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i'm going to organize a handmade gift basket for kati kim and her daughters.

if you're interested in participating, please send an email to susie (at) boygirlparty.com titled "kim family gift"
***please include your name, phone number, and items you might be sending
(if you know them).

the phone number is important in case something happens to your shipment and i need to contact you about it.

for the not-crafty, monetary donations can be made to the family at: http://jamesandkati.com/

for the basket:

you may send one, two or three gifts - please don't send more than that.
kati is a very stylish lady with a clean aesthetic. click around here and you'll get an idea of her taste: http://www2.doe-sf.com/shop/whatsnew.html

for kati: i think what may work best in terms of gift giving are things that either are necessities, things she may need at this time like blank/greeting cards, picture frames, scrapbook/photo albums, non-perishable food items, teas , etc. anything that will provide comfort to the family at this time.
kati does not wear much jewelry, i'm sorry, jewelers!
please do not include a bunch of advertising extras for your business, this is meant to be a gift, not a sales pitch!
please no religious items either, as i don't know what religion the kims are.

**update: kati loves forest animals such as squirrels, deer, birds, etc. so those would be fine to adorn any gifts for sabine or kati. penelope really loves horses. kati also loves san francisco things. please send 12-24 month old sized baby things if you're making baby things for sabine!

please make sure all items are safe for children that you send! they seem to like animals a lot, so that seems like a good place to start.

please, of course, feel free to include short, sensitive notes of love and sympathy.
also feel free to label which gift is for which member of the family.

gifts must arrive no later than thursday, december 14th. DO NOT send me packages after that date, please!!
i know that's not a lot of time, i'm sorry - but i want to make sure she gets some love in the mail a.s.a.p.
my mailing address is:
susie ghahremani
p.o. box 16616
san diego, ca 92176
please email me if you need to send items via fed ex or ups and i'll give you a non-P.O. address.

i will wrap everything up in a big package and send it to kati. i'm more than happy to pay for postage to kati, of course. thanks, everybody, i know this will be great.

** please repost freely among the craft community. the permalink for this post is http://boygirlparty.livejournal.com/164525.html **

if you will be in l.a. at felt club on dec 9th, i can receive items clearly marked "for the kim family" then.
any questions? post them here.


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Dec. 6th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, I hope it's okay, I posted this over at the Switchboards. I guess I should have asked first!! We are all so sad over there.

We want to send something - me and Matt... let me think of what.
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
please repost, of course!
(no subject) - boygirlparty - Dec. 6th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - grassfire - Dec. 7th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
i live in canada so it wont get to you by the 14th(i have mailed extensively to the usa, and xpress takes just as long from my experience)
i would like to send some little lotions and stuff, could you email what you think i should do? magicboots@gmail.com
my heart goes out to them
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
good question. if there's absolutely no way to mail things by the 14th, that's ok, it's short notice. i will do a second round of gifts a little bit down the line. for this round, you and anyone else are welcome to email a message to the family and i'll include it in the package.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Dec. 7th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
This is such a great idea. I think I will try to knit kitty hats for the girls. Can I give them to you at Felt Club?
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
yes, please! that's a great idea.
(no subject) - xoxoblythe - Dec. 6th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - boygirlparty - Dec. 6th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
such a great idea. i've already emailed you.
Dec. 7th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
thank you so, so much for participating. it's going to be wonderful.
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try to remember to bring some notecards to Felt Club. Otherwise, I'll mail them to you.
Dec. 6th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
thanks, christine. you're a doll.
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
hi susie, just wanted to say hi - this is so horrible - cant stop thinking of them all. Its so frightening, how wonderful life can be so fragile. It just makes me want to be with my love right now.

I hope that you are well. Ill try and think if there's anything i can contribute to your package that is appropriate, ill let you know. its a wonderful idea so thank you.

Dec. 6th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
anything you make would be great as a gift for this family, sharilyn. kati would love your aesthetic.
(no subject) - sharilyn - Dec. 7th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
hey susie, wednesday is the 13th.
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
thanks. ok thursday the 14th then!
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
that is a wonderful idea, susie. this whole thing is just breaking my heart.

i will probably bump into you at felt club... should i bring something there, or would mail be easier for you?
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
mail is definitely easier for me, but bringing things to felt club are ok too.
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful and loving thing, thank you.
I will do my best to get something to you asap.
Dec. 6th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
thank you so, so much! please don't forget to send your info to me (details above) and feel free to repost.
(no subject) - pippikneesocks - Dec. 6th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 6th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
all i have are printed posters and i don't know if thats appropriate.. but i'm totally willing to help out any other way.
Dec. 6th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
shit that was me.
(no subject) - boygirlparty - Dec. 7th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 7th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
I wonder what I could send that might make them smile. When I've lost a loved one, things I thought special when everything was okay seem so empty. I sent what money I could to the donation link at jamesandkati.com .

