How you can help

We would like your help...

Patients at State hospitals and clinics in South Africa are typically destitute, malnourished, as well as being very sick or injured. Many are jobless, many are homeless, and many have no loved-ones to provide the basic needs for them in hospital.

The Ruth Mailbag Group strives to provide for the needs of destitute moms and babies in the maternity and NICU of our local state hospital and several other hospitals in our country who have asked for our help by providing them with a basic baby pack for their new and or sick babies.

If you can assist please get in touch with us through joy.coetzee@gmail.com or visit our blog at http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/ for more information.

Yours sincerely,
Joy Coetzee
Founder – The Ruth Mailbag Group

Or a hospital near you... please, browse through the following list, I’m sure you will find a government hospital near you to support:
Contact Details of Public Hospitals in South Africa - http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=2890
Eastern Cape - http://www.info.gov.za/aboutgovt/contacts/prov/ecape.htm
Gauteng Province - http://www.health.gpg.gov.za/Institutions/Pages/Hospitals.aspx
Johannesburg - http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&id=43&Itemid=75
KZN - http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/hospitals1.htm; http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/hospitals.htm
Port Elizabeth - http://www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za/Content.aspx?objID=103
Western Cape - http://www.westerncape.gov.za/eng/directories/facilities/6423

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

NEWSLETTER 4 OF 2015

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP Newsletter 4 of 2015

First, I would like to convey my sincere thanks to all who sent contributions to The Ruth Mailbag Group.  The response to our monthly projects was overwhelming and very generous.  I am very grateful for your support and I am honoured to work with caring, talented, generous and thoughtful volunteers.

Thank You - Ann Glendinning, Scotland; Anonymous; Barbara and family, UK; Carol Bower and friends, England; Deb Schutte, USA; Doreen Wissing, Pietermaritzburg; Gwen Draffan and Pam, England; Jenny Hunt, UK; Lola Foster and Mary, UK; Margaret Hall, Denise and Kathleen, Our Lady of Lourdes R C Church, Scotland; Margaret Landor, England; Marion Reid, UK; Mrs B Norton, England and Sharon Rosen, UK
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Gifting –

Sunday, 22 March 2015 – Gifted 25 premature babies and 20 newborn babies.  Moms delighted with their packs, this week we were able to give each baby a hat, top, bootees, a blanket and a teddy bear.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  Thanks to Mary Ann, Mariette and Shirley for their help carrying and distributing the packs.  Thank you to all who in anyway contribute to our packs each week, your generosity and talent goes a long way to making life a little easier for these babies and their moms.

Sunday, 29 March 2015 – Gifted 37 babies.  Moms delighted with their packs, this week we were able to give baby gros (sleepers) in the packs.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  Thanks to the moms in the B & B for alerting me to two babies “with no mommies”, I visited NICU and discovered that the one baby’s mom is in ICU, so, I ask for prayers for her and her baby and the other baby had been abandoned and to quote the staff “found in the bushes”, prayers for this little baby, too, please.  There was a doctor in the NICU while I was there and he thanked us profusely for what we do for the babies.  Thank you to all who in anyway contributes to our packs each week, your generosity and talent goes a long way to making a difference for these moms and their babies.

Sunday, 05 April 2015 – Gifted 44 babies.  Moms delighted with their packs.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  Update on the 2 babies I told you about last week, the one has progressed to the well baby room, while the other remains in the NICU.  Thank you to all who in anyway contributes to our packs each week, your generosity and talent goes a long way to making a difference for these moms and babies.  Bless you and thank you!

Sunday, 12 April 2015 – Gifted 20 moms in the boarding establishment.  The moms were delighted with their toiletries and bed socks; I could hear their ululating from the car park when I was leaving.
Thank you to all who contributed toiletries and bed socks they were much appreciated.  Once again, thank you, for your support!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 -  Gifted to Siyathemba and Ikhaya Lethu via Gail Rozendaal 2 large bags full of assorted clothing that is too large for our tiny babies.  Thank you to all who donate toddler and children’s clothing.  Your support is much appreciated.

Sunday, 26 April 2015 - Gifted 24 newborn and 6 premature babies. Very quiet day on the wards, guess as many as possible were discharged so that they could spend the long weekend at home.  There were 4 babies with no mommies today.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  There was a doctor in the NICU while I was there and he thanked us profusely for what we do for the babies.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributes to our packs each week, your generosity and talent goes a long way to making a difference for these moms and their babies.  Once again, thank you, for making it possible, without you this would not be happening.

Meeting - Welcome to the new faces, it was great to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better.
Sorry some of our members could not attend, you were sorely missed.
There were loads of beautiful donations brought to the meeting and this made the show and tell very exciting.  Thank you for your generosity and support.
Kindly note that our meeting to be held on the 1st Saturday in May 2015 is postponed (as it is a long weekend) and rescheduled to be held on the 2nd Saturday in May 2015 at 14h00 at the Juana Maria Home, Ladysmith.  I trust that this will meet with your approval.  Any inconvenience caused is regretted.
Thank you for a lovely meeting you are all stars.

Photos - I enjoy sharing photos and reports with you, photos of the babies & their moms.  Thank you for sending photos of your work, you will find these photos on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531.

Dates to Remember In 2015 / 16 - We will concentrate on items for the babies (premature and new born).  Please donate items such as baby clothing, new or gently used and handcrafted items, etc.  These “challenges” are just for fun, to give you some ideas in case you can’t think of anything to make.  They are NOT mandatory and not intended to be prescriptive.  These are projects you can choose to support if you wish!  Let’s warm and comfort the babies!

