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heatherg23
04-08-2008, 04:57 PM
I found a link from a posting on this site so i thought I'd put it on this forum. The website is http://www.rectangle6x9.org/

They ask people to create 6inch by 9 inch blocks. Every 2-3 months they get a group of volunteers togethor to sew 49 of these blocks togethor to make Afgans. Then they deliver them to military hospitals. They have delivered over 1,000 Afgans there site says. They even made it on Fox News. There's a link to the article on their homepage in the top right corner.

The best thing about it is that there's no way I could make an entire blanket by myself and making 6 x 9 inch blocks is perfect.

Thanks for listening:thumbsup:
Heather

salos
04-09-2008, 01:20 PM
Thanks, Heather. :heart: I help with this project. You can do as little or as much as you want.

PeattieWa
04-09-2008, 03:16 PM
I have also made rectangles for this organization. The blankets get distributed all over the US and overseas as well. This project is near and dear to me as I have a son in the Air Force. There is no minimum amount to send either as they appreciate each rectangle that arrives.

Becky

StarStrong
01-10-2010, 08:59 AM
To our Rectangle Makers ... thought it would be fun to throw a challenge out there for everyone making 6”x9” rectangles for our March Put Together Event…. here it is:

I challenge you to make one rectangle using a new stitch! :knitting:

It can be a combination that is different than you’ve done before. Like something other than garter like a basket weave
for our advanced people - add a cable or a heart into the pattern

So ….. will you take my challenge and if so…. what stitch will YOU be trying? :X:

StarStrong
11-29-2010, 10:08 AM
Help us continue to thank our wounded Service Men and Women.
HAP is accepting new Members for a limited time until 1/21/11.

Join us or tell a friend, who crochets or knits, & help to make handmade afghans for those who have given so much for us and for our country.

Email Rectangle6x9@comcast.net before making any rectangles to get information on HAP Membership. (Registration is a two part process).

HAP only accepts Rectangles from registered Members.
http://www.rectangle6x9.org

StarStrong
12-07-2010, 08:11 AM
Today seemed a good day to again share this note received in 2009:
----- Forwarded Message -----
To: Rectangle6x9@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Subject: FW: Afghan shipment

Deborah,

Thank you for the afghans. I have a great story.....Our hospitality cart was giving items to the soldiers last week and there was a WWII veteran / patient. Our volunteer gave him a red/white/blue afghan, the gentleman pulled it up to his chin and started crying, he then began talking with our volunteer for the next hour. When our volunteer left, the family followed and told the volunteer that the gentleman had not spoken at all over the last two weeks. There is so much love in those blankets!

There are no words that can express our thanks!
V/R
Linda

Assistant Station Manager
American Red Cross
Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC & Pope AFB, NC

Reminder that membership to The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project (HAP) is open until January 21, 2011. If you would like to make rectangles please send an email to Rectangle6x9@comcast.net *before* starting.

gmmarton
12-09-2010, 09:50 PM
Deborah,

That is one of the compelling stories I've ever heard. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for all that you do.

dawn1838
12-11-2010, 11:51 PM
Today seemed a good day to again share this note received in 2009:
----- Forwarded Message -----
To: Rectangle6x9@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Subject: FW: Afghan shipment

Deborah,

Thank you for the afghans. I have a great story.....Our hospitality cart was giving items to the soldiers last week and there was a WWII veteran / patient. Our volunteer gave him a red/white/blue afghan, the gentleman pulled it up to his chin and started crying, he then began talking with our volunteer for the next hour. When our volunteer left, the family followed and told the volunteer that the gentleman had not spoken at all over the last two weeks. There is so much love in those blankets!

There are no words that can express our thanks!
V/R
Linda

Assistant Station Manager
American Red Cross
Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC & Pope AFB, NC

Reminder that membership to The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project (HAP) is open until January 21, 2011. If you would like to make rectangles please send an email to Rectangle6x9@comcast.net *before* starting.

That was so sweet. I have sent an e-mail asking to join your project. Hope to hear from you soon.

StarStrong
12-31-2010, 11:08 AM
Help make handmade afghans for those wounded in service to our country!!

Membership to HAP - The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project - is only open until January 21, 2011.

Don't miss this opportunity to come together with over 1,500 Volunteers to show our wounded Service Men & Women that we remember and we care!!!

Email Rectangle6x9@comcast.net before making any rectangles to get information on HAP Membership. (Registration is a two part process).
HAP only accepts Rectangles from registered Members.
http://www.rectangle6x9.org
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CoolWool
12-31-2010, 12:47 PM
This is such a cool idea that I sent an email asking to take part. I'm really excited! :knitting:

StarStrong
01-14-2011, 08:00 AM
Just ONE week left to register to
help make rectangles for handmade afghans going to those wounded in service to our country!!

Membership to HAP - The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project - is only open until January 21, 2011.

Don't miss this opportunity to come together with over 1,500 Volunteers to show our wounded Service Men & Women that we remember and we care!!!

Email Rectangle6x9@comcast.net before making any rectangles to get information on HAP Membership. (Registration is a two part process).
HAP only accepts Rectangles *made* registered Members.
http://www.rectangle6x9.org

StarStrong
01-18-2011, 03:02 PM
This Friday is it!!
Last chance to join
The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project
(HAP)
and help us thank those wounded in service to our country!!

