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Mittens for Akkol Shipping Fundraiser

Many wonderful people have been knitting away diligently to warm the children at the orphanage in Akkol, Kazakhstan.  These hand knits are hand carried by families traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt. Unfortunately, the airlines recently announced a reduction in the baggage allowance for international flights, thereby reducing the amount of aid that can be hand carried to the orphanage without incurring extra charges. Overweight fees are high.  In an attempt to help defray costs, Knit On! is sponsoring a shipping fundraiser.

Until further notice, for each sale of the award winning Russian cookbook, Please to the Table, Knit On! will donate $10 towards shipping items to Kazakhstan. The recipes in this 659 page book are from all over the former Soviet Union.     We

have made several in our home and they have all been delicious. One mom who has adopted from Kaz uses this book in her cooking adventures and reports on her blog.  This is a cookbook you will use again and again. Well researched and well written, recipes are adapted to ingredients easily found in US grocery stores.

The cost of each book is $19.95 plus $3.00 shipping to the US.  Shipping to outside the US will be higher.  If you are outside the US, please contact us for exact shipping before sending payment. You may also order any book on www.workman.com from us and half the retail price will go to the shipping fundraiser.  (You must order through Knit On, of course!)

To order, please send your request with a check or money order in the amount of $22.95 for each book to:

Knit On! inc.                                                301 Fairfield Ave.                                         Bellevue, KY 41073                                       ATTN:  COOKBOOK

Credit card orders should be made by calling Knit On! at 866-201-3994 or emailing us with your name address and credit card information.

Mittens for Akkol and How It All Began

In 2003 and 2004, my wife and I were fortunate enough to travel to Kazakhstan to adopt three wonderful children.  The hardest .

part of the journeys was not the long travel time or the living conditions while in country. The hardest part was leaving behind all of the children whom we had grown to love during our total nine weeks stay at the Detsky Dom (Children’s Home). 

We are dedicated to reaching out to the children left behind.  There are hundreds of thousands of orphans living in institutions throughout the former Soviet countries.  Economic conditions are dire and orphanage directors have very few resources to provide for the children. 

One of the ways we can help is to encourage knitters to donate warm knitted items to the children. Our children’s Detsky Dom is located south of Russia in the northern part of Kazakhstan where winter comes in September and stays until April.  Temperatures are as low as forty below zero for most of the winter.  Warm sweaters, vests, socks, mittens, hats and scarves are desperately needed there.  Many of these items cannot be purchased in the markets and the children simply go without. (For instance, the only socks we found at the only clothing shop in the village were thin polyester ankle socks.)

On our last trip, we carried several suitcases full of donations and hand knitted items for the children.  Although it was August and oppressively hot, the children were thrilled to receive warm woolen items. I will never forget their beaming smiles as the caretakers distributed the clothing to them. The children were giddy with excitement.

There is a great need for warm items for the older children. Although orphanages receive donations from adoptive parents, most parents adopt very young children and it is for their groups that donations are made.  Also, while the young children outgrow their clothes and leave them behind for the next group to wear, older children have reached their full growth and take their one or two outfits with them when they leave the orphanage to enter the world alone. 

If you would like to knit for the children left behind, please join our charity knitting group by sending a blank email to: Mittens_for_Akkol-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

If you are so inclined, please give serious consideration to adopting a child or sibling group. Our children waited six and nine years and never gave up hope that their new parents would find them. We know lots of great kids who are still waiting for their forever families.  If you would like to learn about adopting internationally, please send us an email at info@knit-on.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for considering helping these children.


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