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

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Newsletter 8 of 2014


The Ruth Mailbag Group,
No Commercial Value - For Charity Only,
C/o P C Galaxy, 23b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, Kwa Zulu Natal,
South Africa.

 

NEWSLETTER 8 OF 2014

 

You are deeply appreciated for all that you do for OUR babies.  Thank you!

 

THANK YOU – Ann Hedley, Anonymous UK, Barbara UK and family, Carol Bower and friends, England, Doreen Brits, Estelle Jansen van Rensburg, Witbank, Frances Labuschagne, Gail Rozendaal, Gwen Draffan, England, Janet Mill, Judy Maccarone, Karin Strauss, Kay Thorne, Lee Ann don-Wauchope, Linda Mitchell, Bunty MacGregor and Sharen McLaren, UK, Mariaan Botha, Renate Dunham, Rosemary Earp Jones, Shirley Brownlee, Norway and Sylvia de Lange.

 

GIFTING –

 

Sunday, 03 August 2014 - Gifted 38 babies, moms pleased with their packs and the staff very pleasant and helpful.  We enjoyed our half an hour with the moms, babies and staff.  Thank you, Frances, Sue, Marietta and Mary Ann, for helping me carry everything, would not have been able to do it without you; your support is much appreciated.  To all those wonderful people who contribute to the baby packs, bless you and thank you for your help.

 

Sunday, 10 August 2014 – Gifted 24 mommies, who were very pleased with their “Women’s Day” packs.  The staff in KMC, were very helpful and pleasant and I had a happy visit.  KMC staff requested premature baby hats and booties for their small patients, so, I dashed home and grabbed 36 sets and took the sets back to Louisa who was on duty in KMC today, and these sets will be kept as ward stock and not for distribution.  The boarder/lodger moms had asked me please to give the “baby with no mommy” a pack, too.  I asked Louisa in KMC about this baby and she told me that she is a little premature baby girl waiting to be adopted, so, while I was collecting the premature hats and bootees sets, I picked up assorted premature items for this precious little baby girl and left it with Louisa for her.  To all those wonderful people who contributed to the mommy packs and the various baby items, bless you and thank you for your help and support.

 

Sunday, 17 August 2014 - Gifted 12 newborn babies and 22 premature babies, moms pleased with their packs and the staff very pleasant and helpful.  I enjoyed my half an hour with the moms, babies and staff.  There was a new security person on the gate today and I had to wait for him to verify that I had permission to be visiting the moms, he was very pleasant about the whole thing and called me “Oumie”, bless his heart, it must be all the “blonde” hair that did it.  To all those wonderful people who contribute to the baby packs, bless you and thank you for your help which is always much appreciated.

 

PHOTOS - Please find new pictures of items knitted / crocheted by dedicated Ruth Mailbag volunteers on facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER IN 2014 / 15 - Please plan your projects around the following days.  We shall continue to concentrate on items for the babies (premature and newborn).  Donate items such as baby clothing, new or gently used and handcrafted baby items, supplies for crocheting and knitting, like skeins of yarn, etc.

 

September for November – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying) http://www.clickforbabies.org/.  Patterns at http://www.clickforbabies.org/stitchers-club/

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 20 April – Easter Sunday
April for 15 May – International Kangaroo Care Day
May for 21 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – Comfort scarves for Victory Haven & other shelters
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

 

Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o P C Galaxy, 23b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

 

ATTACHING MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT, if you have anything you would like to share with the members, please send it to me and if it is possible I will attach it to the next newsletter.  Enjoy the articles and information in this newsletter. Thank you for using your time and talents to help the babies.

 

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 by postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
POSTAL ADDRESS
Address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o P C Galaxy, 23b 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!

 

HINTS AND TIPS ON KNITTING FOR PREMATURE BABY CHARITIES.

 

WHAT SIZE DO I KNIT?

Don't put too much emphasis on trying to perfect the size of a preemie garment. There is a great variation between premature baby sizes that an item of any size should be suitable for at least one baby. As a general guide premature babies head circumference is approximately the same as their chest circumference. The average premature baby's chest measurements are 8"-14". However clothes of all sizes are required for preemies, so no matter how big or small your item is it will most likely fit at least one baby.  The babies are not dressed while they are in the unit so we attempt to make items that will fit the babies when they go home at 1.6kg.

 

WHICH COLOURS DO I CHOOSE?

Pastel colours are the most popular but in Africa they appreciate colour and the brighter the colours the better they like them. Apart from the obvious baby pinks and blues other colours which may be used are: Lemon, Cream, White, Mint green, Peach, Lilac and Aqua. When knitting burial garments the advice suggests its best to use colours such as white or cream.

 

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH YARN TO USE?