May for 13 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – bootees for new born babies
June for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (67 blankets for our babies!)
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder Moms and their babies)
August for 12 September – International Crochet Day
September for November – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying) - hats for new born babies
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December – Christmas Day
December for 1 January – New Year’s Day
January for 14 February – Valentine’s Day
February for 17 March – St Patrick’s Day
March for 5 April – Easter Sunday
April for 15 May – International Kangaroo Care Day (Emphasis on premature and very small babies)

Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, OR The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

The Ruth Mailbag Group items are given FREE to infants, children & their parents. Families usually keep the items as a memento—especially garments for tiny preemies. Although the focus of The Ruth Mailbag Group’s efforts was and is premature and new born infants, it has been impossible to ignore the requests for assistance for larger infants, children, and even geriatric patients. There is the most demand for the larger preemie (1.6 kg) and full-term sizes of hats and booties, etc. Most hospitals welcome blankets and quilts for going home. Feel free to vary colours with the season and use patterns you have and enjoy making.

PLEASE contact hospitals directly to confirm their needs and to confirm their mailing address.  Hospitals that are not familiar with The Ruth Mailbag Group will find it easier to respond to samples in each size. I recommend that you bring or send one of each size item that you construct. Label each with size and name of item. For example, kimono small, kimono medium, kimono large. Then, the hospital can respond, “Yes, we can use medium and large, but not small.”

I encourage you to send items directly to the hospitals. Be sure to use the complete address and the title of the liaison person on each package. Enclose your items in plastic bags or line the box with a plastic trash bag to prevent water damage. There is no need to package each item individually. I encourage you to attach a Ruth Mailbag Group label—with your name and email address—to each donated item or at least one for the hospital. Some of the hospitals will send personal replies to acknowledge every shipment--large or small. Others do not. I suspect that staff members are busy with urgent life-saving efforts. In some cases, your items are divided among several departments and the recipient may not know who sent the lovely hats and booties. Enclosing a self-addressed stamped postcard or envelope may help ensure a reply if you live in the same country.  In any case, don't let the lack of a response discourage you. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.  (Note: You might wish to send elsewhere if you NEVER receive even a brief acknowledgment of receipt.)

As more and more people learn of the needs of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), some hospitals may be "flooded” with very tiny hats. PLEASE make hats in a range of sizes, as well as blankets, mittens, and/or other baby garments. There are full-term infants in NICUs, too. PLEASE contact your local hospital to learn what is needed. Chat with the Director of Volunteers, the Director of Child Life, the Nurse Manager of the Nursery or NICU, ICN, or Special Care Nursery, the Director of Paediatrics or the PRO. You can provide warmth and comfort to residents of your own community! You will make a difference in the lives of others. This is a very rewarding project!

NOTE: The Ruth Mailbag Group participants provide the supplies for their projects and deliver directly to hospitals, nursing homes, social service agencies, etc. The newsletter provides information, and hospital updates. See current and previous issues on our Facebook page, blog, Ravelry group or pick up the links on twitter.

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Yarn for hats should be washable (not wool).
2. Do NOT smoke or work on projects in a room where someone is smoking.
3. Keep these projects away from dogs, cats, or other pets.
4. You may use partial skeins leftover from your projects. Combine colours into stripes.
5. Seasonal colours, pastels, sports team colours, bright colours, etc… may be used.
6. Wash hats that become soiled in construction. Do NOT use fabric softeners.
7. Package your completed items in plastic bags to protect from soiling.  More than one item may be placed in a plastic bag.
8. Make hats that are STRETCHY. These will fit various sizes and be more comfortable.
9. Use very SOFT yarn for preemie and full-term hats.
10. Fabric paint is a suitable alternative to embroidery on toys and finger puppets.
11. Keep booties in pairs with yarn or a large safety pin. NO STRAIGHT PINS, please!!!
12. Booties stay on best if there’s a ribbon or chained yarn tie around the ankle. Even if the pattern does not specify this, you can always add it. Secure ribbons or chains with a few hand stitches to prevent pulling out and swallowing.
13. Pompoms should be tied on—not glued on. Pompom makers are available in craft stores or made by wrapping yarn around a 1.5” x 2” piece of cardboard.
14. A satin ribbon bow on the top of a hat is easier and less bulky. Thread 1/4” satin ribbon onto a tapestry needle. Weave in and out of the top of the hat. Tie a bow!

SIZES

When knitting or crocheting, please keep in mind the approximate sizes for these infants.  Head sizes for the infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit vary, we need hats for preemies of 1.6kg and new born babies.

MY FAVOURITE BEANIE FOR TINY BABIES

Size 1.8kg–2.5kg.
Length 17cm.
Cast on 90 sts.

MATERIALS

1 x 25g ball 3 or 4 ply.
1 pair 3.25 needles.

BASIC PATTERN

Cast on 90 sts. Work in double rib to 17cm.
Decreasing row *K2 tog, P2 tog, repeat from * to end. Work 6 rows in single rib.
Break off yarn long enough to thread onto a needle and pull through stitches.
Sew up with a flat seam.

Happy charity crafting!!!
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group

FORUMS –
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group
https://twitter.com/RuthMailbag
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Newsletter 3 of 2015

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP:  Newsletter 3 of 2015

Please forward this newsletter to your online family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances! They'll appreciate your thoughtfulness and so will I. Thank you.

Welcome to all our new members and not so new members!!!

For your overwhelming support...THANK YOU.  For your prayers that carried us further than you can know... THANK YOU.  For reaching out your hands to pull us through...THANK YOU.

A sincere thank you to everyone who sent a donation to The Ruth Mailbag Group, I appreciate your participation & support for the work of The Ruth Mailbag Group. Donations large & small all help and were most appreciated, thank you to everyone who wrote kind notes with good wishes and thanks for my work on newsletters, packaging, distribution, etc…, and enthusiasm for new patterns and donating finished items to infants in hospitals.

I enjoy sharing photos and reports with you, photos of new-borns & their moms and photos of finished items that are ready for delivery.  Thank you for sending photos of your work, you will find these photos on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531 for all our members to enjoy.

