Like you, we've been following the plight of refugees for some time now, watching harrowing footage on tv of children,
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
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.
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