Premature babies have very delicate skin and can often be allergic to wool; therefore it is best to avoid garments made with a wool mix. Acrylic yarn is more suitable when knitting for preemies. Ideal yarn to use for preemie knits is baby double knit or 4ply yarn. Most preemie patterns will use these.

 

DO I NEED SPECIAL FASTENINGS?

Plain flat half-inch buttons are best to use for fastening. Avoid nylon and metal fastenings, as they get very hot under the incubator heaters. Do not use Velcro as a fastening, it is very scratchy on the hook side and also damages knitted garments when they are laundered. Ease of dressing is vital for preemies and as a general rule it is best not to use ribbon as a fastening as ribbon can often be fussy to tie on a garment so small.

 

WHAT DO I CHOOSE TO KNIT?

 

1. CARDIGANS

These are the most frequently used preemie clothing. V-Necks or round necks are the best to knit for 'give' and ease of dressing. Cuffs and shoulders should have plenty of 'give' to help make dressing easy. Stretchy knits such as garter stitch work best as they provide the necessary 'give'.

 

2. BLANKETS

Premature baby knitting charities usually appreciate blankets. Avoid lacy patterns or blankets with large holes in can be dangerous for little fingers.  (Reminder! 30 inches x 30 inches is perfect for both premature and newborn babies.)

 

3. HATS

Keep the designs simple and preferably without any ties and fastenings.

 

4. BOOTIES

Garter stitch is the best to use for booties as it is stretchy which makes it easier to put the booties on. It is better to knit shaping at the ankle to provide grip rather than use tie or cords.

 

FREE SAMPLES/TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES - Each week our group gifts up to 40 newborn and premature babies at the state hospital.  In these baby packs we place basic items for the baby’s well being e.g. creams, lotions, clothing, blankets and a little something for the mom, too, as the vast majority of the mothers who give birth to their babies at the state hospital are destitute these small personal gifts are a treasure.  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.

 

BASIC NEEDS - Toothbrushes; Toothpaste; Soap – Baby & Mom; Vaseline / Barrier Cream; Face cloths / sponges – Baby & Mom; Towels – Hand & Baby
Receiving Blankets; Baby Blankets; Diaper Pins; Cloth Diapers; Gowns / Sleepers / Babygros; Infant Socks / Bootees / Leggings / Hats; Sweaters / Jackets. (Preferable sizes Premature / Tiny baby / Newborn / 0 to 3 months / 1 -3 months). (New / very good quality second hand / handmade).

 

PATTERNS –

http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/boxshellafghan.html (Reminder! 30 inches x 30 inches)
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/pattern_bubble_suit.html
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/pattern_bubble_suit.html#dress
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/candy_corn_bunting.html
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/candy_corn_hat.html

 

MEETING - Thank you, to all the ladies, who attended the meeting, held on Saturday, 2 August 2014, it was wonderful to see you all looking so well.  The show and tell was thoroughly enjoyed and everybody always so appreciative of each other’s talents, always encouraging and supportive.   We had some yarn to share and I think most hands will be busy through this new month for the babies.  Those who were absent or tendered apologies were sorely missed and we do hope that you will be able to join us next month!!!  Thank you, Di and the Juana Maria Home for the tea and coffee, much enjoyed after our business was completed.  Once again, thank you, all for your talents and the time you spend with us each month, we do so enjoy your company.  Next meeting to be held on Saturday, 6 September 2014 at 2 pm.

 

NEW LISTING!!!  Hospital needing help...

“We have between 950 – 1000 babies born per month. Many of them are new born and therefore I have asked for these items as we receive sufficient at the moment for our prems. We are a referral Hospital and many times moms arrive and their shoes were left at the MOU. I have filled in our details below. Kind Regards, Carol”
Mrs Carol Adams, Quality Assurance Manager, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Chief Directorate: General, Specialist and Emergency Services, Dept of Health, Western Cape Government

12 Hornsey Rd, Mowbray, 7700
Tel: 021 659 4901, Fax: 021 685 2991
e-Mail: Carol.Adams@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

 

DETAILS -

Name of hospital:  Mowbray Maternity Hospital
Address for donations: Please mark all parcels boldly ‘FOR CHARITY – NO RETAIL VALUE’
     Postal: Private Bag X 7, Mowbray 7700
     Street: 12 Hornsey Road, Mowbray 7700
Name of staff liaison person: Carol Adams
Telephone number of staff liaison person: 021 659 4901
Fax:
Email: Carol.Adams@westerncape.gov.za
Web:
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!!!

 

Yours in charity crafting,
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group


 

FORUMS –

http://stitchnbitch.org/Outside-United-States/South-Africa/8374-Ladysmith/View-details.html
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-
https://twitter.com/RuthMailbag
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Start Knitting Now...


Start Knitting Now...

To Prevent Infant Abuse

 

Each and every day infants across the world are shaken and abused because the person caring for them became frustrated with their crying.

