As most of you already know, Shanti deployed on her ship last week.
I have decided to take on a major project and am enlisting the help of our fellow knitters. Shanti will be taking command of the Decatur sometime in December. As her mother I would like to support every sailor on the ship at Christmas. I spoke to Shanti about this before she left and she gave me some ideas. So, here’s my plan.
I would like to put together a gift box for every sailor who will be under her command … there are 278 on board ... you can see some of them lined up on the ship as it pulls out. Some of the ideas that Shanti gave me for these gift boxes are:
• cash donations that can be used to purchase some of the items below because we can buy in bulk in some cases … Costco is a wonderful resource.
• if you have kids, contact their schools and ask the teacher to take on a project of having the kids write letters to the sailors (male and female). The sailors absolutely love this!
• playing cards
• silly, fun stuff like silly putty, silly string, etc.
• movies (DVD)
• toothbrushes / floss / toothpaste (I’ve already approached my dentist who is helping out with this one)
• games (card games, Yahtzz, Phase 10, Uno, etc.)
• greeting cards that they can send to loved ones while they are deployed
• postage stamps
And here’s where our knitting friends come in … Shanti says that washable wool hats are a much needed item because the ship is always cold.
I would like to start a hat-making drive for this project. Plain hats are fine, or, if you are so inclined, be creative … at times they have silly hat days where there are prizes awarded for the most creative hats. And we need at least 278 adult-sized hats … mostly men and a few women. If we get more than that we can always have them sent to other ships. Are you willing to knit hats for sailors who are away from their loved ones trying to keep our world a little safer? If so, start those needles flying. Maybe put a little tag on it with a message for the sailor who receives your precious gift.
I am also working with some large corporations to get either donations or stuff to send. If you know of another company I should contact please let me know … contact your own company to see if there are willing to make a donation to this cause.
Deadline: We need to get this effort completed by Nov. 1 so we can get the gift boxes put together and sent off to the ship no later than Nov. 15. It can take a long time for large shipments to arrive. The good thing is that Shanti’s dad flies aircraft into the region and may be able to transport our gifts to Bahrain where we will work with the Navy to transport it to the ship. There are many challenges to the logistics of this but that will be part of my job.
My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know when you are ready and I’ll give you my address. I’ll keep a running tally and let everyone know how we are proceeding to our goal. And there will be pictures … lots of pictures.
Don’t forget to pass this along on your own blogs, and recommend others to put this out … together we can really make this a great success.
Thank you in advance for anything you might be able to contribute to this worthy effort.
Shanti's Mommy (AKA Lynne)