Luxury gulet East Meets West
Istanbul skyline
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women and men trying to cross the sea to Europe.
Often people will ask why they try to cross the sea, why not stay in Turkey. Well, more than two million Syrians are displaced
in Turkey; many have made their own temporary makeshift camps in fields and by roadsides; around half a million are in
refugee camps. But it isn't enough.

Living in Marmaris. we only see refugees on tv or facebook and wondered what we could do to help when I stumbled upon
an organisation based in Kusadasi (about 5 hours north of here by car) and run by Dianne Jones. She set up L.I.L.Y just
four years ago and has galvanised people from around the world into knitting or crocheting blankets and clothing.

She has received 2,409,280 squares and sent out
37,645 full size blankets and 24,800 baby blankets. She has given out
36,000 pairs of socks
12,461 baby socks/booties
16,784 pairs gloves/mittens
35,587 cardigans/sweaters
12,600 scarves/cowls

Whoever would have thought that using up any spare wool from the back of a cupboard could make such a difference.

Many of you have already been making a difference when onboard East Meets West by bringing donations of wool and
knitting or crocheting blankets. These are just some of your creations and I thank you.
Help For Refugees - a simple request
Ways You Can Help LILY
East Meets West gulet
© Adil Bektas Yat Isletmesi
a blanket for refugees
Passengers knitting for charity
making blankets for refugees
a blanket for refugees
a blanket for refugees
Meet Dianne Jones
" I'm a Brit living in Turkey. i came to live here 11yrs ago. I am married
to Mehmet and we've been married 6yrs. I have a daughter Clare who
is married to Paul and they live in Manchester England and now have
2 beautiful grand- daughters Gracie and Eliza making me a very
proud Nana. I spend most of my time Knitting these days, either
designing my own patterns or knitting for charity.
If you love to knit or crochet then please make 8"
scarves, sweaters and socks are all gratefully
helpers will make them up into blankets.
click here
for LILY postal details

- to help with transport costs for blankets and clothing
for Syrian children
- to support the new LILY drop-in centre in Kusadasi
- to provide flour for the Syria Bread Appeal providing
bread for 5 villages
click here to make a donation in Pounds Sterling
I  founded 'LILY' Love In the Language of Yarn in memory of my
granddaughter Lily Iris Gibson who was born sleeping 18th July
2010. We provide knitted garments and blankets for children in need.
When I'm not knitting I'm blogging or taking photographs."
blanket for refugees