Let’s review the bidding: IB♥L3D

I’m seeing some people wander in to the site these days — some of you are blogging about IB♥L3D, and some of you are mentioning it on forums and other hidden places.

Thank you.  Thank you for spreading the world.  IB♥L has and always will be a grass roots effort.  Word of mouth, and personal testimony, are what has made it the success it is.

So, for all of you who just wandered in here, hello.  I’m IBOL Guy, and I’ll be your cruise director.

IBOL started in 2009, on my last little adventure here in Iraq.  It was timed to coincide with Ramadan, and was intended to facilitate linking security forces to people — Iraqi security forces, that is, with Iraqi people.  Great folks form around the world made and sent bundles to me at my home-away-from-home in Northern Iraq, and I assembled and moved them about so that they could be distributed across the region.

It was kinda successful — 3445 bundles, totally about 30,000 lbs of sewing, quilting and knitting stuff.

And, it was totally unsanctioned by the military.  With the help of volunteers, in Iraq and here and there, the whole thing was done without being a burden on the units, and without involving money (free website, free this, free that).

It seemed like a good idea, so much so that in 2010, the Provincial Reconstruction Team for the Salah ad Din Province (where I had been) asked to do a smaller version — IBOL II.  That was about 900 bundles.

I am in Iraqi again, for my 4th tour (do I get a prize?), and we’ve started IB♥L3D a little early.  A unit here has asked for a surge of 500 bundles, for a special project, so that’s underway right now.  We’re leaning forward for Ramadan again this year (around August), and plan to do a bigger push then.

Have I caught your interest?  Leave a comment and I will send you all kinds of details.


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32 Responses to “Let’s review the bidding: IB♥L3D”

  1. stephanie allgood Says:

    I’ve blogged, and I’m collecting fabric from friends, neighbors, and my church congregation. So I should be able to meet my 10 bundle goal, and maybe more!! I’ll mail some on Monday, and some more on Tuesday!

  2. Caryn Castellan Says:

    I will be sending one or two bundles — will mail on Monday at the latest. But I do need the address. . .


  3. Jan Says:

    Hey, IBOL Guy!

    Good to see you doing this again! I came to check on the bundle count, as directed, and I notice that the upper right-hand block is out-of-date, mentioning IBOL II.

    Stay safe, and thank you for your service to our country, and to IBOL!

  4. Gwen Says:

    Sign me up again! 🙂

  5. Deb Says:

    I’m in. Send me the address AND stay safe.

  6. Sarah N Says:

    I want the details!

  7. jeanne lese Says:

    I’m in too. Please send me the address and the secret password and details on how to get my secret decoder ring. (OK just kidding about the last two.) (Although they would be cool.)

  8. Cathy Winter Says:

    Please send the necessities … Glad to participate again!
    I sent 2 boxes for IBOL and then sent 2 more for IBOL 2. Can pack another one for IBOL3D … maybe I’ll pack two bundles (keep up with my own routine — I have too much and clearly need to downsize — mostly cotton quilting fabrics).

    Thanks for getting IBOL3D up and running!

  9. Jeanne Massingill Says:

    Please send me whatever I need to know. I have 2 boxes ready.

  10. Char Says:

    I’m in! please send the address to me. thanks!

  11. Apalimpsest Says:

    I’ll have a bundle ready Monday, just need the address and it’s out the door. Thanks for all your efforts to coordinate this wonderful project.

  12. Angie Says:

    Please send me the address.

  13. Nancy S Says:

    Please send me the address—I’m ready for round 3.

  14. Gwen Says:

    Oops, can you please re-send me the address? Sorry… Thanks! 🙂

  15. Teresa Gemignani Says:

    Sign me up! I would like to get together 5 bundles with some friends.
    Thanks for another opportunity!

  16. Karen Musgrave Says:

    Please send me details! I would like to participate again.

  17. Lindie Says:

    I have 1 bundle ready to send. Please send me the mailing information.

    Thank you!

  18. Alison Skier Says:

    I would love to participate! Wonderful idea and work you are doing. Please send me details. Thanks…and stay safe.

  19. Anne Wilkins Says:

    I’m ready – already packing boxes for shipment.

  20. Jeanne Says:

    My son and nephew have been in Iraq. I’d like to do my part! Please send me the address and deadline. Bless you for linking us with the Iraqi people.

  21. melanie Says:

    Please send the address. I don’t know if I’ll be able to fill another 19 boxes, but it’s time to start on the yarn.

    Stay safe, IBOL guy, and thanks for all you do.

  22. jill Says:

    I’d love to commit to one box, and I’ll see if I can’t get my workroom group to help do more than that. Please send info including deadline and address and I’ll get to work.

    And thank you!

  23. Melinda Says:

    Send me the address and I will get a couple of bundles in the mail.

  24. Nikki Says:

    Hi there,
    I’d love to put a bundle together – please let me know all the details! Thank you for doing this.

  25. Suzanne Thompson Says:

    What a blessing for bundelers and bundlees! I started “cleaning” my studio at 4 am this morning and NOW I have a place to send all the orphan fabric and notions. Now I need a box (I can handle this part) and an address to send said box.
    Thank you!

  26. Amy O'Donoghue Says:

    Please send me the address and particulars, I can a box in the mail ASAP.

  27. Jean Says:

    Hi there, could you please send me info please?. I would love to participate.

  28. R Says:

    I’m so glad that you are doing this again. Please send me your address. Please stay safe.

  29. Tami Says:

    I have a bundle of mostly yarn I can send. Please let me know the address.

  30. Susan Dean Says:

    I’d like to send a bundle!! 🙂 Thanks to Gwen @ afterthedress.blogspot.com for sharing the IBOL fever with me! 🙂

  31. Ann Jessup Says:

    I’m kind of late to the party, but would like to send a bundle if I haven’t passed your deadline. I so enjoyed doing this for IBOL1 and thank you for keeping it going. So if I’m not too tardy, please send me the address and the deadline. Thank you!!

  32. Karen Rips Says:

    Hi IBOL,
    I’ve collected enough for a few boxes and would like the address.

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