Disaster

Cloths for Katrina

I’ve been looking for a way to do something for Katrina evacuees that will have my hand on it, rather than just my money in it. Here in City By the Sea, we are far far away from the action. Yes, we’re raising money for our denominational effort. We’re also collecting gift cards to send to Houston evacuees, to be distributed through one of the RevGalBlogPals, Quotidian Grace. Too far away to cook a meal (and frankly not good at that anyway!), I wondered what I could do that would be even more personal.

Then, in making the rounds of the few knitting blogs I read, I discovered Cloths for Katrina. The descripton at the Yahoo Groups page reads:
Calling all knitters, crocheters and weavers! We are making facecloths for Hurricane Katrina survivors. A small way to help those who have been displaced by this horrific tragedy. All cloths will be distributed directly to the shelters throughout the Gulf region. Please join us in this endeavor!

Yesterday I managed to get to A.C. Moore, which is conveniently located in the same shopping plaza as Supercuts (for #2 Son, whose eyes were at risk of being lost in his hair) and Old Navy (where we acquired some items for the ever-growing Princess, all from the sale racks). I picked up two colors of Sugar ‘n Cream, a 100% cotton yarn that is very inexpensive, and last night I sat down to knit. Here’s the result.

This is very easy knitting, technically speaking. But it is hard knitting, too, as I contemplate the circumstances being met by so many who have lost their homes and aren’t sure what to do next in their lives. When I’ve been displaced by life’s events, the storms that came in pregnancy loss and postpartum depresion and divorce, it was the caring shown by another person that reminded me God was still in the neighborhood, even when I couldn’t quite see Her. It’s my prayer that these little facecloths may show such love.

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