Bringing Hope 2 Others: Blankets Needed

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Bringing Hope 2 Others: Blankets Needed

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Recently on Sewing With Nancy, I interviewed Karen Klemp and Jane Krogstad from Hope 2 Others. Karen and her husband Rick founded Hope 2 Othersa non-profit organization with a focus on birthing, new-born resuscitation projects, and survival kits to prevent hypothermia for moms and their babies in Eastern Africa. They’ve also collected and shipped sewing machines and sewing supplies for a program, at a shelter in Tanzania, for individuals rescued from human trafficking. The program teaches men and woman to sew and start their own tailoring businesses. The heartwarming interview with Karen and Jane will air later this fall.

What is Hope 2 Others?

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Karen, Rick, Jane, and their volunteers, are dedicated to renewing hope of a better life to remote, impoverished, and under-served communities around the world. Karen and Rick have been doing missions since 2002. Hope 2 Others was founded in 2009. They strive to:

  • Bring hope, health, and help by facilitating volunteer mission teams
  • Coordinate and promote medical and education exchange programs to equip, empower, and increase the level of expertise of indigenous and medical professionals
  • Improve the health and education of developing communities and countries
  • Promote, facilitate, educate, and provide access to good hygiene, clean water, good health care practices, and education
  • Build and construct medical clinics, schools, and multipurpose community centers in remote and under-served communities that lack these much-needed services
Read more at the Hope 2 Others website.
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Karen and Rick have big dreams of building birthing and medical centers. During my recent interview and off-camera conversations, Karen shared details of their 2014 mission trip. She told me that many babies were dying of hypothermia. When they asked a birthing center, and others, how they could help, they were told that each birthing center, hospital, and clinic delivering babies has a need for blankets, hats, and booties. These basic supplies are needed for mothers to take home and keep their babies warm.
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Efforts are underway to fill shipping containers with supplies and Hats 4 Hope Kits. Each kit includes a knit hat, blanket, booties, two onesies/undershirts, two cloth diapers, a diaper wrap/plastic pants, a sleeper, baby soap, toothbrush, flip-flops, and a newborn teething toy. By Rick’s count, Hope 2 Others ministry currently has 1047 Hats 4 Hope kits ready to be shipped to Tanzania. The cost for purchasing and shipping a 40-foot shipping container is about $20,000.00 US dollars. Incredibly, upon arrival, the shipping container will be converted into a medical clinic! Tax-deductible donations are welcome at the Hope 2 Others website or at Hope 2 Others, PO Box 1006, Sun Prairie, WI, 53590.
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I knew there was more we could do to show our support for the work that Hope 2 Others ministry is doing. Along with you, my sewing friends, we can help by making blankets, afghans, and quilts!

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Here’s how you can help:

1. Make or purchase a 36–40 inch square baby blanket, afghan, or quilt.

2. Deliver baby blankets, afghans, or quilts to the Hope 2 Others booth, in the front lobby, at Quilt Expo, Sept. 7–9.

3. Not attending Quilt Expo this fall? Ship your blankets, afghans, and quilts to arrive by December 1, 2017 to:

Blanket Donations

Nancy Zieman Productions

211 Corporate Dr, Ste. D

Beaver Dam WI 53916

Your donations will help mothers and babies survive hypothermia in Eastern Africa.

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Quilt Expo each September in Madison WisconsinThank you to Karen, Rick, and the wonderful volunteers at the Hope 2 Others organization. Their efforts have touched my heart. I hope that you, too, will be inspired to help mothers and babies in need through Hope 2 Others, or in your local communities.

Bye for now,
Nancy Zieman The Blog

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25 Comments

  • kate
    February 11, 2017

    It’s 4 a.m. I’m sitting here all nice and warm with running water, how about you? We all take most everything for granted. If this doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, nothing will. Tears well up when I think about a child anyway, this is just intolerable. Start sewing!

