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

Monday, 25 May 2015

Newsletter 5 of 2015

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP – NEWSLETTER 5 OF 2015

On behalf of The Ruth Mailbag Group, I would like to thank you for your generous donation. Your contribution makes it possible for us to continue to gift the destitute moms and babies at our government hospital.

Since its inception 13 years ago, The Ruth Mailbag Group has worked to provide basic baby friendly items for the destitute moms and babies born at our government hospital. This year, we have continued to gift the moms most weekends and those baby packs that had grown from a single outfit to two or three outfits have again been reduced to a single outfit, this mostly due to the postal strike that really gave our stock a hard knock. This project is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like you.

We plan to continue our efforts for the moms and babies. As you know, the need does not go away. We hope for your continued support.  Once again, thank you for your generous donations.

THANK YOU – Please visit our facebook page to see acknowledgements for donations and photos of your beautiful work.  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.

WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY – 13 June 2015 at 14h00 at the Juana Maria Home, Ladysmith.  Please bring wool and needles or a crochet hook to make bootees for new-born babies, and a plate of eats to share with the residents.  Look forward to seeing you there!
Please also support Beanies and Blankets for Babies group -

REMINDER!  THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP MEETINGS, 1st Saturday of the month, February through November, 14h00 – 16h00, Juana Maria Home, Francis Road, Ladysmith, KZN.  Thank you, Juana Maria, for your hospitality!  Bring your charity knitting, crocheting, & sewing; any yarn and or patterns to swap, etc.  January - in recess!  December – end of year get together!  See you there!!!

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!

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)
May for 13 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – bootees for new born babies

PLEASE ADDRESS ALL YOUR POST TO:

The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA,

OR

The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, RSA.

(PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!) and please follow our postal instructions carefully.
Thank you in advance for your support!

GIFTING

Sunday, 03 May 2015 - Gifted 17 newborn and 25 premature babies. There were 2 babies with no mommies.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  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 this project possible, without you this would not happen.

Saturday, 09 May 2015 – Gifted large bag of cardigans and sweaters to https://www.facebook.com/moresterladysmith?fref=ts via Judy Maccarone.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributes to our gifts for toddlers, kiddies and larger children, your support is much appreciated.  Once again, many thanks for your generosity.

Sunday, 10 May 2015 - Gifted 28 moms, 14 newborn and 25 premature babies. The 2 babies with no mommies have been discharged.  Today, Mother’s Day, the moms were each given a scarf for themselves and a baby set for the babies.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  Thank you to Francis for helping me carry and distribute the packs.  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 this Mother’s day project possible, without you this would not have happened.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 - Gifted 15 newborn and 25 premature babies.  Moms happy with their packs.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  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!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 – Gifted to Scottburgh Hospital via Mo MacAllister, several large bags of yarn for knitting and crocheting for the tiny patients.  Mo wrote in her SMS: I wish you could have seen Liz’s face when she saw the wool, by now the whole teddy are planning blankets, hurray!  God bless.

Sunday, 24 May 2015 – Gifted to 17 newborn and 22 preemie babies.  Moms happy with their packs and especially the fleecy blankets via Knit a Square.  Thank you to the staff for their friendly help.  Thank you to Mariette for helping me carry and distribute the packs.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributes to our packs, your generosity and kindness goes a long way to making a difference for these moms and their babies.  Once again, thank you!

MEETING – Thank you for your overwhelming support!  It was awesome to see so many new faces.  Those ladies who were not present, be assured that you were sorely missed and we trust that you will be in a position to attend the next meeting.
After lengthy discussion it was resolved to not support the Child Protection Unit by giving them teddy bears to be given free of any charge to traumatised little people anymore, this decision although very difficult was unanimous and with immediate effect until further notice.
Judy Maccarone collected a large bag of jerseys for Môrester children’s home and she has been asked to please emphasise that we would like to see these garments being worn by the children and not stashed away in store rooms.
The show and tell as always was very exciting, encouraging and enjoyable.
There was yarn a plenty and everybody had some to take home for projects this month.
The WWKIP day was discussed and members asked to come along on the 13th June at 2pm and to bring a friend and a plate of eats.
Please remember that the next meeting will be held on the first Saturday in June as usual.

