Monday, August 23, 2010

Huge thank you and a request to slow down

Hey all Hotheads Knitters,
First off, thank you SO MUCH for all of your amazing contributions. Currently we are more than meeting our goal of putting beanies on the head of every baby born at Butaro Hospital. In fact, the response to this request has been so great, that we are having trouble storing and then shipping all the beanies to Africa!
I can't tell you how much it means to see people band together from thousands of miles away and chip in to take care of our patients. The needs of the communities we serve are enormous on every level, and it is heartwarming and inspiring to see such a tremendous effort come from you all.
That said, at the moment I've been asked to have you slow down the knitting efforts while we catch up - we are running out of space to store them in Boston and Rwanda, and, more problematically, the means to ship them over. As you can imagine, our shipment costs are tremendous. So for the moment let's slow down the knitting. If anyone would like to make contributions toward the shipment costs or toward any number of other important and vital efforts going into building the new hospital in Butaro, please do let us know! As you know, every little bit makes a difference.
Thank you so much for all of your help!
In solidarity,


  1. Emily, if knitters such as myself were interested in redirecting our efforts towards selling our hats (on Etsy, Ebay, etc.), and donating the profits to PIH to offset shipping costs, how would we go about sending the funds to PIH? Is the general donation area on the main PIH site appropriate?

    Thank you for the feedback and leadership!

  2. Should we send hats now? I have a dozen I had finished when the request to slow down came out!