1. Vic Mitchell, the Mayor of Moosonee, and ED of the Friendship Centre came over for dinner. I interviewed him and he is unbelievable. First, he gave me a detail breakdown as to where our stuff goes. Its quite amazing. I'll be posting the interview as soon as I get time to transcribe it, but basically, he has a system to ensure that everything gets to the right place. He first distributes through the maternal health programs, then goes through the schools, then through various other programs (Christmas baskets are used to provide blankets, hats and socks to families in need). Finally Vic has arranged a deal through Air Creebec, where he ships the remaining items up James Bay to various communities for distribution. Vic wants our help in setting up a children's library to serve Moosonee/Moose Factory. I know there's a way, we just need to figure it out - any thoughts?
2. We packed and packed! Vic took boxes of boots and winter woolies up north, and yesterday, I brought fourteen (!) boxes to the post office to be sent up to him. And there's still more! The reality that these items actually go to Moosonee, Moose Factory plus five more communities means that there is a lot of need that gets met this way. There are a few more boxes to ship, then we have to get the remaining boxes up to Hannah in Gjoa Haven and Kwedzo in Rankin Inlet through Ed Picco and the wonderful folks at First Air.
3. While we packed, we also did some last minute photographing. You aren't seeing Carlene's fabulous blankets (she always brings bags and bags), but she took pictures on the Ravelry Group. Below are also some pictures from Suzanne, Claudette, Janet, Ellen and Mary, as well as Rammy and Wendy. Thank you, ladies for all of the time and energy and love you put into each of your hand-knits.
|So this is Vic and me. Vic brought a truck to Ottawa, and we filled it with lots and lots of boots, blankets, sweaters and hats.|
|Carlene, Amy and I met last Friday for a "packing party", and holy cow was there stuff. These beautiful blankets came from Suzanne (suzanneknitter). The colors are striking, and I always love Suzanne's stuff.|
|Here are some mittens, hats made by the East-coast knitting posse mentioned above.|
|OK I took a closeup of this hat because it was adorable, and I made my daughter try it on.|
|The gorgeous icelandic sweater and blanket come from the same group and will be going to Rankin Inlet.|
|And finally adorable baby bears made by the East coast posse for the Rankin Inlet daycare. They were so cuddly and cute - perfect for a newborn's tiny hand.|
|Look! Its a bag of carrots for the Rankin Inlet daycare, from Rammy!|
|...and finally, Wendy Lindquist of Jersey City sent in these two hats. Thanks Wendy!|