A different kind of `Boxing Day’

Well, there are still quite a few boxes of new milkbags available at Mr McLaren’s. Enough for everyone!

If you would like to try using new milkbags (clean, shiny, smooth 🙂 ), then this is your chance to pick up a box or two.

If you have a weaving group who eats through bags, then pick up as many as you’d like — since there are so many left, there’s no need to restrict yourselves to just 10 boxes!

So please help clean out the trailer this week. And have a great start to the new year!

… and they’ve arrived!

The latest update on the big shipment from Ottawa …

Mr McLaren made it down to Mississauga and back without incident. He estimates there were between 450 and 500 mats in the trailer + truck that went down (see previous blog post).

And in return — his trailer now has boxes of new milkbags available for pick-up (see this map for directions):

[The trailer] is parked with the back end toward the front of my driveway.  The back door is a ramp. Open the handles on the side and pull on the door and it swings downward easily. (It’s spring loaded so it’s not at all heavy).

Please pick up your boxes (a suggested max. of 10) between Tuesday and Thursday (20-22 Dec.).

So many thank-yous for all the volunteers who’ve made this happen: the weavers and crocheters (and the bag collectors before them!), the drivers for various groups’ mats and bags, McMcLaren for taking everything to CFFC — and returning with boxes of new bags — and Angela Kesthely of Milkbags Unlimited, for so generously offering those boxes. Lots of good will and energy and plain hard work (!) have made this all come together. A pleasure to be part of such a wonderful group of people. Thank you.

And Merry Christmas to you all!

And they’re off … !

After various final drop-offs this past week, the trailer and truck filled with mats and bags has left for the CFFC warehouse in Mississauga!

18-dec-16_mr-mclarens_truck-trailer

There are probably well over 400 mats and bags in total, with deliveries from Barrhaven, Ottawa South, Orleans, as far away as Renfrew (!) — and many points in between. This has been a tremendous collecting point for us over the past half year and now all our efforts are on the road, heading out to help people in a lot of different places around the world. Thank yous go out to everyone involved!

New milkbags coming!

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the Dec 17 drop-off date at Mr McLaren’s trailer. Angela Kesthely posted a comment to it, saying there were boxes of new milkbags to be had at the CFFC warehouse, available for the return trip to Ottawa. Based on our experience with the 300,000 milkbags that ProSoya offered us in July, the boxes should weigh just under 40 lbs each and be roughly  20″ x 15″ x 10″ in size.

We have now coordinated efforts with CFFC — Mr McLaren will be bringing back 70-80 boxes to Ottawa, probably becoming available on Dec 20 — and we must clear them out of the trailer within a few days! So here’s the plan:

  • Sat 17 Dec: deadline for dropping off mats and bags at Mr McLaren’s
  • Sun 18 Dec: trailer goes down to Mississauga, with a stopover in Lindsay
  • Mon 19 Dec: trailer unloaded at CFFC warehouse; boxed milkbags loaded up for return trip
  • Tues-Thurs, 20-22 Dec: boxed milkbags MUST be picked up at Mr McLaren’s

ALL of this is totally dependent on the weather! So be prepared for adjustments.

 

Final drop-off for 2016: Dec 17

Hi, everyone. Well, we’re now into December and Mr McLaren will be getting ready to take his trailer down to Mississauga and the CFFC (Canadian Food for Children) warehouse, with a stop-over in Lindsay to drop items off for Anne Downey. He’d like all deliveries made to the trailer by Saturday, 17 December; he will be heading out the next day, 18 Dec., unless the weather’s bad.

Anne Downey has passed along her wish-list of items; these will be added last to the trailer, so they’ll be easy to find and unload. So here’s Anne’s list:

  • baby things: blankets, sleepers, onesies, clothes, sweaters, etc
  • good used towels, flannel sheets; textiles in general
  • warm clothes
  • winter clothes

Please mark all boxes for Anne Downey with `LINDSAY, so they’re easily identified in the trailer load.

Click on this link for a .pdf map of the drop-off-location. Note that there’s a tree that obscures the street sign (when you’re heading east on Heron Rd.). There’s a tally sheet taped to the inside of the trailer door; please take the time to write how many mats/bags you’ve added, as well as noting any boxes for the Lindsay drop-off. At present, there are about 200 mats.

This will be the last time for Mr McLaren’s trailer this winter. We will have to make other arrangements until either it or another location becomes available next spring, so if you can, hold on to your finished mats and bags. Perhaps share the storage load with a few friends. If anyone has space to offer, please leave a message here in the Comments area.

So – 2 more weeks to get things finished! Thanks, everyone, for making this a really successful drop-off location! And thank you especially, Mr McLaren, for having offered it to us this year – it’s been a marvelous space.

Pillow saga continues …

6 OCT ’16 UPDATE:

As per Nancy Bailey’s comment below (6 Oct ’16), CFFC (Canadian Food for Children) is NOT accepting pillows.

I will strike that info from this post, to avoid any further confusion.

An update on the acceptability of pillows filled with milkbag snippets.

It now seems that there are indeed some places that will take them. So here’s what I know so far:

  • Anything going via Anne Downey in Lindsay — no pillows, please.
  • Nancy Bailey from the Cobourg area sent me a message in late August, saying the following:Hello Christina          FYI

             When I called CFFC, they told me the pillows made
             with the ends of plastic bags was acceptable. This
             was a few months ago.
             Has it changed.

  • Further to the above, Carol Carman of Helping Hands Cobourg wrote to say that mats and pillows could be dropped off in her area, at the ReMax office on Elgin Street, Cobourg. Just be sure to tell the receptionist “that Michael Perry has given the OK.”

In answer to Nancy’s query about whether the policy had changed — I haven’t been in touch with CFFC (Canadian Food For Children) in Mississauga myself so I’d say go with what she’s heard.

So — the long and short of it seems to be that pillows stuffed with snippets are being accepted in some places. As all our stuff is going to CFFC, then pillows should be ok. So it then remains a personal choice, whether you want to make them or not.

 

No pillows with milkbag stuffing, please

This is a follow-up to a comment about pillows, posted on 1 August, 2016, where I wrote that “… the milkbag snippet stuffing will eventually get out of the cloth pillows (a seam breaks, the cloth rots, … ) and cause a great mess”.

Since that time, I’ve gotten in touch with local (Ottawa) charities, as well as the Humane Society — I’m afraid no-one wants to take these pillows, with their snippet stuffing. The Humane Society, I can understand — if a pillow were to burst, the plastic would be ingested, perhaps proving fatal.

I have about half a dozen on hand, so I’ll open them, remove the milkbag snippets, and then add them to unfilled pillow cases that were made by one of our local volunteers from her stash of material. She made a couple hundred at least, when we were all very enthusiastic about the idea. And while it’s disheartening to know all that time and energy (and supplies) have gone to naught, I’m still hopeful that the cases themselves can be passed on to Value Village or some other place, for someone to stuff with more traditional materials.

There are loads of sites that come up in response to googling the words

pillow stuffing types

Here’s just one:

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/buying-guide/understanding-filler-materials-polyfil-pellets-microbeads-beanbag-filler

Note, however, that microbeads have come under scrutiny recently. I like the flaxseed and millet options, further down on the page. I wonder if rice might also work …

In any event, I guess this is sort of like an `official’ announcement (not that I have any standing at all as an official person!) that pillows made with milkbag snippet stuffings are not being accepted, so please don’t make any more.

 

 

 

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