  • kate
    February 11, 2017

    I wrote this many years ago to attach to quilts I made for a local charity.

    “Sweet Dreams Little One”

    I don’t remember a time
    I didn’t love a child
    Be it a strangers or mine.

    May “God” keep you from all harm
    Think of this quilt as his loving arms

    Wrapped around you ever so tightly
    May his love in you, forever shine brightly

    In love and hope this quilt was built
    To you sweet child, I give this quilt.

    Katie Aitken 1998
    Cushing, Oklahoma

  • Donna C
    February 11, 2017

    Other than being sized at 36-40″, are there any other specs for the blankets – like fabric content, flannel…?

  • Harriet wetherell
    February 11, 2017

    Already found my joy of sewing for others and have sewn for children of Africa, Applachia in the U.S. and doctors without borders. It would be my pleasure to sew for this cause. Most seniors cannot afford the postage to mail the blankets but if my sister’s in sewing all chip in we will help. Thank you Nancy for the information about the charity.

  • Lucille Messing
    February 11, 2017

    Do these blankets need to be washed before shipping

  • cathy cooley
    February 11, 2017

    I will certainly make some blankets for Africa. What a wonderful idea. Also what is the address or connection for Appalachia donations?

  • Emma Carpenter
    February 11, 2017

    Will be so glad to complete as many as I can and submit to Nancy Zieman Production at the listed address before September 1. If there is further or special information I need to know, please inform me. Thanks for the opportunity to help such a worthwhile cause. Love and joy.

  • Ruth Henrichs
    February 12, 2017

    My two friends from the Chicago area will be joining me at the quilt expo and we each will be making blankets to bring with us! What a great ‘feel good’ opportunity for us to be involved in!!

  • Margaret Johnson
    February 12, 2017

    This is a beautiful story, shame I live too far away in Australia, good luck to all the ladies sewing and sending………………

  • Betty J Kroll
    February 13, 2017

    I understand the size requirements, is there anything about the “batting” or just the front and back flannel to complete this quilt of love.

  • MARGARET VanDalen
    February 16, 2017

    Will be sewing blankets and sending to Nancy Zieman Prod.I look forward to helping out.If any changes please let me know.

  • Terri Young
    February 19, 2017

    I donated about four bins of blankets to hope 2 others. There are NOT any specifications for size! Personally, I thought it was best to make the blankets approximately 44 inches by a yard and a half so the child would have a blanket to use for several years! Also, I had some large pieces of fleese which were thinner material, which I did not cut up and just sent as a very large piece of fabric so the mother could fold it for more warmth and unfolded as a child got older.

  • Lauren
    February 19, 2017

    I’m a 9 year old and interested in making blankets for this project. I want to help the babies in Africa. 🙂

  • Joan Deaver
    August 24, 2017

    Is there a pattern for the fleece baby hats? Where would I look for the pattern? Thanks.

  • Jeannie Wellman
    August 27, 2017

    I have always preferred fat quarters but now I think I will try some jelly rolls. I bought a jelly roll with the intent of making some LaMoyne stars for a quilt, using them in strips sounds like more fun!
    I just saw the show today so that does not leave me enough time to make quite a few hats and blankets by Sept. 1st. Is there someplace I can send them to after the 1st?

  • sharon
    January 2, 2018

    I just saw this and want to help but missed the collection date. will this be a continuing effort or are there others that are in need of baby blankets?

  • Zuratex
    May 30, 2018

    Hi there colleagues, pleasant article and pleasant arguments commented
    here, I am actually enjoying by these.

  • Robin jackson
    June 6, 2018

    I would like to donate blankets to one of your charities, possibly bringing hope 2 others. Are they still accepting donations. Are can I send them?

  • Jeri Bonnette
    August 2, 2018

    I shipped 20 baby quilts, fleece and flannel/cotton blankets to Blanket Donations for Tanzania, in Loving Memory of Nancy Zieman.

    They should arrive in Beaver Dam, WI on August 06, 2018

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