THANK YOU:  Anne Pretorius; Carol Bower and friends, England; Deb Schulte, USA; Doreen Brits, family and friends; Frances Labuschagne; Gerty Kotze; Janet Mill and friends; Joan de Pindray; Judy Maccarone and sister; Karin Strauss; Lola Foster, UK; Margaret Easton, Scotland; Rosemary Earp Jones; Sharon Rosen, UK; and Sylvia de Lange.

NEED:  Please start working on winter warmers e.g. long sleeved garments, hats, bootees, leggings, and blankets.  If you are buying or collecting good quality second hand baby clothes from family and friends please look out for sleepers (babygros) with long sleeves, long legs and or footed.  Anything and everything that will offer warmth to the little ones, these moms and their babies come mostly from informal settlements where the accommodation is probably a shack, cold, draughty and leaks.  Please help us warm these babies.

GIFTING:

Sunday, 22 February 2015:  Gifted 23 premature babies and 22 newborn babies.  Moms delighted with their packs; several came up to me after I had visited with them to say thank you again for their packs.  I decided to visit the babies in NICU and the staff seemed very surprised at the thought of gifting tiny and or sick babies; all new faces on the unit.  The staff on the post natal ward was pleasant and friendly as always.  The moms in KMC were delighted with their extra small outfits.  Bless you and thank you for your generous donations towards these gifts they are much appreciated by all, especially the moms.

Sunday, 01 March 2015:  Started the brand new month gifting 35 babies.  Moms delighted with their packs, but the moms of premature babies were disappointed that I had run out of premature baby goodies, they loved the premature packs they received last week, the staff friendly as always.  The moms in KMC were delighted to see me, but also disappointed that I didn’t have any more premature packs for them this week.  Bless you and thank you for your generous donations towards these gifts they are much appreciated by the moms, and you are making a difference – one stitch at a time!

Sunday, 08 March 2015:  Gifted 49 babies.  Moms pleased with their packs.  Staff friendly and helpful.  Bless you and thank you for your generous donations towards these gifts, they are much appreciated by the moms.  You are making a difference, one stitch at a time!

Sunday, 15 March 2015:  Gifted 35 babies today.  Moms pleased with their packs.  Staff very sweet and helpful.  Bless you and thank you for your generous donations towards these gifts, without you this project would not be possible.  Once again, many thanks, for your support!

MEETING:  First and foremost to Joan de Pindray and her family.  We are sorry for your loss.  Mom was such a great person; she will live on in our memories forever.  I remember those beautiful baby jackets she knitted for the babies before her health started failing.
Welcome to the new faces, it was great to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better.
Thanks to Annemarie, Animal Anti Cruelty League, for the box full of beautiful wool she donated via Joan de Pindray.
A special thank you to Joan for the delicious milk tart that we enjoyed with our teas and coffees, great idea, thank you very much.
There were loads of beautiful donations brought to the meeting and this made the show and tell very exciting.
There was a lot of yarn and wool for the ladies to take home for future projects.
Thank you for a lovely meeting.

Kindly note that the meeting to be held in April is postponed to the 2nd Saturday of the month as the 1st Saturday is Easter weekend and some of our members will be going away.

DATES TO REMEMBER IN 2015 / 6:  We will concentrate on items for the babies (premature and newborn).  Please donate items such as baby clothing, new or gently used and handcrafted items, etc.  These “challenges” are just for fun, to give you some ideas in case you can’t think of anything to make.  They are NOT mandatory and not intended to be prescriptive.  These are projects you can choose to support if you wish!  Let’s warm and comfort the babies!

April for 15 May – International Kangaroo Care Day (Emphasis on premature and very small babies)
May for 20 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – bootees for newborn babies
June for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day - 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day (South Africa) (67 blankets for our babies!)
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder Moms and their babies)
August for 12 September – International Crochet Day
September for November – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying) - hats for newborn babies
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December – Christmas Day
December for 1 January – New Year’s Day
January for 14 February – Valentine’s Day
February for 17 March – St Patrick’s Day
March for 5 April – Easter Sunday

Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, OR The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

MEETINGS are held every 1st Saturday of the month at 2 pm at the Juana Maria Home in Francis Road, Ladysmith.  Please come along and bring a friend/s, donation/s, and pattern/s and or yarn to swap, etc - See you there!!!  Kindly note that we do not meet in December and January; in December we will meet for lunch instead and in January the group is in recess for the holidays.

REMINDER!  Please don’t forget that some of the people who receive the items we make have not previously owned anything of their own, or it has been a long time since they have, let alone something lovely. They deserve our very best efforts. They deserve love in every beautiful stitch, and our prayers as we send them off to their final human destination. Please take care to make your charity items lovely works of art to not only warm the bodies of our babies, but to give them a gift they will only have because of you.

HOSPITAL UPDATE:  Please let me know if you learn of any hospital or group updates.

ADDING A HOSPITAL TO THE HOSPITAL LIST - If you are a hospital staff member and you wish to add your hospital to the listing of hospitals on the Ruth Mailbag Group please read and submit the following information to joy.coetzee@gmail.com or fax to 086 516 4618.
Requirements:
1.  All donated items must be distributed FREE to patients/patient families.
2.  All donated items will be acknowledged with a note, telephone call, or e-mail message.   (Donors provide the supplies, the time, the skills, and the postage to mail items.  They deserve a note to acknowledge receipt.) 
Information Needed:
Please send the following information to Joy:
1.  HOSPITAL NAME and MAILING ADDRESS.  Please include a department name or title of the position to which the package should be delivered -- not an employee name.  (Boxes will be returned if the employee moves to another office or leaves the hospital.)  The mailing address should be the hospital address -- not a staff member's home address.
2.  CONTACT INFORMATION in case there are questions about sizes, quantities needed, etc.  (Telephone number, e-mail address, and/or FAX)
3. The NAME OF A”CONTACT PERSON" who can answer questions.
4. YOUR NEEDS -- A list of what your hospital wishes to receive.  Please be specific and include sizes.  (E.g.: preemie hats, full-term booties, micro-preemie burial garments, 30" x 30" and larger quilts and blankets of fleece or flannel).  Include colour preferences or other details to guide donors.
Individuals should discuss the hospital listing with a staff member at the hospital to be sure that the hospital wishes to be listed and will designate someone to be the contact person.  

