The Blanket Party: May 1st update

The Blanket Party was three months ago, but now and then a donation still trickles in, most recently $500 from a groups of preschoolers!! That donation and the many others from all you kind people have brought the total to $4008. Thank you so much, everyone!

$2500 for a washer has already been delivered to the Sodo Hospital in Ethiopia. The staff there ended up deciding that a commercial washer would not be the best way to meet the laundry need. Electricity comes and goes there, and the specialized parts needed for any repairs would be expensive and slow to arrive. Instead they were able to purchase two wringer-style washers (much easier to repair as needed) plus one dryer, which should be of great assistance especially during the rainy season when it can take days for clothes to dry on the clothesline.

The rest of the money will be divided equally between baby blankets, the projects of Dr. Mary , (a devoted worker there in Ethiopia), and the Soddo Hospital surgery fund. That fund was set up for the many patients who cannot afford to have surgery. $80 is all it takes, but most people cannot afford even that.

My sister leaves for Ethiopia May 30th, and my parents leave in early July. If you’re so inclined, please pray that their preparations go smoothly and that their work there is productive. And thanks so much to all of you who were moved to help people in need.

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  1. Thanks for the update! It’s nice to know that they actually got 2 washers and a dryer rather than just one washer!

  2. Hi Mary,

    When you get a chance, could you email me? I’d like to combine forces for Ethiopia. Am considering a forming a nonprofit, but perhaps there are already enough in place that need help? I’m not wealthy by any means, but feel called to help our adopted country in any way I can. Look forward to “chatting” with you!


  3. A friend and classmate from high school (I attended Rift Valley Academy from 1990- 1994) works at Soddo hospital. How great that you helped get them more desperately needed items!

    I love your blog by the way and marched myself to Albertsons this afternoon after reading your entry. Thanks for all the tips.


  4. Jade Ryan Baker says:


    My grandmother and a few ladies make patchwork blankets for various organizations, domestic and international, as both a way to occupy themselves in retirement and as a way to give back. Could they use that type of blanket? They’re “old-school” patchwork – made from whatever scrap fabric people donate or from what my grandmother picks up cheap by the box at yard sales and auctions. In other words, grandma is where I get my frugal nature 🙂

    Please e-mail me when you get a chance!