This is all because my mom called me a spoiled brat on facebook...can you even believe her? (don't answer)
my church has a super-organized world-wide humanitarian effort, and the service missionaries who work in that area have given lists of supplies that are the most beneficial to third-world families with babies.
in places where women are bringing home their babies wrapped in newspapers, without hygenic means of changing and washing them (please, just imagine yourself in that situation for a moment), there are some basic items that really help:
- 1 double receiving blanket
- 4 flat fold (single thickness) cloth diapers.
- 4 diaper safety pins
- 1 pair booties or baby socks
- 2 regular-size bars of non-allergenic soap
- 1 newborn layette gown
i need donations of the following items to equal these amounts:
- 40 double receiving blanket (see receiving blanket guidelines below)
- 160 flat fold (single thickness) cloth diapers- 100% cotton birdseye Cloth or 100% cotton diaper flannel approximately 25". Please do not use pre-folded or disposable diapers.
- 160 diaper safety pins
- 40 pair booties or baby socks
- 80 regular-size bars of soap (ivory or other non-allergenic brand)
- 40 newborn layette gown (please, no footed sleepers)
- 40 2 gallon sized ziploc bags
receiving blanket guidelines:
- fabrics: cotton flannel or lightweight fleece
- size: two pieces of fabric, each between 36" square and 45" square
- you may also use a medium weight fleece. it needs to be a single layer, 36" by 36" with the edges serged.
to make the blanket:
- with right sides facing each other, sew the two pieces of fabric together with a ¼" seam around the edges. leave a 6" opening.
- turn the blanket so the right side is out.
- you may also serge two pieces together, no turning needed.
- baste opening edges and topstitch around the entire blanket for durability.
- sew a 10" square in the center to keep the fabric from shifting.
- a narrow crocheted edge or piping border is acceptable but not required.