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS - CUSTOMS DUTY - VERY IMPORTANT: We would ask you to take special notice of these instructions to avoid unnecessary duty being paid on your parcels as they arrive in South Africa.
Please mark clearly: No Commercial Value - For Charity Only.
Please do not register your letters, parcels, packages or boxes.
Please do not give a monetary value on your parcels (or only the minimum amount as instructed by your post office).
Please do use your good old post office unless you do not have one; it has come to our attention that the customs paid to couriers is higher than that paid at the post office.
We have to pay minimal duty on most large parcels arriving. However even just a small monetary value on a parcel attracts far higher duties. Letters, parcels, packages and boxes continue to arrive safely in volumes without any registration or monetary values appended to them.
MOISTURE FREE: Wrap your crocheted, knitted and sewn items in a plastic bag, bubble wrap or buy postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
POSTAL ADDRESS: The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o Elna Knitting and Sewing Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370 OR The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value – For Charity Only, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Please add a note with your email address so that I may acknowledge your parcel.
Thank you for your support!

WANT TO FORM A GROUP that knits, crochets, sews and quilts in a community of friends? (For a government hospital near you).  The same as a book club, a knitting group can be the basis for lifelong friendships. Being united in a common purpose, by knitting for charity, makes the effort even more meaningful.  We now have several groups affiliated to The Ruth Mailbag Group and we are delighted with the awesome work they are doing in their own communities.  Good luck and enjoy - one stitch at a time!!!
Here are some suggestions for how to get a knitting/crocheting/sewing/quilting group together:
1.      Start by inviting immediate family and friends and ask them if they know anyone else who would be interested.
2.      Settle on one regular date e.g. second Wednesday of every month. Try not to change it once started just to accommodate one member. Once the regularity is affected, the group tends to break apart. Just make it on a ‘come if you can’ basis.
3.      Agree to host it on a rotational basis, or go to a local wool or craft shop and ask if they would host it after hours.
4.      If at home, decide whether the host is going to supply food and beverages. Efforts will be greatly rewarded by the conviviality of sharing food together, but also the enjoyment of meals shared at other member’s homes. Food is definitely a topic of enthusiasm for most people and recipe sharing an added benefit!
5.      Make sure for the first meeting that everyone brings wool, a pair of needles and a darning needle and any donations for gifting. If they are already involved in a knitting project ask them to bring it to show the group. Arrange a collection point e.g. a local wool or craft shop. Decide on which hospital or clinic will be receiving the gifts.
6.      Then you can always start a group on Yahoo!, Google, facebook, twitter or a blog with an email option.
7.      Please contribute knitting group stories, patterns, and successes, and send photos to the Ruth Mailbag Group, Fax 086 516 4618 / joy.coetzee@gmail.com.

Any person who would like to make a contribution to the newsletter, please send me your items and I will include as many as possible.  Many members have personally shared with me what The Ruth Mailbag Group has meant to them e.g. given a purpose, a new hobby, a new interest and broadened horizons, made new friends...  Please put pen to paper (email will be good) and share!!!

It will also be nice to hear from the hospitals that we support, please will the co-ordinators send us little snippets of news about The Ruth Mailbag Group at their hospital. 

If you should find articles relevant to our group and the work that we do, please send them to me / the relevant links and I will include as many as possible in our newsletters.

When you send items to hospitals, please send us photos of your beautiful little items and in turn, if the hospitals can send us pictures of the gifting done at their hospitals we can share them on our facebook page for all to enjoy.  Thank you.

Kindly note that all Ruth Mailbag items are given free to infants, children and their parents!!!

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

·        Talk to everyone you know about the needy babies in South Africa and point them to our blog, links below, for more information.
·        Tell them about the Hospitals who work so hard to help the babies survive.
·        Tell them about the charity knitting, crocheting, looming, sewing and quilting you are doing to help keep the babies warm and thereby helping them to survive.
·        Talk to your children’s schools and local retirement centres. Every word you spread about needy babies will find people who are prepared to help this great cause in whatever way they can.
·        Put this Appeal up in your local yarn shops, coffee shops, hairdressers, laundrettes and wherever there is a bulletin board.
·        Post word about the charity on your favourite blogs.
·        Send word to your local press, newspaper, online paper, craft magazines, radio station.
·        GET THOSE FINGERS WORKING AND YOUR TONGUES WAGGING!!
·        “SPREAD THE WORD” – it really is as simple as that!

Yours in charity crafting,
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group.
Fax: 086 516 4618

FORUMS –

Sunday, 15 March 2015

April Meeting

Kindly note that the meeting to be held on the 1st Saturday in April is postponed to the 2nd Saturday in April as the 1st weekend is Easter.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

REMINDER!

Meeting to be held on Saturday, 7th March 2015 at 14h00 at the Juana Maria Home.  See you there!!!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Newsletter 2 of 2015

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP: Newsletter 2 of 2015

Greetings to everyone reading this newsletter.  I hope that you are enjoying knit and/or crochet projects that will comfort hospital babies and others in need or an expression of caring.  Thank you for all that you do.
I am always concerned when I learn that a hospital stops accepting donated items, or will not allow our members to gift the mothers and babies at their hospital.  Obviously, hospitals are very concerned about their liability when distributing donated items to patients.  You cannot sterilize all that you donate, but you do need to be careful that your donated items are clean, free of dust and cat/dog fur, and free of cigarette smoke.  And as much as I love my cat, animal hair is NOT something that we want to have on anything donated to a NICU or other hospital department.  It may be necessary to wash finished items and roll with a lint roller before delivery.  Also, be very careful to remove all straight pins from finished projects.  Use safety pins or yarn to attach labels, NOT straight pins!
I enjoy sharing photos and reports with you, photos of newborns, their moms and photos of finished items that are ready for delivery.  Thank you for sending photos of your work, you will find these photos on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531 for all our members to enjoy.
Please remember that The Ruth Mailbag Group has no secretary or any hired staff.  If I don’t respond immediately to an e-mail or message, please understand that this is a one person exercise.  When I am not available, there is no one else, please be patient!

