations so far have gone to:
-pay school tuition for 10 young students in Phuket province
-buy books and supplies for children who have survived the tsunami
-support tsunami relief efforts in Kata, Kamala and Cape Pakarang — Thailand.
-support the monks of Kamala, who lost 3 of their 6 brethren in the wave.
-assist UNICEF, the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity in tsunami relief efforts

Please click continue below for the rest of the update.

If you missed the daily accounts of my relief mission to Thailand (March-April) with TsunamiVolunteer.net, they are still online here, just click on the calendar months in the righthand rail. The recipients of the donations were very touched and appreciative of our gifts. The experience was absolutely wonderful. Thai people are amazing, generous and carry enormous inner strength and I encourage everyone to vacation there to infuse $$ back into the economy. It's an especially great place for climbers, divers, massage enjoyers, beach loafers, tchotchke shoppers, mai-tai drinkers and people interested in Asia (Thailand is big! Lots of beautiful spots are not damaged.).

The scrubbie project now takes PayPal, which hopefully will help in collecting donations. I was a bit of a slow learner on this point, and future projects will include a credit-card option for the ease of donors (like me) who prefer to use plastic.

Please note that the scrubbie project's official address will change on or around Sept. 1st, to a more professional locale. There will be a bit of overlap, to make sure we don't have to get the Los Angeles postal system deeply involved in forwarding stuff. Apologies to all of you who experienced delays with deliveries to us at our current address. I will send out the new address in a separate mail and post it on the scrubbie website.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for your donations of yarn, love, support, publicity, time and talent. May you all be blessed with the kindness you so willingly give.


Sedda Kreabs
founder, String Scrubbie Project
founder+ringleader, KNITZILLA! knitting circle
Silverlake, CA

Posted by sedda at 05:10 PM

July 12, 2005

Cape Pakarang boatyard and Tsunami Volunteer in the news

Sorry, I just stumbled across this CBS story Rebuilding Hope, One Boat at a Time about the Cape Pakarang boatyard project and Tsunami Volunteer. Please take the time to download the video and see the whole thing — it's not that long and gives you a real feel for what the volunteers are up to and why we do it.

Posted by sedda at 05:01 PM