 

Many times the abuse could have been prevented had the person caring for the infant only known that early infant crying may be normal.

 

CLICK for Babies is an initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant.

 

Step 1 – Find a newborn size baby cap pattern.

 

Step 2 – Purchase any shade of baby friendly purple yarn.  Other colours of yarn can also be used in your cap, but be sure that the cap is at least 50% purple in colour.

 

Step 3 – Start knitting or crocheting as many caps as you would like.  Infant heads come in a variety of sizes.  As a general rule, caps should have a circumference between 19.0 – 34.0 cm and a height of 9.0 – 15.0 cm.

 

Step 4 – Send your completed purple caps to a Ruth Mailbag Group hospital / group who have agreed to participate in this project, they are listed below.  Caps to be distributed to babies in November.

 

Kindly note that no item may be sold, they are to be given to the babies and their moms free of any charge!!!

 

Please mark all packages FOR CHARITY – NO RETAIL VALUE”.

 

Thank you, in anticipation!

 

Joy Coetzee

Founder - The Ruth Mailbag Group




Purple hats for newborn babies

In aid of PURPLE Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome

Hosted by the Ruth Mailbag Group

The Letters in PURPLE Stand for

PEAK OF CRYING     Your baby may cry more each week.  The most at 2 months, then less at 3 – 5 months.

UNEXPECTED           Crying can come and go and you don’t know why.

RESISTS SOOTHING    Your baby may not stop crying no matter what you try.

PAIN-LIKE FACE        A crying baby may look like they are in pain, even when they are not.

LONG LASTING          Crying can last as much as 5 hours a day, or more.

EVENING                    Your baby may cry more in the late afternoon and evening.

 

When a crying baby starts frustrating or angering you, it is time to take a break.  Ask your spouse, partner, a relative or friend if they could help with the baby for awhile. If none of these options are available, set your baby gently in a safe place and walk away for a couple of minutes to calm down.

 

Beanies And Blankets For Babies: King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex (previously King George V Hospital)

Address: PO DOMERTON 4019; 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.za
Tel: 0312426000
Fax: 0312099586
www.kznhealth.gov.za/kinggeorgevhospital.htm
Needs: Baby receiving blankets, rompers, vests, nappies, socks, hats, baby wipes, towels, face cloths.
CONTACT PERSON: Snoeks Desmond: I live very near King Dinuzulu Hospital and would be happy to help with receiving gifts / a place where people can drop things off instead of posting them and then helping by taking them to the hospital.  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
Phone: 031-2076503 / 0837835117
Email: Snoeks@global.co.za

 

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP:  Ladysmith Provincial Hospital

Address for donations: The Ruth Mailbag Group, C/o P C Galaxy, 23 b 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
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com

 

Potchefstroom: Matron Joyce: jmfune@nwpg.gov.za (Please email her and ask for her postal or physical address.)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

REMINDER! New address

REMINDER! New address: The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o PC Galaxy, 23b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, S A

Thursday, 7 August 2014

NEW LISTING!!! Hospital needing help...


NEW LISTING!!!  Hospital needing help...

We have between 950 – 1000 babies born per month. Many of them are new born and therefore I have asked for these items as we receive sufficient at the moment for our prems. We are a referral Hospital and many times moms arrive and their shoes were left at the MOU. I have filled in our details below. Kind Regards, Carol

Mrs Carol Adams, Quality Assurance Manager, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Chief Directorate: General, Specialist and Emergency Services, Dept of Health, Western Cape Government

12 Hornsey Rd, Mowbray, 7700
Tel: 021 659 4901, Fax: 021 685 2991
e-Mail: Carol.Adams@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za

 

Name of hospital:  Mowbray Maternity Hospital
Address for donations: Please mark all parcels boldly ‘FOR CHARITY – NO RETAIL VALUE’
     Postal: Private Bag X 7, Mowbray 7700
     Street: 12 Hornsey Road, Mowbray 7700
Name of staff liaison person: Carol Adams
Telephone number of staff liaison person: 021 659 4901
Fax:
Email: Carol.Adams@westerncape.gov.za
Web:
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!!!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

NEWSLETTER 7 OF 2014


NEWSLETTER 7 OF 2014

 

Words can't express the gratitude I feel when I think about what you have done for OUR babies. I'll just say thanks.

