Used! New! torn! Whatever! The primary things we're collecting now are:
* prefolds, preemie through toddler, with an emphasis on the preemie/infant--if you're diapering 15 lb 2 year olds, they're in the tiny sizes for a looooooooong time
* receiving blankets, other blankets, crib sheets, twin sheets. bedding is EXTREMELY expensive in Ukraine--$7-9 for a large receiving blanket! Keep in mind the orphanage raises these kids on $.86 a DAY, each. Now imagine coughing up $7 for a blanket when when you get $.86 a day per kid.
* money for food. $5 will feed a baby an extra 16 oz of formula each day for a MONTH. You can donate $ directly via PayPal at http:/www.abrah.org/kherson/index.html
but if there's something else--covers, pins, snappis, shoes--anything on the list for Kherson at the abrah website--I'll happily collect it.
Thanks so much for being such caring mamas! I got into this effort when I learned that at a different orphanage they didn't have enough diapers--babies 12 months and over were denied liquids between meals and had to sit in bowls (chamber pots) after meals until they eliminated. The picture of 15 kids sitting in bowls, their heads shaved (because when you have 100 kids, it's the easiest way to control lice), tiny but smiling, broke my heart. That was 4 months ago and since then this has been my project.
We're going to Ukraine in 2004 and we might come home with one of those tiny kids!