Sincere thanks to everyone who sent items, I appreciate your participation and support.  I am very proud to say that The Ruth Mailbag Group (all that you have completed and donated to those in need) makes a difference in the lives of many people.  Besides the infants in NICUs and newborn nurseries, you have touched the lives of the moms, too.  I hope that you know how much your efforts and concern are appreciated.  You make a difference in this world – a good difference!!!  I am proud to know you and help you to accomplish all that you do.  I am very thankful that I started this project in 2002.  Thank you very much!!!

THANK YOU:  Allyson Johnson, Australia; Ann Hedley; Anonymous; Barbara UK and family; Blankets for Brianna, California, USA; Carol Bower and friends, England; Doreen Brits, family and friends; Ellie Weeber; Frances Labuschagne; Gail Rozendaal; Gerty Kotze; Gwen Draffan, England; Janet Mill and friends; Judy Maccarone and sister; Karin Strauss; Ladysmith Methodist WA; Mary Drainer, UK; Meisie Foster; Retha Fountain; Ruby Metcalf, UK; Sharon Rosen, UK; Shirley Farrington and Pauline Rosewell, UK; Sylvia de Lange; and Whittlesey Trefoil Guild, UK.

NEED:  Newborn size bootees / socks / leggings.  Totally out of stock!  Please help!!!

GIFTING:

Sunday, 25 January 2015: Gifted 46 babies’ packs today, unfortunately I ran out and some moms went without…  Moms delighted with their packs.  Staff pleasant and helpful.  Thank you to all who contribute towards these packs, you are all stars.

Sunday, 01 February 2015:  Gifted 42 babies’ packs today…  Moms surprised by their packs…  Staff pleasant and helpful…  Thank you to all who contribute towards these packs, you are all stars and much appreciated.

Unfortunately, I had to keep away from the moms and babies for 2 weekends as I had the flu and did not want to ‘share’ that with them.

Thank you for a lovely meeting, many beautiful donations were received for the babies and moms.  Gail Rozendaal will be our contact person for Ikhaya Lethu and Judy Maccarone will be the contact for Môrester, if you have items that are suitable for these children’s homes please pass your donations on to these ladies directly.  The WA will look after Child Protection Unit and Walton Street Clinic.  We are still looking for a volunteer who will be prepared to look after the paediatric wards at the local hospital.  Judy Maccarone will be our representative on the WA.  Yarn was distributed and many hands should be kept busy this month.  Bless you and thank you for your support!!!

DATES TO REMEMBER IN 2015 / 6 - Please plan your projects around the following days.  We will concentrate on items for the babies (premature and newborn).  Please donate items such as baby clothing, new or gently used and handcrafted items, supplies for crocheting and knitting, etc.

March for 5 April – Easter Sunday
April for 15 May – International Kangaroo Care Day
May for 20 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – bootees for newborn babies
June for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder Moms and their babies)
August for 12 September – International Crochet Day
September for November – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying) - hats for newborn babies
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December – Christmas Day
December for 1 January – New Year’s Day
January for 14 February – Valentine’s Day
February for 17 March – St Patrick’s Day

Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, OR The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

REMINDER!  Meetings are held every 1st Saturday of the month at 2 pm at the Juana Maria Home in Francis Road, Ladysmith.  Please come along and bring a friend or 2 or 3, donations, patterns to swap, yarn to swap, etc - See you there!!!

FINISHING ITEMS - Please finish your items before sending. I have been receiving items with NO buttons, NO ties, etc. I may not have the same yarn you used to make the item, so, therefore I can't finish it. It just takes a minute to go through your items to make sure they are done. After all, you work so hard to make these beautiful items why not finish them. :-)

From my charity craft friend, Bev: “When you make items for those in need, please make them as if you were making the items for your own family or good enough to sell. Please, make them lovely and something someone would be proud to wear. From time to time, I receive handmade items that are badly made. Old, mottled scraps of yarn are used, ends are hanging out and not finished off properly, sometimes the items are filthy, or smell of cigarette smoke. Some of the hats are tall and skinny and could not be stretched to fit a toilet paper tube let alone a head. Occasionally, the stitches are so huge they are sloppy and will not keep people warm due to the holes.”

REMINDER!  Please don’t forget that some of the people who receive the items we make have not previously owned anything of their own, or it has been a long time since they have, let alone something lovely. They deserve our very best efforts. They deserve love in every beautiful stitch, and our prayers as we send them off to their final human destination. Please take care to make your charity items lovely works of art to not only warm the bodies of our babies, but to give them a gift they will only have because of you.

HOSPITAL UPDATE:

Please let me know if you learn of any hospital or group updates.

Kalafong hospital babies and Danville toddlers - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1501911063426463/

Amor vir Premmie- en Siek Baba’s – Steve Biko Hospitaal, Pretoria – https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/236101209863890/

Baby Buddies Group:  Rob Ferreira Hospital and Temba Hospital, Nelspruit- Contact persons Brenda Davies and Gaynor Fetting at yumyum528@vodamail.co.za.  In our town there is also a group called Care Buddies, ladies who visit our oldies in old age homes. These wonderful ladies have got their oldies knitting and socialising on our behalf and the combination has been wonderful, old supporting young and in return having a common interest and something to share and talk about in the lounge where they meet.

