Beautiful knits, squares and pre-loved clothing has continued to arrive and all in time to catch our next shipment, thank you so much! If you still wish to donate items to our ‘Warm for Winter’ appeal it needs to reach us by 15th Jan to be sent off in our next batch. Now though, I am rather looking forward to thinking about Spring and the warmer weather….I remember making some really easy pillowcase dresses last year and hope to make a few more again.
Talking of thinking ahead, these fab bracelets were also donated this week. When I saw them my first thought was how perfect they will be for our Eid gift bags. Eid will fall around the beginning of July so there is only six months to get organised and you know how time flies…..
People often get in touch to ask what is most needed and the short answer is ‘everything’. Clothing to fit all ages is always in big demand however, at the moment there seems to be an extra special need for baby clothing. Our baby pack project is what started Algerian Action off nine years ago and it continues to be needed, at times more than ever before. Our packs contain a blanket, a vest, a baby-gro, a cardigan/jumper, a hat and some mittens. When possible we also like to include a small toy. The aim is simply to ensure that new babies have something clean and warm to wear. Our stocks are running low on everything so all and anything sized newborn, 0-3 months and even 3-6 months is really needed right now. As always items can be new, pre-loved or handmade. They can be in any colour and in the case of knits can be made from any type of yarn.
Now for something new, I was going to wait a few weeks but, actually I am too excited about our latest project to not share now! I don’t know if I have ever mentioned it before but, I am an avid gardener, actually I think I am quite addicted to anything plant related so I am totally thrilled that we have been given the opportunity to help turn this barren scrub-land into something lush and amazing!
As you can see from the pic- it is going to involve a lot of hard-work! The aim is to create a beautiful, inclusive outdoor space complete with playground and seating that will provide a clean and safe recreational area for the local community.
This really is a fantastic opportunity to make a long lasting difference to so many people. We are currently drawing up the plans and working out what will be needed so watch out for updates on how you can help! In the meantime though, I wanted to make a special request for seeds. It would be amazing to have plants growing in the park that have come from all over and it would really represent the wider community spirit of Algerian Action and our belief that small actions can make a big difference- just think- one small seed can make a difference! Will you help us to make a global garden?
The climate is Mediterranean so plants that like dry conditions and/or sunshine might do best but, I am happy to try and grow anything and am always up for a gardening challenge!
If you can help do please include your name and the area you are from with your seed(s) as I want to have a map showing where all the support has come from.
Lastly before I forget, I wanted to let you know about a A series of colouring pages and activities that we have created for our younger supporters. They are aimed at teaching children facts about Algeria in a fun and creative way. New pages will be added every week and they are free to download from our website.
As always thank you so much for your continued support. Together, lets make 2016 the best year yet!
Have a great weekend, Emma x