We have enough preemie hats and bootees to last a while, so, this is your chance to try something else…

MY FAVOURITE BOOTEE PATTERN
Using 3 ply and 12 needles (UK Sizes), Size 2 US – large preemie
Using 4 ply and 11(UK sizes), Size 3 US needles - new-born
Cast on 29 sts
1st row - knit twice into the first stitch, knit 12, knit twice into the following 2 stitches, knit 12, knit twice into the next stitch, knit 1
2nd row and alternate rows - knit
3rd row - knit twice into the first stitch, knit 14, knit twice into the following 2 stitches, knit 14, knit twice into the next stitch, knit 1
5th row - knit twice into the first stitch, knit 16, knit twice into the following 2 stitches, knit 16, knit twice into the next stitch, knit 1
7th row - knit twice into the first stitch, knit 18, knit twice into the following 2 stitches, knit 18, knit twice into the next stitch, knit 1
9th row - knit 21 stitches, knit twice into the following 2 stitches, knit 22
11th row - knit 22 stitches, knit twice into the following 2 stitches, knit 23
You should have 49 stitches on the needle at this stage.
Next 5 rows knit
Now shape the top of the foot
1st row knit 28 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, turn
2nd row knit 8 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, turn
Repeat this 2nd row until there are 12 sts left unworked at either side of the centre 9 stitches, knit to the end of the row.
Knit 2 rows.
Ribbon row at the ankle - Knit 1, yarn forward, knit 2 stitches together, and repeat to the end of the row
Next row knit
Now knit 6 or more rows single rib or any other pattern for the leg.
Cast off loosely.
To make up - join back and under foot seam.  Thread twisted or crocheted cords or ribbon through the holes at the ankle.
Make another bootee to match the first.

REPEATING SOME BASIC INFORMATION FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE -

BLANKETS - Most hospitals prefer 30 x 30 inches size blankets, that way they can be taken home for new-borns.

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.

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, please. :-)

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

SWEATERS / JACKETS / TOPS - Should fit from 1.6 kg to new-born 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. Make your items to fit 1.6 kg to new-born babies, please; sweaters any smaller will not be used!!!

Please when making items, unless a hospital asks for the smaller preemie hats we try and keep them around the 4-5 lb range.  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, ETC. - Each week our group gifts up to 50 new-born and premature babies at the local Government hospital.  In these baby packs we place basic items for the baby’s wellbeing 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, especially if they are made of synthetics, 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.

GROUPS THAT SHARE OUR INTEREST IN HELPING BABIES AND THEIR MOMMIES –

BEANIES AND BLANKETS FOR BABIES - We knit, crochet, sew and donate items to babies and moms in King Dinuzulu and Murchison Hospitals, KZN, larger sizes go to Creighton, southern Drakensberg

BOWLERS 4 BABIES – We aim to make up gift packs to give to the new mothers at the local Provincial hospitals.  Inspired by The Ruth Mailbag Group and Joy Coetzee

AMOR GROUP works for the babies born at Steve Biko in Pretoria

TEN THOUSAND BLOCKS FOR AMOR works for the Amor Group

KALAFONG GROUP works for the babies born at Kalafong Hospital, Pretoria

ARTICLES YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING – MEMBERS IN THE “SPOTLIGHT”!

TWO ST ANNES NURSES HONOURED FOR CHARITY WORK – CONGRATULATIONS Morag!!!

DURBANITES SHARE THE WARMTH – Good luck Snoeks and friends!!!

A KAS ROAD TRIP – DAY 2!  Thank you KAS for your support!!!

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, 21 May 2015

News

I am busy with the newsletter...  If you have anything you would like to share email joy.coetzee@gmail.com, please.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Needs

We have a large amount of preemie hats and bootees at this stage, so, if you would like to do something else for a change, now is the time... Happy crafting!!!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Heads up

This is a heads up for those members and friends who volunteered at the hospital during the last strike...  rumour has it that there is another strike pending...  please get together with the folks you were with last time and see what you can do to help...  I am collecting any baby clothes, towels, blankets, face cloths, baby soap, baby creams, etc to help if this strike should materialise.  People you can contact for information are Wilma at Tuinhuis and Wendy at the Egerton After Care.  They were both very active in the past.  Thank you in anticipation.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Meeting Reminder

MEETING REMINDER!  Saturday, 9th May 2015, 14h00, Juana Maria Home, Ladysmith.  Please bring a friend.  See you there!!!

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