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Campaign for CURE Hospital in Kabul

Update as of November 1, 2009

Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,

Thank you for standing by, ready to fulfill the requests of the relief groups that can reliably transport and use our handmade wool gifts in their service to the people of Afghanistan during wartime.

Current Campaign: Baby Blankets
CURE Hospital in Kabul would like us to continue knitting and crocheting wool blankets for their babies. Blankets are the item most needed by CURE and most versatile for new babies and their mothers.

Measurements for the baby blankets --
* minimum 40" x 30"
* minimum of 40" x 40" for squares
* please, no bigger than 45" in length or width -- at most

A few more important points --
* Use wool (or other animal fiber) to provide maximum utility in harsh weather. Please read our memo on wool and fiber content.
* Please avoid white and very light colors that soil more easily. Afghans like all colors. Mix up a bright and cheery palette. Use up those wool oddballs.
* Knit or crochet your favorite pattern or try something new.
* Avoid lacy or airy patterns.
* Avoid adding fringe (more difficult to use in the hospital)
* Email us when you send your gift, and we will acknowledge you by email.
* If you need confirmation that your package has arrived in San Francisco, please enclose a self-addressed stamped card, and we will mail it back to you. Or, use the signature request service of the delivery agent.

Read our general guidelines and mailing addresses HERE for your reference.

Due dates
US due date: November 23, 2009.
Canadian due date: November 16, 2009 (via

Our gifts are highly valued and specifically requested by relief workers and medical staff.

Each blanket means one more baby or young child is going to be a lot more comfortable because of you. All of us knitters and crocheters know that every new life should start off with a colorful, beautiful, and warm blanket. Remember, many in Afghanistan may have no access to heat or no money for fuel. We can do something tangible and meaningful for people so far away and living under tremendous hardship with few material goods. Moreover, our gifts are a tangible expression of friendship and respect during wartime.

Please spread the word!
Another important way to participate ... please tell your fiber friends about our campaign. We count on our volunteers for the essential word-of-mouth to keep our momentum. Please share the link to this webpage. Add one of our banners to your blog or site.

As always, thank you for reading and for taking action with your needles and hooks. Thank you for your involvement and caring.

Let's hope for more peace soon in Afghanistan.

Ann and colleagues

PS: Looking for group camaraderie and inspiration? Join our afghans for Afghans' knit and crochet-along. The more, the merrier! You can also find the friends of afghans for Afghans group on

CURE newborn
Newborn with new blanket at CURE Hospital

CURE newborn
Newborn with new blanket at CURE Hospital

David Bell manages the CURE warehouse
David Bell manages the CURE warehouse and gets our wool gifts on to containers headed to Kabul

CURE Hospital in Kabul
Newborn at the CURE Hospital in Kabul

Paul Magnusson
Paul Magnusson and his wool baby blanket for Afghanistan

Renovating CURE Hospital's pediatrics ward in Kabul

CURE's nice renovation done!

Kids being treated at CURE's peds ward

CURE Hospital in Kabul
At the CURE Hospital in Kabul

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