Mittens for Akkol    301 Fairfield Ave.   Bellevue, KY 41073

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       Mittens for Akkol

Our charity knitting group provides warm woolens to children in orphanages in Kazakhstan where winter temperatures dip to 40 BELOW ZERO (The same whether you speak Celsius or Fahrenheit.) At those temperatures, it is cold even inside.

This group was started by two parents who have adopted children from an orphanage in Kazakhstan.  While there, they saw the great need for warm clothing for the children.  In winter, children were outside in the bitter cold with nothing on their hands.  Their only socks were thin polyester socks that provided no insulation against the cold.  Warm woolen items were not available in the local markets.

The children in the orphanages range in age from 3 to 16 years old.  Sizes needed are toddlers’ size 2T to large adult with the greatest need in the size 8 children’s to large adult range. 

Items in order of greatest need are:

  • Socks  6.5” to 11.5” foot length
  • Sweaters
  • Vests
  • Mittens
  • Hats
  • Scarves

Because it is so cold in the winter, knitted or crocheted items must be at least 75% wool, alpaca or other animal fiber.  Acrylic is simply not warm enough. 

Please join us in knitting for these children who have already suffered so greatly in their short lives. To join our group, send a blank email to:

If you would like to help us in our fundraising efforts to get the knitted items to Kazakhstan, send a blank email to:

Thank you for helping the children!

These children were thrilled to receive warm mittens even though the heat was sweltering in August.

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