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February 28, 2005

Thailand Flags for the Kamala School

Thanks to the AAA Flag+Banner company, the kids at the Kamala School will have two brand new 3'x5' all-weather Thai Flags to remind them of the strength of their community.

Posted by sedda at 04:49 PM

February 27, 2005

Thanks to Ladies Who Brunch

Shanti invited me to a women's networking group called Ladies Who Brunch. The brunch meeting of about 100 women was at The Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega. The ladies donated $300 to Shanti's fundraiser for children in Kamala who survived the tsunami. Five of them lost both of their parents.

The fundraiser was initiated by Shanti, who purchased beanie babies and offered them up for sponsorship. For $5 donation, you can choose a beanie and send it to Thailand. She also sponsored flipflops.

And the String Scrubbie Project will contribute an additional $50 to the kids, in donations for scrubbies.

Thanks to the Ladies Who Brunch!!

Posted by sedda at 03:18 PM

February 25, 2005

Shoes, bags and clothes for the kids of Kamala

Shanti has been working her contacts to benefit tsunami survivors near Phuket and Ko Phi Phi. She is taking 65 pairs of donated flipflops from Teva with her for the children of Kamala. She also has daypacks and two large bags from Solomon, and some clothes from Patagonia, Oakley apparel, Timbuk2 and Etnies to give to the Thai people.

Additionally she'll bring about 50 beanie-baby sized stuffed animals that she got on sale at Toys-R-Us.

The next contact she will work is one at China Air, so she can get the Your Bag Is Too Heavy fee waived. "Ohhhh, SkyCap! Over Here!"

Posted by sedda at 03:30 PM

February 20, 2005

Help Thai people in need

Friends,

As you know, hundreds of thousands of lives were suddenly changed by the December 26 tsunami waves that destroyed families and communities.

I have decided I need to do more to help. On March 11, I will be traveling with two extraordinary women to Thailand to lend a hand for tsunami relief for three weeks. My main traveling companion will be Shilpa Rajpara, who is using her vacation time from her HR job to make a difference. We will meet up with Shanti Sosienski, a freelance writer, who has raised more than $4500 in cash to give directly to Thai citizens rebuilding their lives. Shanti has inspired us to make the journey.

Shilpa and I will spend a few days learning about the Thai culture, then we will travel south via Krabi, where we will be helping people who need it. We have plans to assist villagers of Koh Lanta fix boats so they can return to their livelihood. We hope to help out rebuilding temples, or schools, or daycare centers. Other opportunities await us. We plan to bring back many stories of hope, rebirth, and new beginnings.

The String Scrubbie Project, begun about a week after the tsunami happened, organizes volunteer knitters across the country to donate handmade dishcloths/washcloths as a tsunami survivor fundraiser. We have sent $200 to UNICEF that we have raised by Scrubbie sales. Future scrubbie sales will be split between UNICEF and assisting Thais in need.

HOW *YOU* CAN HELP TODAY:

There are several ways you can get involved to help tsunami survivors, without breaking your piggy bank. No donation is too small. We encourage you to skip that latte or pack a lunch once, and send just $1, $5 or $10 toward the following efforts:


1. To HELP THE THAI PEOPLE DIRECTLY, you may do this in a couple of ways: You could buy a scrubbie and write the check to me, indicating 'direct relief' on the check. Or, you could send a check/cash to me outright. Note that this part of the fundraiser will continue throughout the year and funds can be wired directly to the Thai people later, if you miss the 3/11 deadline.

2. HELP ME TO HELP OTHERS. If you would like to help sponsor my March 11 tsunami relief trip; I am footing the bill on my own expenses and am open to donations. Please indicate 'bug' in the memo of your check, if you can help.
Other Items I am looking for specifically:
--Loan/donate to me a 12" Apple Powerbook with Office for documenting the project
--Fresh film and batteries
--A lead bag for the xray machine
--A few 'flags' or banners of various designs that say thank you, for use in photographs. We could use two of them, $25 each, and a graphic designer to make a cool PDF so we can get them printed.

3. HELP AND GET A TAX DEDUCTION. If you would like to make a difference, but prefer to earn a tax deduction in the process, you may donate $10 to receivea Hand-knit 100% Cotton Dishcloth suitable for kitchen or bath. You may make the check payable to UNICEF Tsunami Relief. If you prefer, your money can benefit the Thai people directly, just write the check to me and let me know.
It would be most excellent if you could slip an extra buck in the envelope for postage, or send a large SASE, so I can mail the scrubbie back to you. I know this sounds a little cheap-o, but I'm really finding these small expenses add up--and my pockets aren't quite deep enough.

4. Knit scrubbies for the String Scrubbie Project.

Donations may be sent to the Knitzilla! mailbox:

Knitzilla! String Scrubbie Project
4845 Fountain Ave #11
Los Angeles CA 90029

Many, many thanks for your generosity in supporting tsunami relief. If you have given generously already, I completely understand and do not wish to pressure you again. But I hope you will let your friends know, so they have the opportunity to help, as well.

Peace and love to you,

Sedda K (Ms. Bug)
project mail: scrubbie[at] rain circle (dot)com

Posted by sedda at 03:18 PM

February 12, 2005

www.tsunamireliefla.org fundraiser event today

Today's tsunami fundraiser in Eagle Rock, hosted by tsunamireliefla.org, was a great success, raising more than $3000 for tsunami survivors.

