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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, 8 February 2016

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP: REPORT OF CLOSING MEETING HELD ON 6 FEBRUARY 2016

OUTREACHES

After discussion it was resolved that the conveners would independently continue with their work for the various outreaches, see below for contact persons:

Psychiatric Hospital at Bloemfontein – Doreen Brits at doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso – Gail Rozendaal at gail.rozendaal@gmail.com
Môrester Children’s Home – Judy Maccarone (telephone number on request)
Walton Street Clinic – Gil Richmond at richmort@telkomsa.net

GROUPS – Please continue to support these groups

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

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 N J Korong.  Telephone number of staff liaison person: (011) 089-8500 Ext 1244.  Fax: (011) 825-5425.  Email: Jeanette.Korong@gauteng.gov.za.  Needs: Kangaroo Abbas, vests, jerseys, booties, hats (prems and full term new-borns).  General: Receiving blankets.  Contact person is Alison Beattie at https://www.facebook.com/alliebt

Morag Macneill Van Deventer lives at Fordmouth, Baynesfield and works for various charities e.g. Nels Rust School, mums in Edendale Kangaroo Mother Care unit. Edendale Burns Unit (Burns Care Trust), Mahagu children, etc.  She calls her charity group, "Kuvela Orhandweni". Please visit her page at https://www.facebook.com/morag.m.vandeventer for more information.

SHARING
I have been asked to keep sharing posts from all the groups who belong to our network. The groups think that way they will still feel as though they are part of something bigger than just their own groups – https://www.facebook.com/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group-153666104700531/

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS - When posting items to the groups, please, follow these guidelines carefully –
ADDRESS LABEL CHANGE - the new message needs to read: BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. The label needs to be added to the front of the parcel. Please write a value of '0' or '1' at the most on the customs ticket.
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: BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
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: Please visit the group of your choice on Facebook for information.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Please add a note with your email address so that they may acknowledge your parcel.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Happy charity crafting!!!
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group
Contact: Joy.coetzee@gmail.com

Fax 086 516 4618

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Notice of meeting

Notice is hereby given of the last and closing meeting of The Ruth Mailbag Group to be held on Saturday, 6 February 2016 at 14h00. See you there!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

NEWSLETTER 1 OF 2016

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP:  NEWSLETTER 1 OF 2016

Thank you to everyone who sent Christmas & Holiday greetings!  2015 was a very good year, but it flew by much too quickly and will always be remembered for the upheaval at the post office that came very close to crippling our work for the moms and babies.
A sincere thank you to everyone who sent donations to The Ruth Mailbag Group, your knitted, crocheted, bought and / or good quality second hand goodies were much appreciated.

THE END OF AN ERA!!!

I regret to advise that with great difficulty, much thought and prayer, I find it necessary to close The Ruth Mailbag Group. Our last meeting will be held on the 1st Saturday in February at which we will finalize outreaches, etc. Any stock will be channelled to local charities, every little item will find a good home and one where your item is much needed. Bless you all and thank you for your never ending support over thirteen and a half years.

GIFTING

Friday, 25 December 2015:  New security team, although they didn’t know me at all, they were very pleasant about obtaining permission for me to visit the moms and babies.  Once I had permission on the ward to visit the moms I asked if I may please visit the Christmas babies and their moms first, there were 4 Christmas babies!!!  Unfortunately I was unable to take photos; I did see a journalist interviewing the moms and so hope that I will be able to track down some photos later on.  Gifted soft toys to 30 babies and little IsiZulu Bibles to the moms, (thank you, to Mariska and the Gideon’s for this kind donation), the moms were delighted to receive something that was just for them.  One of the moms told me she could not read IsiZulu, and asked if I perhaps had an English Bible for her, I asked her to wait while I went back to the car where I always keep a Bible and gave her mine, she was stunned that I would give her my very own Bible but I assured her that I had another at home and she was welcome to have the one I had brought for her, she was very obviously delighted with her gift/s.  Found one mommy who looked helpless with a baby in one arm and a cup of tea in the other, so I offered to help her and took the cup from her to put on the cupboard next to her while she was busy with the baby, she asked if I was a nurse, the staff told her no, I’m the mother of the babies, because I visit a lot and give the babies presents…  Blessed hour spent on this Christmas day.  Staff very busy, friendly and helpful as always.

Sunday, 27 December 2015:  Routine visit today – Gifted 12 preemies and 19 newborn babies.  Mums delighted with their packs (2 sets each for the newborn babies and 1 each for the preemies).  When I got to the B & B there was a chorus of “what happened to you?”  I had to explain that my absence was to spend time with my family, and then Christmas wishes were called out all around.  Staff very busy, friendly and helpful.  Blessed visit with our moms and babies.  Thank you, one and all for your support!

Sunday, 17 January 2016:  Gifted 17 preemies and 16 newborn babies.  Mums delighted with their packs (2 sets each for the newborn babies and 1 each for the preemies).  Staff very busy, friendly and helpful.  Blessed visit with our moms and babies.  Thank you, one and all for making these visits and gifts possible!