Beanies And Blankets For Babies: King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex (previously King George V Hospital)
Address: PO DOMERTON 4019, South Africa; Physical Address: Corner of Dr R D Naidoo drive and Viola Road , Sydenham Durban.  For attention: Mr Thami Chizama (PRO).  Email: thami.chizama@kznhealth.gov.zaTel: 0312426000Fax: 0312099586.  www.kznhealth.gov.za/kinggeorgevhospital.htmNeeds: Baby receiving blankets, rompers, vests, nappies, socks, hats, baby wipes, towels, face cloths.
CONTACT PERSON: Snoeks Desmond: I live in a block of flats where access is controlled so people will have to contact me before arriving with gifts.  Address: 3 Achadhu, 337 Montpelier Road, Durban 4001, South Africa.  Phone: 031-2076503 / 0837835117.  Email: Snoeks@global.co.za.  Group: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beanies-and-Blankets-for-Babies/1430102543930319

Bertha Gxowa Hospital - Address for donations: Maternity Ward, Cnr. Angus & Joubert street, Germiston     
Postal: Private Bag X1035, Germiston, 1400 South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: Mrs NJ Korong
Telephone number of staff liaison person: (011) 089-8500 Ext 1244.  Fax: (011) 825-5425.  Email: Jeanette.Korong@gauteng.gov.zaNeeds: Kangaroo Abbas, vests, jerseys, booties, hats (prems and full term newborns).  General: Receiving blankets

Busfare Babies Birth Centre - Address for donations: Box 411, Kidds Beach 5264, South Africa
Name and telephone number of staff liaison person: Karen Clark 082 776 3622.  Fax: 0865544361
Email: karen@birthworks.co.zawww.birthworks.co.za.  Needs: preterm and term baby clothes, hats, booties, blankets.  General: nappies, sanitary pads, cotton baby blankets.  We would welcome tiny baby clothes. We have had a few premature babies although most of the babies born at Busfare Babies Birth Centre are term. Our babies generally weigh between 2-4.5kg and we send all mums home with girl or boy baby bags so we welcome any contributions which can go into these bags. For all babies small and big we always need hats too.  Your donations would be much appreciated.

Ceza Hospital - Address for donations: Echibini Area, CEZA 3866.  Postal: Private Bag x200 CEZA 3866, South Africa.  Street: Echibini Road.  Name of staff liaison person: Londiwe Dlamini.  Telephone number of staff liaison person: 035 832 5181/ 076 623 2259.  Needs: beanies, bootees, vests, receivers, rompers.  General:

Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital - Address for donations: PRIVATE BAG X 5503, NQUTHU 3135, South Africa.  Name and telephone number of staff liaison person: Lillian M. Ntuli – 082 260 5700 Tel: 034 271 6462; Fax: 034 271 0169; Cell: 079 523 7970; E-mail Sthabiso.ngwenya@kznhealth.gov.za.  Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/cjmhospital.htmNeeds: Preemie booties & hats in traditional pastels (pink, blue, green, yellow).  General: blankets for babies

Dundee Hospital - Address for donations: 121 Mckenzie Streetn or Private Bag X2011, Dundee, 3000, South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: Mbali Ntshingila – Public Relations Officer.  Telephone: 034 212 1111 ext: 237 cell: 079 546 9438.  Fax: 086 733 5309.  Email: sethabile.ntshingila@kznhealth.gov.za.  Web: www.kznhealth.gov.za/dundeehospital.htm.  Needs: Newborn baby clothes.

Far East Rand Hospital - Name of staff liaison persons: PRO, Hendrik Buda on 011 812 8419 or Fax: 011 817 3525 / 813 1411 or Email: hendrik.buda@gauteng.gov.za and Social Worker, Jacobé Botha on 011 812 8330 or jacobie.botha@gauteng.gov.zaPhysical address: Hospital Road, New State Areas, Springs, Johannesburg, Gauteng.  Postal Address: Private Bag X50, Springs, 1559, South Africa.  Needs: Clothes for premature & newborn babies, blankets, toys and toiletries.  General: Clothes, blankets and toiletries for children to 12 years old.

Free State Psychiatric Complex, Bloemfontein.  Contact person is Doreen Brits at doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za.  Needs: clothes for all ages, knee rugs, toys, toiletries, etc.

Heidelberg Hospital.  Contact person is Eleanor van Rooyen at eleanoryaella@gmail.com.

Ikhaya Lethu, Colenso - Contact person in Ladysmith KZN: Gail Rozendaal, Tel +27 36 638 4087; Fax +27 36 638 4103; Email gail.rozendaal@gmail.com.     http://www.mccmidlands.co.za/documents/Ikhaya-Lethu.pdf

Itshelejuba Hospital - Address for donation: P/Bag X0047, Pongola 3170, South Africa (N2 north, about 30 km past Pongola).  Name and telephone number of staff liaison person:  Fikile Simelane acting PRO; Tel.034 413 2542/3/4 or 0762217743; Cell 082 357 5774 (in the event of landline service failure; Fax +27 (0) 34 413 2545; Email fikile.simelane@kznhealth.gov.za.  Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/itshelejubahospital.htm
Needs: normally monthly we have about 30 premature babies being born in this institution.  General: We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to your organisation for the great work that you are doing for the community

King Edward VIII Hospital - Address for donations: Postal: Private Bag X02, Congella 4013, South Africa.  Street: Corner Rick Turner and Sydney Road, CONGELLA 4013. Name of staff liaison person: Nontobeko Ndlela. Telephone number of staff liaison person: 031 360 3021. Fax: 031 206 1457. Email: Nontobeko.ndlela@kznhealth.gov.za. Needs: Newborns and toddlers clothing, blankets, etc.  Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/kingedwardhospital.htm.