For the price of the $10 entrance fee, we were allowed to set up a table to offer scrubbies right in the middle of the action. The String Scrubbie Project raised $75 for UNICEF, in exchange for three scrubbies and a brown knit poncho that I donated. I also donated a blue knit poncho to the group's raffle. (The ponchos are valued at $60 or more.)

The live Indian music was awesome, and yummy food was provided by Govinda's of West LA. There was an extensive silent auction as well as a raffle. And lots of information about some of the areas affected by the tsunami.

Photos and a writeup will soon be posted on tsunamireliefla.org and www.shantisos.com/thailand.

100% of cash funds that were raised will directly benefit tsunami survivors. Some will go to care for lost dogs in Phuket, some will go toward providing families with a basic survival kit including a wok, cooking pot, bug spray and other necessities, and some will go to help Ao Nang and Koh Lanta boating families, who have not received a cent of aid since the disaster happened.

The Ao Nang boating project is sponsored by freelance writer Shanti Sosienski. Many Thai families have lost their boats, which are their source of livelihood for fishing and tours. Shanti accepts cash donations via PayPal or you can mail them to her or me. For the price of a single latte, you can buy about a week's worth of food in Thailand. She will take a donation of $1, $5, $10 or whatever you are able to give. No donation is too small. More info on her site.

Funds raised by check today will be sent to UNICEF on Monday (I am in charge of this since the String Scrubbie Project has a UNICEF connection), and those total more than $1400!

Thanks to all of you for donating your beautiful hand crafts to raise money for these people really in need. We got a LOT of compliments on the lovely work, and people are impressed that knitters and crocheters from across the country are coming together as a community to help the community of the world.

Posted by sedda at 10:42 AM

February 11, 2005

Fundraiser in Eagle Rock Tomorrow

The String Scrubbie Project will have a table at tomorrow's tsunami fundraiser at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts!

Come on by and join me!

Money raised by the $10 entrance fee will go directly to tsunami survivors in Thailand. Funds donated in exchange for scrubbies will benefit children and families who survived the tsunami via UNICEF.

For more info go to www.tsunamireliefla.org or click 'continue reading' below.

WHEN: Saturday, February 12th, from 12:30-4:30pm

WHERE: Eagle Rock Community Center for the Arts (a historic landmark in the California Mission style)
located at 2225 Colorado Boulevard (across the street from Swork)

MORE INFO: www.tsunamireliefla.org

Your $10 doantion at the door is worth almost 1,000 bhat in Thailand. 1,000
bhat is the equivalent of 100 meals! So, if you think you don't have much
to give, think again. And if you think you've already given, please
remember this is the largest natural disaster in the history of the world
and there's a bottomless pit of need!

Need some non-guilt-related reasons?
It's gonna be a smokin' party! Four bands! You could win a free airline
ticket anywhere in the U.S.! Beautiful jewelry! A gift certificate from The
Coffee Table or Casa Bianca, the home of L.A.'s best pizza! Chiropractic
sessions, massage therapy, Vedic astrology readings with Yours Truly,
writing workshops, stunning professional photographs, cd's, books,
dvd's, and on and on and on.

Need a selfish reason? It's gonna be a great networking opportunity!
Numerous power-house people and business owners will be attending.

Many thanks,
Carol Allen
www.carolallenastrology.com

Posted by sedda at 11:07 AM

February 07, 2005

String Scrubbie Project concentrating on UNICEF

The Red Cross has announced that the $1.2 billion pledged worldwide in the 30 days since the tsunami was sufficient to meet the costs of the entire Red Cross tsunami relief program! The String Scrubbie Project will be focusing its efforts toward UNICEF tsunami relief.

Posted by sedda at 10:35 PM

February 04, 2005

Tsunami survivors need our help

Do you wonder where our funds are going? Here are some updates:
•Red Cross:Tsunami aftermath photos
•UNICEF:Update as of 17 Jan 05
•Red Cross:Update as of 1 Feb 05

Why should we continue to contribute?
•Red Cross: Uncertain Future Hangs Over Thai Tsunami Survivors
•UNICEF:For tsunami homeless, sanitation a critical concern

We hope you will donate through the String Scrubbie Project, or can contribute your knitting or crochet. But it's most important that you give at all, whether through us or through another venue. Thanks for contributing to a community of worldwide togetherness.

Posted by sedda at 02:42 PM

February 03, 2005

Virtual pavement pounding

Today I tried to sell Scrubbies to Erewhon, an awesome natural foods store. They seemed interested, but the manager wasn't available. So I'll need to call back. I did find a volunteer knitter there, and another potential KNITZILLA!, during a re-visit to Bodhi Tree.

A trekking friend of mine sent me an AP wire story about Guys Who Knit (slow link), and I contacted Dan, the MenKnit.net, blogger mentioned in the story, as well as a local blogger he links to: KnitDad. Hopefully they'll want to participate in the project and maybe advertise it on their sites.

Posted by sedda at 02:16 PM

February 02, 2005

Still pounding the pavement

Still making new contacts in shops, to sell Scrubbies. Spoke with folks at Bodhi Tree on Melrose, Mostly Angels on Pico, and a few other shops along that new-agey strip on Melrose. No real takers yet, but I did sell one scrubbie and left out a lot of mini-flyers about the project. Have some callbacks to make.

It may be easiest to go the Farmer's Market route...although I really had hoped that some local shops would want to support the charity intiative. Stay tuned.

Posted by sedda at 02:12 PM