City of Joy: Help West Seattleites reach out to women on the other side of the globe

One week from today, you have the chance to join West Seattle sisters Mary Ellen Cunningham and Libby Cunningham in a drive to assist a project described as part of an “unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate women’s leadership in the context of conflict and disaster zones” – the City of Joy, helping Congolese women and girls heal from unspeakable violence. Next Saturday, February 15th, in the Junction parking lot at 44th/Alaska, they’re hoping you will help fill their U-Haul truck with essential items. But first, their detailed explanation (if you can’t see the window below, here’s the PDF version):

And here’s the list of what they are asking you to donate:

* The preference is for new items (definitely make-up, toiletries and skin care products.) Gently used items are also greatly appreciated.

Solar-powered flashlights
Solar-powered radios
Reading glasses

Garden/work gloves
Garden trowels
Small garden shovels
Sewing supplies – thread, buttons, needles, scissors, embroidery thread
Muslin fabric

Women’s Clothing
Skirts, tops, & light pants (all sizes) NOTE: It is hot & humid in Congo. We need clothes in bright colors and light fabrics. NOT Seattle clothes! ☺
Durable flip-flops
Sneakers (size 7-10)
Socks (bright colors to fit shoe size 7-10)
Underwear & bras (all sizes)

Toiletries & Personal Care
Towels – bath, hand and wash cloths (bright colors)
Moisturizing lotion

Again, the collection event is next Saturday (February 15th), 10 am-2 pm, so you have time to gather up items and be ready to drop them off.

11 Replies to "City of Joy: Help West Seattleites reach out to women on the other side of the globe"

  • Amber mackey February 8, 2014 (4:04 pm)

    I live in west seattle and need warm clothes and blankets. Womens sweaters, skarves, gloves and waterproof coat. Please help a person in your community that has worked hard but in need of assistance making it through the cold months.
    Thank you.

  • MCSD February 8, 2014 (4:28 pm)

    ME & L – You two are always doing so many great things! Impressive and inspiring. I will be sure to bring some things your way.

  • Mark February 8, 2014 (4:56 pm)

    I will bring what I can Saturday. Way to go Mary Ellen and LIbby. The world is all but ignoring the unforgivable brutality these innocent people are facing in the Congo on a constant basis.

  • JayDee February 8, 2014 (5:11 pm)

    When you say radios, do you mean AM/FM or Shortwave?

    Is a battery-powered flashlight (there are some Red Cross ones on Amazon that can charge phones) more important than a radio?

  • JayDee February 8, 2014 (5:17 pm)

    Also there are hand-cranked Radios/flashlights–are solar-powered preferred?

  • Leslie February 8, 2014 (6:21 pm)

    Don’t know Mary Ellen but Libby’s always been a rockstar! Am in.

  • sc February 8, 2014 (6:52 pm)

    You list muslin but would any lightweight cotton be ok? If so all West Seattle sewers check for fabric that was bought and never used! I know I have some that I will bring next Saturday.

  • what she said February 9, 2014 (7:25 am)

    I am happy to see people helping others, but why not start in our own back yard. I know the situations are hard to compare but we have many very real causes here in America.

  • vic February 9, 2014 (12:34 pm)

    Hours for gathering goods on February 15?

  • WSB February 9, 2014 (12:37 pm)

    It’s in the last line of the story.

  • Mary Ellen February 9, 2014 (5:20 pm)

    Muslin fabric was specifically asked for. I think other light-weight fabric would be appreciated.

    As for radios…AM/FM over shortwave. Solar-powered are definitely preferred. Batteries are expensive and hard to come by. The radio/flashlight combos are great.

    Thank you all for your comments and offers to help.

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