JD Kahle – Humanitarian Volunteer Making a Difference in 37.5® Technology
We were awestruck when we received this note from humanitarian worker JD Kahle. Thanks to all volunteers who are helping refugees and those seeking asylum get to a safer place.
“Incredible!! If I were a man of few words, the above would be my product review. However, as my friends and peers will attest, JD loves the sound of his own voice for a great cause.
My field assignment was changed due to the massive and continuing flood of refugees migrating to Europe due to the ongoing Syrian War. Whereas refugee camp field work is manual and paced due to the desert heat, the days and nights in Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary were spent constantly walking (and sweating) with the stream of families, helping them as they advanced through the countries and the increasingly non-welcoming borders. Since laundry facilities are non-existent in a field migration situation, the dryness and odorless qualities of the shirts were a “37.5-send” (see what I did there?). Plus, the air was not desert-arid but heavily humid. Sweating was unyielding but the shirts kept my body from becoming drenched. Then when the temperatures plummeted at dusk, I wasn’t chilled like I usually am in a 100% cotton tee.
I noticed too that they dried very quickly. Since we were all sleeping outdoors with the refugees, I would “wash” the shirts when possible in a puddle before going to sleep and spread them on the ground. They would air dry in about 3-4 hours. Not clean, but dry… good enough. As a skier and a hiker, I understand the mission and now the technical science behind 37.5/Cocona. But standing in a humid field in Serbia, watching 1000s of men and women literally running for their lives, carrying their worldly possessions in shopping bags and their children in their arms, I hope your team recognizes the heart and the humanity that your clothing provided. For a field worker, being able to help without personal hindrance is truly a gift.
And please take comfort in knowing that I washed the shirts in a laundry on my last night (Saturday) and gave them to a Dad and his 4-year-old-son who were sleeping in the Budapest train station. They told me that they had been waiting for the government to open the train lines to Germany for 3 days and they were wet and cold. His son really loved the orange one since one of his favorite books that he left behind in Syria is, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
Thank you again for the shirts!! JD”