Kuvela Othandweni (From The Heart!) - Please send donations to Morag van Deventer, P O Box 53, Baynesfield, 3770, South Africa.  Email morag@bundunet.com. 

Lower Umfolozi District War Memorial Hospital (LUDWMH) - Address for donations: 29 Union Street, Private Bag x 20005, Empangeni, 3880, South Africa.  Name and telephone number of staff liaison person:  Mrs N H Xaba, Tel: 035 907 7156; Email nompilo.mvubu@kznhealth.gov.zaFax:  035 – 792 2596 .  Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/luwmhospital.htmNeeds: Sanitary pads for moms, receiving blankets, socks, vests, hats, baby rompers, jersey for the new born.  General:  This is a maternity hospital and we have all sizes and types of newborns including pre-mature babies. 

Manguzi Hospital, Private Bag X301, Kwa-Ngwanase 3973, South Africa.  Contact person: T.O. Manzini Maternity Operational Manager; S.A. Mathenjwa Hospital PRO; T.J. Manzini Supply Chain Manager. 
Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/manguzihospital.htmNeeds: preemie booties; hats assorted; vests assorted; jerseys; baby nappies; small bags of toiletries; soft toys; baby blankets; baby baths; baby bedpan; rompers; bibs; feeding cups; baby carrier bags. 

Montebello Hospital - Address for donations: PRIVATE BAG X 506, Dalton, 3236, South Africa (R 614 Noordsberg Road).  Name and telephone number of staff liaison person: Miss Zama Biyela - Public Relations Officer – 079 618 7142; Tel: 033 506 7100; Fax: 032 506 0102; Cell: 079 618 7142; E-mail: sitholinhlanhla.biyela@kznhealth.gov.za; Needs: Term + preterm baby clothes, hats, booties and baby blankets.  Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/montebellohospital.htm.

Môrester - Contact person in Ladysmith KZN: Judy Maccarone, telephone 073 250 3672.  http://www.morester.org/

Mosvold  hospital - Address for donations: private bag x2211, Ingwavuma, 3968, South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: Mrs T.J. Dlamini.  Telephone: 035 5910122; cell no 0825608267.  Fax:035 5910148.  Email: thulisiwe.dlamini@kznhealth.gov.zaWeb: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/mosvoldhospital.htm
Needs: We need anything; we are in a rural community, poverty stricken with a high rate of unemployment. Whatever donation will be very much appreciated.

Mowbray Maternity Hospital - Address for donations: Postal: Private Bag X 7, Mowbray 7700, South Africa.  Street: 12 Hornsey Road, Mowbray 7700.  Name of staff liaison person: Carol Adams.  Telephone number of staff liaison person: 021 659 4901.  Email: Carol.Adams@westerncape.gov.za
Needs: new born caps, booties, clothes, jerseys, vests, blankets, baby toiletries etc.  Moms: toiletries (soap, facecloth, roll on, spray), slippers, clothes etc.  We accept new and good quality used items.  Baby Friendly Hospital therefore no treats, bottles or milk formula products!!!

MURCHISON HOSPITAL - http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/murchisonhospital.htm.  Contact Person: Wendy Davies-walker at wendyannwalker@gmail.com, Bowlers 4 Babies group.  Please contact  Wendy for further information.

Newcastle Provincial Hospital (There are problems with postal deliveries; I recommend hand deliveries only, please.)  Address for donations:  4 Hospital Street, Newcastle, 2940.  Name of staff liaison person: Sister Marlene Lubbe (Operational Manager-Nicu).  Telephone: 0343280003.  Fax: 03431 23891.  Email: Nomkhosi.Buthelezi@kznhealth.gov.za (this email address will change, Mrs Buthelezi is retiring)
Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/newcastlehospital.htm.  Needs: very low birth weight hats and booties

Port Shepstone Hospital - Address for donation: P/Bag x5706, Port Shepstone 4240, South Africa. Cnr of Connor and Bazley Street, Port Shepstone.  Name and telephone number of staff liaison person: Phumza Morai (PRO) Tel 039 688 6276; fax 039 682 6678; cell 083 3323 722.  Email: phumza.morai@kznhealth.gov.zaWeb: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/portshepstonehospital.htmNeeds: Vests, jerseys, booties, hats; General: Receiving blankets will be appreciated.  Contact person at Margate: Wendy Walker at wendyannwalker@gmail.com

Precious Babies Knitters, Garsfontein, Pretoria:  Based in Garsfontein in Pretoria, restricted to Mamelodi and the Greater Pretoria area.  Contact Duncan Bain at littledunc@mweb.co.za.

Rahima Moosa Mother And Child Hospital - Address for donations: c/o FUEL AND OUDTSHOORN STREETS, CORONATIONVILLE, South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: MRS SUSAN JORDAAN – CEO.  Telephone: 011-470-9034 (CELL 082-7721119).  Fax: 011-673-5658.  Email: sjordaan@icon.co.zaWeb: Gauteng Health – the hospital does not have a web site.  Needs: BABY CLOTHES AND BLANKETS

R. K. KHAN HOSPITAL - Address for donations: 336 R K KHAN CIRCLE, CROFTDENE, CHATSWORTH, 4092, South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: MRS KAMLA CHETTY, Telephone: 031/4596126 OR 6125, Fax: 031-4011247, Email: kamla.chetty@kznhealth.gov.za, Web: http://www.kznhealth.gov.za/rkkhanhospital.htm
Needs: an average of +/- 20 per month premature babies. Our other deliveries are around 600 per month.