 

THANK YOU – Allyson Johnson, Australia; Ann Glendinning, Scotland; Ann Hedley; Anonymous; Barbara UK and family; C Blake, UK; Carol Bower and friends, UK; Doreen Brits, family and friends; Edna Smith; Estelle Boucher; Ffion Wilkes, UK; Fibre Gallery, Melkbosstrand; Frances Labuschagne; Gail Rozendaal; Gerty Kotze; Gwen Draffan, UK; J C Morris, New Zealand; Janet Mill; Joan de Pindray; Joan Wilson, UK; Judy Maccarone; Karin Strauss; Lynne, UK; Mabel Raciborska, Pietermaritzburg; Margaret Easton, Scotland; Massie Gracie and sister; Meisie Foster; Methodist WA; Michele Kirsten; Renate Dunham; Riana at the Wool Shop; Elna and friends; Rosemary Earp Jones; Sharon Rosen, UK; Shirley Brownlee, Norway; and Sylvia.  SuperMa/Mom DRUM/HUISGENOOT http://supermom.drum.co.za/fun/knit-baby-beanies-to-help-keep-our-babies-warm/.  Potholes and Padkos http://potholesandpadkos.co.za/web/people-3/item/578-knitwit-unite-viva.html.

 

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM, Yvonne Swart <yvonne@ffl.co.za> wrote: Hello all, Just to say a huge thank you to all who have supported Ruth Mailbag via Foto First! It is so good to see that there are so many people who still care and who are willing to help others. It has been a privilege working with you and I hope you will all continue to make an effort to help those little ones and their moms!

Thank you, Yvonne

 

Yvonne, thank you for your help and support over many years it is much appreciated.  Good luck with your new venture and please keep in touch.

 

NEW ADDRESS - The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o P C Galaxy, 23b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

 

MEETING - Thank you, to all the ladies, who attended the meeting, held on Saturday, 5 July 2014, it was wonderful to see you all looking so well.  The show and tell was thoroughly enjoyed and everybody so appreciated each other’s talents, always encouraging and supportive.   Those who were absent or tendered apologies were sorely missed and we do hope that you will be able to join us next month!!!   I think we were competing with the wind and the tennis at Wimbledon!!!  Thank you, Di and the Juana Maria Home for the tea and coffee, much enjoyed after our business was completed.  Once again, thank you, all for your talents and the time you spend with us each month, we do so enjoy your company.  Next meeting to be held on Saturday, 2 August 2014 at 2 pm.

 

GIFTING –

 

WEDNESDAY, 16 JULY 2014 - To Helena Dekker for knitting for the babies and kids at Môrester Children’s Home 12 to 13 kilograms of yarn.

 

THURSDAY, 17 JULY 2014 – To the Ladysmith Child Welfare for Victory Haven, 23 scarves and assorted baby and toddler clothing.

 

SUNDAY, 20 JULY 2014 – Gifted 24 newborn babies and 21 premature babies, moms pleased with their packs and the staff very pleasant and helpful.  We enjoyed our half an hour with the moms, babies and staff.  Thank you, Shirley, for helping me carry everything, would not have been able to do it without you; your support is much appreciated.  To all those wonderful people who contribute to the baby packs, bless you and thank you for your help.

 

THURSDAY, 24 JULY 2014 – Gifted 2 large bags full of KAS cuddles and one large bag full of vests and matching hats to Walton Clinic, for their Breastfeeding Week celebrations from 1 to 7 August, via Barbara de Wet, with thanks to Knit A Square, Bryanston for making this donation and distribution possible. 

 

SUNDAY, 27 JULY 2014 – Gifted 19 newborn babies and 19 premature babies, moms pleased with their packs and the staff very pleasant and helpful.  I enjoyed my half an hour with the moms, babies and staff.  To all those wonderful people who contribute to the baby packs, bless you and thank you for your help.

 

PHOTOS - Please find new pictures of items knitted / crocheted by dedicated Ruth Mailbag volunteers on facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER IN 2014 / 15 - Please plan your projects around the following days.  We shall continue to concentrate on items for the babies (premature and newborn).  Donate items such as baby clothing, new or gently used and handcrafted baby items, supplies for crocheting and knitting, like skeins of yarn, etc.

 

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)
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 20 April – Easter Sunday
April for 15 May – International Kangaroo Care Day
May for 21 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – Comfort scarves for Victory Haven & other shelters
June for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder Moms and their babies)

 

Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o P C Galaxy, 23b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

 

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.

 

PATTERNS – for charity (full term and premature babies)

http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/girlsweaterhat.html
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/ripple.html (Please remember our blankets need to be about 30 inches square.)
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/spring.html
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/pattern_bib_overall_suit.html
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/blankets.html

 

ATTACHING MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT, if you have anything you would like to share with the members, please send it to me and if it is possible I will attach it to the next newsletter.  Enjoy the articles and information in this newsletter. Thank you for using your time and talents to help the babies.

 

Yours in charity crafting,
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group
Contact: Joy.coetzee@gmail.com

 

FORUMS –

http://stitchnbitch.org/Outside-United-States/South-Africa/8374-Ladysmith/View-details.html
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-
https://twitter.com/RuthMailbag
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531