Wool-Aid campaigns in 2016 are primarily item-based rather than geared to a specific organization. This allows us much-needed flexibility to meet the needs of recipient organizations as we become aware of them. In 2015, we sent warm woolen items to remote areas of Alaska; to Tibet, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and India; and to displaced Syrians both within Syria and in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.
Based on what our recipient organizations need most, our need for items in 2016 is prioritized as follows:
Blankets and 10” blanket squares
Hats are needed more than anything, followed by pairs of socks. If we can help keep children's heads and feet protected, we've made a big difference in keeping them warm! Sweaters and vests provide full-torso warmth; mittens protect hands from exposure to freezing temperatures. Blankets are also needed in large numbers.
With so much need and plenty of options for what you can make, know that you can make what you love, and it will be welcome and much appreciated!
Sending Items "Wherever They're Needed Most"
Wool-Aid accepts focus items—socks, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and blankets and 10” blanket squares—created from fiber that is at least 80% wool content (or other animal fiber) on a year-round basis. Items are distributed by Wool-Aid to recipient organizations according to need.
Wool-Aid Supports ...
... children in Nepal who are living in temporary or substandard housing after the devastating earthquake earlier this year. Warm clothing is distributed to children of all ages.
... young monks and nuns in Nepal and India who have come to their monastery to study and train, often sent by their families as a way to keep them fed. The children range in age from four to sixteen. Appropriate colors for clothing for these children are red, maroon, brown, tan, and gold.
... children within Syria who have been displaced by the conflict in their own country. Wool-Aid is focused on children 9 to 12 years old, sending warm woolen hats, mittens, and vests to keep them warm. Wool-Aid items for other age groups, including clothing and blankets for infants and toddlers, will also be sent for distribution. We are working with Syria Relief, which provides care and support to these vulnerable children in hopes of curbing mass migration to refugee camps outside their own country.
... children in Afghanistan who live in orphanages in and around Kabul, or in refugee camps there. Wool-Aid is sending warm woolen clothing and blankets to keep them warm. All of our focus items are needed in Afghanistan—hats, socks, sweaters, vests, mittens, and blankets. We are working with the Lamia Afghan Foundation, which has airlifted millions of tons of relief aid to people in Afghanistan since 2010.