If you want to make rectangles to go into our handmade afghans you must be a registered HAP Member!!
To join ~ send an email NOW to Rectangle6x9@comcast.net
After this Friday people requesting membership will be turned away.
Hate to have that happen to YOU!

HAP is in its 7th year of being a 100% Volunteer project ~ founded, run and supported all by Volunteers!!

RuthieinMaryland
01-19-2011, 05:25 PM
Hi, Deb! :waving:

I've gone through the process of registering as a HAP member and am now just awaiting the Administrative OK! This is so super.

I checked out the website and got caught up in reading all the letters of thanks this group's received for the wonderful work it's done. It was awesome, I couldn't stop reading!

My hat's off to everyone who is contributing and also to those who do the finishing work. It's amazing how much goes into a project like this so I really want to acknowledge this group for it's truly humanitarian work.

I KNOW these soldiers, sailors, airmen & women and marines are grateful for the warmth and love that these afghans wrap around them when they're at a very low point in their lives, many of them struggling just to stay alive.

I've been a professional artist for many years and one of the things I know for sure is that what an artist feels when creating a piece of work goes, somehow, into that piece of art. So I know that the love and good wishes that go from loving hands into knitted rectangles does communicate to the recipients, whether they are awake and aware or not.

I'll be proud to help out with this wonderful project!!!!

Thanks for the opportunity! :yay:
:hug:


Ruthie

StarStrong
01-20-2011, 02:48 PM
Reminder - the deadline is tomorrow!!

This Friday is it!!
Last chance to join
The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project
(HAP)
and help us thank those wounded in service to our country!!

If you want to make rectangles to go into our handmade afghans you must be a registered HAP Member!!
To join ~ send an email NOW to Rectangle6x9@comcast.net
After this Friday people requesting membership will be turned away.
Hate to have that happen to YOU!

HAP is in its 7th year of being a 100% Volunteer project ~ founded, run and supported all by Volunteers!!

thisisme7899
01-21-2011, 09:25 AM
I found a link from a posting on this site so i thought I'd put it on this forum. The website is http://www.rectangle6x9.org/

They ask people to create 6inch by 9 inch blocks. Every 2-3 months they get a group of volunteers togethor to sew 49 of these blocks togethor to make Afgans. Then they deliver them to military hospitals. They have delivered over 1,000 Afgans there site says. They even made it on Fox News. There's a link to the article on their homepage in the top right corner.

The best thing about it is that there's no way I could make an entire blanket by myself and making 6 x 9 inch blocks is perfect.

Thanks for listening:thumbsup:
Heather

That is SUCH an awsome Idea! :cheering: Thank you so much for getting this started!:yay:
:woot: :happydance: You should get millions of gold stars!!!!
-Moriah

StarStrong
01-21-2011, 11:33 AM
Very important.....
The HAP Website has a mistake on it (our WebMaster is working on getting it corrected):

Membership closes TODAY - Friday, January 21, 2011.

You must be a registered Member to contribute rectangles.
You can still register TODAY (1/21/2011) - email a note to Rectangle6x9@comcast.net

After TODAY (1/21/2011) Membership is closed (the website will be corrected ASAP to reflect this) and requests for membership will be denied.

StarStrong
01-22-2011, 01:58 AM
Membership to
The Handmade Afghans to Thank Our Armed Forces Project (HAP)
is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has joined our efforts to thank those wounded in service to our country!! :yay:

Welcome Aboard!! :thumbsup:

sgtpam
01-22-2011, 01:59 PM
Hi, Deb! :waving:

I've gone through the process of registering as a HAP member and am now just awaiting the Administrative OK! This is so super.

I'll be proud to help out with this wonderful project!!!!

Thanks for the opportunity! :yay:
:hug:


Ruthie

Glad you joined us...see you on the HAP forum...:hug: there's a Ravelry group, too if you're interested http://www.ravelry.com/groups/handmade-afghans-project---hap

Clarity
04-15-2011, 05:02 AM
I knew I bought a 400g of Aran for something. Been trying to find uses for it, and this looks like the best one

fatoldladyinpjs
04-15-2011, 08:19 PM
The afghans are a great idea, but how about doing something for vets every day? When I see a vet with a jacket or cap that shows his military service, I thank him for his military service for our country. You have no idea what a thrill it gives him to hear this.

Some of you are too young to know this. There was an incident in Mai Lai, Vietnam where an entire village was wiped out by US troops. Some of them said they were only following orders. They were brought up for court martial and it was a big scandal that was all over the news.

Because of this, Vietnam War protesters would go up to these vets after they came home, spit on them, and call them all baby killers. I remember news footage of protesters who spit on a vet in a wheelchair who had lost both of his legs over there. This just wasn't right. While draft dodgers ran away to Canada, these guys stayed and did their duty.

Please, especially thank Vietnam vets. They didn't get the hero's welcome they deserved. Okay, so I'm done with my spiel, but I just had to get that in so folks would understand.

gdcleanfun
04-03-2013, 09:15 AM
Thank you ever so much for your post. My husband was one of the soldiers that people spit on. Now he just beams when someone thanks him and shakes his hand and says, "Welcome home, Brother!" Positively beams! What a difference a few decades make!