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Video about the Milkbag Project

Here’s a video about the Milkbag Project in the Barrhaven area, which includes a plea for storage and transportation options, issues that have been mentioned a few times in previous posts.

Storage

  • In our area, we don’t have a long-term storage location where people can take their finished mats and bags. Right now, we’re using our basements, garages, sheds, local church basements, … What would be so much better would be a single location, opened perhaps 3-4 times a year for a Saturday morning, for us to drop our finished items off. I’m sure many of us could volunteer to staff such a facility, making sure things are stacked neatly, keeping a tally of everything, and then locking the place up till the next scheduled drop-off.  Ideally — a shipping container!

Transportation

  • The aim is to get finished bags and mats down to the Mississauga warehouse run by Canadian Food for Children. The difficulty for Ottawa-based transportation is that the warehouse closes at noon — pretty hard to get there in the morning unless you leave Ottawa before dawn. But perhaps there’s a company willing to haul a shipping container down there.

Essentially, we’re looking for that critical link to connect volunteers who crochet and weave milkbags into mats and bags with a charity which brings them to people who really need them.  As with so many volunteer efforts, it’s a major missing link, mainly because there’s no money to pay for storage and transport.

But perhaps there are some extra-special volunteers out there who could help bridge the gaps and make the whole undertaking flow so much more smoothly. Here’s hoping!

Storage and transportation

Well, hello there, everyone. It’s almost a new year — 2018 — and we’re still looking for some long-term storage and transportation options for the Ottawa area.

Destination? The CFFC warehouse in Mississauga (CFFC = Canadian Food for Children). Deliveries have to be made before noon, weekdays. That’s a tough sell for anyone in Ottawa driving down — it takes at least till noon to get there! So it’s usually when someone’s visiting family and can then drive the mats/bags over to the warehouse in the morning. But a family trip usually means only 10 or 15 mats can be taken along … while we have hundreds of them, stored in our basements and spare rooms.

The dream? To have something like a transport container that’s available perhaps 4 times a year for drop-offs: we provide volunteers who’ll be in attendance for x number of hours that day, making sure mats and bags are stacked nicely.  And once it’s full, then a transport company that would be willing to take that container to Mississauga — and bring it back empty!

Yup. That’s the dream. Might not be possible for one company to do it all. But if there was one company with a container we could access, and another company that would be willing and able to haul that container to/from Mississauga …

The reality? The Milkbag Project is a grassroots endeavour — there’s no formal entity, there’s no NGO, there are no support funds from any gov’t agency. This is a total 100% volunteer activity. And all that great volunteer activity of collecting milkbags, to keep them out of the landfills,  of crocheting and weaving them into useful items that are needed so desperately in many countries — that all kinda grinds to a halt, waiting for random acts of kindness from yet more volunteers to get them from our homes into the hands of groups like CFFC, who have all the infrastructure in place to do the actual shipping.

Storage and shipping truly are the missing link in this story.

Here in Barrhaven alone, we’re adding some more schools to the weaving side of the Milkbag Project — they are so keen to start using milkbags collected by their students. If only we could find some equally keen — and benevolent — people to help with the stages that come after the weaving (and crocheting) of mats and bags … !

So I hope that perhaps this message will get passed around — by anyone who might know someone … who might know someone … 🙂

Along with good health, this is my biggest wish for the coming year.

Happy New Year, everyone!  Bonne Année à tous.

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