Samara’s Aid Appeal offers anyone the opportunity to donate their knitting for Middle Eastern refugees
Let’s talk about knitting for Middle Eastern refugees for a moment, and why I’ve become more passionate about it than ever.
The last thing I want to do at Knitting for Charity is get political. I’m sure that my readers comprise all sorts of political beliefs, opinions, and ideas. (And I’m sure that you, like me, try to get away from politics as much as possible!)
However, I do want to briefly address the situation in the United States, if only to make a point.
Here in the U.S., a political battle over how many refugees to allow into our country — or even if any should be allowed in at all — has erupted. I know many opinions about this abound. One thing I do know is that the fewer refugees are allowed into our country, the more difficult it is for us to help them.
If you’re like me and find the refugee crisis absolutely heartbreaking, and you desperately want to help… that’s when knitting for Middle Eastern refugees can be an absolute lifeline. And I think that’s something we can all agree on!
This soliloquy has a purpose: to offer an introduction to a beautiful way to help our friends in the Middle East. I’d like to introduce you to Samara’s Aid Appeal.
Samara Levy: a UK Mother Longing to Make a Difference
Samara’s Aid Appeal is the work of Samara Levy. She tells her story beautifully in the “My Story” portion of her website. In short, like so many of us she watched the horrors erupting throughout the Middle East thanks to ISIS. And like so many of us, she longed to help in some way.
Samara’s Aid Appeal is her response to what she calls an answered prayer, as she desperately prayed for a way to help.
In the “About” section of her website, she writes,
This initiative started in August 2014 with an email to the mothers in Samara’s son’s year group, appealing for winter clothes and shoes to send to the people displaced in Iraq who lost everything when IS took their towns, cities and villages.
“It has quickly grown into a large humanitarian aid project. Between October 2014 – December 2016 we have sent 62 consignments (artic lorries and containers) carrying clothes, shoes, bedding, toiletries/hygiene items, essential medical equipment, ambulances and school equipment. We have also opened hospitals in Syria and are working towards opening more.”
Samara’s Aid Appeal – the Knitting Appeal: Knitting for Middle Eastern Refugees
Samara’s Aid Appeal actually offers a variety of “appeals,” or ways in which folks can help. Most of these appeals run for a specific period of time. These appeals include Clothing, Care Packs, Dignity Bags, Fuel, and Orphans and Widows.
The Knitting Appeal, however, is ongoing. The aim here is simple: provide as many warm clothing and blankets through knitting for Middle Eastern refugees as humanly possible. This is absolutely necessary work because refugee camps become very cold in the winter. Sadly, refugees have actually died in these camps because they couldn’t get warm.
If you’re ready to offer your support, go to the Knitting Appeal page on Samara’s Aid Appeal website. Here you’ll find out what kinds of items are needed, guidelines for knitting, and beautiful labels you can print and send with your donation.
You’ll also find a contact form so that you can register as a Samara’s Aid Appeal knitter.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait for governments to help people in desperate need. I want to do it myself. It’s the essence of charity knitting for Middle Eastern refugees! If you’d like to help, especially if you live in the UK, I hope you’ll consider joining Samara’s Aid Appeal.