It is so sad.
Dec. 7th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
i'm hopeful that anything made with love, and especially those that suit their tastes, will just make them feel like there are people around them who care, and perhaps especially add some brightness to an otherwise difficult holiday season.
Dec. 7th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
this is a beautiful idea.
my heart aches for this family....they have really touched so many of people.
thanks for doing this susie....you're pretty special yourself.
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
I just heard about James Kim today on NPR and I'm just sick at heart for the family. What a terrible thing. Thanks for posting this.
Dec. 7th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say, you're amazing for putting this together.
Dec. 7th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
thank you, i don't feel amazing though, this feels like something i should be doing. i think kati's amazing.
Dec. 7th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
I would love to make a photo album/scrapbook. I won't be able to get it to you before felt club, but I will get it to you next week! I made a book with a oregon map cover the day they went missing, I obviously didn't discover it until almost a week later when I heard the news. I really don't think it would be appropriate though.

Thanks for offering a way for us to do something, anything to help.
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
an SF map covered thing would be appropriate though, she loves stuff with SF maps on them...
(no subject) - brokenpress - Dec. 7th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - boygirlparty - Dec. 7th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 7th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
I want to send something too
Dec. 7th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
please do! read the above and it's all laid out for you.
Dec. 7th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
from charlie..
susie, you are wonderful for doing this.

a few notes: you're right-on about kati, everything you said is perfect. ditto on the earrings thing, she doesn't wear them often. necklaces yes, earrings and bracelets no. she keeps the girls in stylish clothes, loves handmade (handknit scarves or caps?) and indie-designer tees and stuff like that.
as i said in my email, penelope really like horses. teas, and non-perishable items would be appropriate because i'm not sure when they're going to come home. i really like the picture frame and scrapbook idea, though we might want to avoid a lot of glass, just in case of breakage.

thanks, susie..
Dec. 7th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: from charlie..
thank you so much for checking in, charlie! i'm sure you're just completely drained right now, but i really appreciate your help in advising this project so it can be the best gift for kati and her family possible. i included some of your comments above in a revised post and will post again tomorrow.
Dec. 7th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Oh yeah.. remembered another thing: kati is really, specifically, into forest animals, and forest-themed stuff. so mushrooms, dear, squirrels, birds, etc. maybe not a lot of things with trees on them, in this instance. you know. okay. i think that's it for now.
Dec. 7th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
Bless your heart for doing this. I'll be mailing stuff to you tomorrow.
Dec. 7th, 2006 05:59 am (UTC)
thank you so much! please don't forget to read all the above info, i think it'll be helpful. and don't forget to email me the details as well! thank you thank you.
Dec. 7th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
i just finished a hat for kati, i will bring it to felt club, this is a brilliant idea! thank you
Dec. 7th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
I heard about this really sad story and I would love to participate in your gift basket project, so I made a little deer brooch for Kati. I doubt it will make it to San Diego in time though, since its journey will start here in Germany. But as you said before, you will send another package some time.
Thanks for coming up with this wonderful idea!

Dec. 7th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
hi anne, i see you're not a livejournal member but i hope you get this. if you're unable to make the dec 14th deadline, you can either hold on to your lovely brooch until the next round, if there is a next round, or you can send it to the family c/o cnet.
The Kim Family
c/o CNET Networks
235 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dec. 7th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
this is an awesome idea.
my husband and i just sent some financial support.
so sad.
Dec. 7th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
i want to send something(it wont make it there for the first lot..but hopefully the second)

thanks so much for setting this up.
Dec. 7th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
hello! if you're unable to make the dec 14th deadline, you can either hold on to your gift until the next round, if there is a next round, or you can send it to the family c/o cnet.
The Kim Family
c/o CNET Networks
235 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
thank you!
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Dec. 7th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
It's hearbreaking, my heart goes out to the family.

Susie, I think this is a wonderful idea and I would love to contribute something, I'll try to think of something appropriate and drop it off to you at Felt Club.
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