Siyathemba - Needs: Blankets, clothes and soft toys for newborn babies.  General: In a nut shell, we are helping to support young women with basic needs who would have otherwise aborted their pregnancy as a result of being overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible task to care for their unborn child. These needs are diverse, and we try here and there to help as we feel led. One thing we do for all is try to give each new baby a generous hamper of baby clothes to start him/her off. I've been collecting as much as I can, but generally run short as each little baby makes quite a dent in a bunch of things that has taken months to collect. If you are able to help in any way or would like any more information, please don't hesitate to contact me! :)
Contact person in Ladysmith KZN: Gail Rozendaal, Tel +27 36 638 4087; Fax +27 36 638 4103; Email gail.rozendaal@gmail.com.  Contact person in the UK: Susi Wakeman at facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/465611910188655/

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP:  Ladysmith Provincial Hospital - Address for donations: The Ruth Mailbag Group, C/o Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa OR C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.  Needs: preterm and full term baby clothes, blankets, nappies, soft toys and toiletries.  General: toiletries, facecloths and bed socks for the boarder moms.  Fax: 086 516 4618.  Email: joy.coetzee@gmail.com.  Blog: http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com

CONTACT DETAILS OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

If you still have not found a hospital nearby, please, browse through the following list, I’m sure you will find a government hospital near your work, your home or your favourite shopping centre to support: http://www.doh.gov.za/show.php?id=2890

Winter in South Africa (May to July) is characterized in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights. The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter.  So it’s a good idea to make and donate warm clothes with long sleeves and long pants / leggings.

Baby Blankets: we need baby blankets, minimum size 30 inches / 76.2 cm square, please, no preemie blankets as they are not used in the unit and will be much too small when the baby is discharged...  these moms and their babies come mostly from informal settlements where the accommodation is probably a shack, cold, draughty and leaks.  Please help us warm these babies.

COLOURS – This is Africa and we all enjoy colour, from the pastels through the whole spectrum to the brightest and so do the moms and babies.

SIZES – we gift premature and newborn babies of all sizes and weights, from 1.6 kg to newborn babies.

SWEATERS / JACKETS / TOPS - Should fit from 1.6 kg to newborn as most hospitals like them for going home. The tiny sweaters are NOT used in the unit; they want the sweaters to put on the babies when leaving.  Make sure the booties you make are easy for the nurses to get on the babies feet. We don't want booties that make it difficult to get on.

PREEMIE hats should be at least 10 inches in circumference. Smaller babies are not dressed.  Also please use the softest yarn possible for the preemie hats as their skin is very sensitive.

NEWBORN hats: Need to be at least 14 inches in circumference.

FREE SAMPLES / TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES THAT YOU RECEIVE AT HOTELS - Each week our group gifts about 40 newborn and premature babies at the local Government hospital.  In these baby packs we place basic items for the baby’s well being and a little something for the mom, too, as the vast majority of the mothers who give birth to their babies at the Government hospital are destitute, receiving something personal, just for them, is awesome!  The moms are most appreciative of the assistance we give them.  All gifts are given free of any charge and that is why we have to solicit donations to support our cause.  Please help us if at all possible.

PLEASE WASH SECOND HAND ITEMS - Please wash your second hand items before sending. I have been receiving items that have come directly off the baby into the mail. After all, we owe these mothers our love and respect; why not wash the items you are gifting, please. :-)

PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK YOUR KNITTED / CROCHETED ITEMS, carefully follow instructions on ball band – usually wet block by spraying; do not “press / steam” it makes your garments “soft”, we need items that are rugged and able to stand up to all washing and wearing methods.

TIP FOR THOSE WONDERFUL LADIES WHO SEW BLANKETS for OUR babies.  Please do not hem the blankets, it makes for a bulky edge that is uncomfortable for the babies especially the premature babies, please over lock the edges it is ‘flatter’ and softer for the babies.  Bless you and thank you for your hard work and kind donations each and every one is much appreciated.

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS - CUSTOMS DUTY - VERY IMPORTANT: We would ask you to take special notice of these instructions to avoid unnecessary duty being paid on your parcels as they arrive in South Africa.
Please mark clearly: No Commercial Value - For Charity Only.
Please do not register your letters, parcels, packages or boxes.
Please do not give a monetary value on your parcels (or only the minimum amount as instructed by your post office).
Please do use your good old post office unless you do not have one; it has come to our attention that the customs paid to couriers is higher than that paid at the post office.
We have to pay minimal duty on most large parcels arriving. However even just a small monetary value on a parcel attracts far higher duties. Letters, parcels, packages and boxes continue to arrive safely in volumes without any registration or monetary values appended to them.
MOISTURE FREE: Wrap your crocheted, knitted and sewn items in a plastic bag, bubble wrap or buy postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
POSTAL ADDRESS: The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o Elna Knitting and Sewing Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370 OR The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value – For Charity Only, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Please add a note with your email address so that I may acknowledge your parcel.
Thank you for your support!

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SPREAD THE WORD?
There are many ways that you can help spread the word about The Ruth Mailbag Group. Many of you have already started which is a wonderful testimony to your generosity.  Thank you!!!

1. Share this information with all your online family, friends, and colleagues and print some for those who do not have email.
4. JOIN THE TWITTER GROUP - https://twitter.com/RuthMailbag.  Join today, you won't regret it.
5. CONTRIBUTE TO A KNITTING BLOG - If you belong to, or find a knitting blog, contribute a message to it that explains what The Ruth Mailbag Group aims are with a link to the site.  You can also visit our blog at - http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/
6. WRITE TO THE EDITOR OF A KNITTING / CROCHET MAGAZINE - If you are a subscriber of various craft, crochet or knitting magazines write to the editors and point them in the direction of The Ruth Mailbag Group. Or if your local paper has a charity supplement, perhaps you could let them know about The Ruth Mailbag Group.
7. INVOLVE YOUR CROCHET AND KNITTING GROUP - Involve whichever groups you belong to, your book club, sports club, theatre group, walking group, fitness class. Someone you talk to will be interested in wanting to help. They will have friends who would like to contribute and so the wonderful connections will be made.

Yours in charity crafting,
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group.
Fax: 086 516 4618

FORUMS –

 The Ruth Mailbag Group - Package Inventory
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