Please Remember We Have Various Outreaches - Please contact the convenors and continue supporting their work –

Psychiatric Hospital at Bloemfontein – Doreen Brits at doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso – Gail Rozendaal at gail.rozendaal@gmail.com
Môrester Children’s Home – Judy Maccarone is your contact person (telephone number on request)
Walton Street Clinic, and The Child Welfare (Urmila Riga) – Gil Richmond at richmort@telkomsa.net

Groups That Share Our Interest in Helping Babies and Their Mommies – Please continue to support their work –

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

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 N J Korong.  Telephone number of staff liaison person: (011) 089-8500 Ext 1244.  Fax: (011) 825-5425.  Email: Jeanette.Korong@gauteng.gov.za.  Needs: Kangaroo Abbas, vests, jerseys, booties, hats (prems and full term new-borns).  General: Receiving blankets.  Contact person is Alison Beattie at https://www.facebook.com/alliebt.

Morag Macneill Van Deventer lives at Fordmouth, Baynesfield and works for various charities e.g. Nels Rust School, mums in Edendale Kangaroo Mother Care unit. Edendale Burns Unit (Burns Care Trust), Mahagu children, etc.  She calls her charity group, "Kuvela Orhandweni". Please visit her page at https://www.facebook.com/morag.m.vandeventer for more information.

I have been asked to keep sharing posts from all the groups who belong to our network. The groups think that way they will still feel as though they are part of something bigger than just their own groups – https://www.facebook.com/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group-153666104700531/ .

POSTAL INSTRUCTION - Please continue to support the above groups, when posting items to them please follow these guidelines carefully –
ADDRESS LABEL CHANGE - the new message needs to read: BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. The label needs to be added to the front of the parcel. Please write a value of '0' or '1' at the most on the customs ticket.
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: BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE.
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: Please visit the group of your choice on Facebook for information.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Please add a note with your email address so that they may acknowledge your parcel.  Thank you in advance for your support!

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

Contact: Joy.coetzee@gmail.com

Fax 086 516 4618

Friday, 22 January 2016

Sorry, we're closing

I regret to advise that with great difficulty, much thought and prayer, I find it necessary to close The Ruth Mailbag Group.  Our last meeting will be held on the 1st Saturday in February at which we will finalize outreaches, etc.  Any stock will be channeled to local charities, every little item will find a good home and one where your item is much needed.  Bless you all and thank you for your never ending support over thirteen and a half years.  Yours in charity crafting, Joy


Monday, 21 December 2015

NEWSLETTER 12 OF 2015


THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP - NEWSLETTER 12 OF 2015

When I turn the calendar page to the last month of the year, I am always AMAZED that the year has flown by, but I usually think back to assess what I’ve accomplished in those months. Gifted during the period January to the end of November:  451 new-born babies, 443 preemie babies, 907 babies (not separating preemie and new-born), 127 boarder moms and many assorted bags to the children’s homes, etc.; 2015 was a unique year!

From letters and photos sent to me by participants in The Ruth Mailbag Group I realize that what I started over 13 years ago as a personal volunteer project has grown well beyond anything I could have imagined. Those letters really make my day! I never thought that one person could make a difference, but I’ve changed my mind about that.  What you do does make a difference in this world and I hope that you will continue to do all that you can to warm and comfort others in need. Each hat, blanket, gown and toy, does affect someone who really appreciates your concern and kindness.
As you make New Year’s resolutions for 2016, please include the continuation of donations of hats, booties, jackets, jerseys, toys, blankets, etc. to comfort the sick and those in need.

Thank you for all that you’ve done in 2015 and my very best wishes for a happy & healthy new year.

Snoeks Desmond and our friends at Beanies and Blankets for Babies wrote:  As we come to the end of another year of Beanies and Blankets for Babies we reflect on what has been achieved and what the project means to those who benefit.  We have achieved a lot in terms of getting blankets, tops, bootees and beanies to babies born in King Dinuzulu Hospital here in Durban. Our travelling friends bring us toiletries from abroad and from within South Africa and these are given to the mothers who also need a bit of spoiling at this time of their lives.  We have had lucky draws where some mothers have received really lovely gifts such as doilies to brighten their homes, larger size jerseys, full size toiletries and travel packs.  We have handed out story books in the hope that mothers will read to their children from an early age and so foster a love of books and reading.  We have also achieved a lot for ourselves – those of us who knit, crochet, sew, collect and deliver.  Many people have said how grateful they are to have an outlet for their creativity and their wish to help others.  This project, as well as our sister projects down the South Coast and now in Gauteng and our mother project in Ladysmith, depend on people being generous and we have not been disappointed. There are wonderfully generous people out there who help create brightness in the lives of those whose material circumstances are difficult. Thank you to all of you.

Doreen Brits, family, friends and the Busy Bees wrote:  At the start of the New Year I worked on matinee sets for the premature babies but as the months passed-by new projects got included, the knitting of hats, scarves, small jerseys, bed socks, blankets or whatever is needed. There are also fetes in May and November in aid of the Koekie Jacobsz Senior Centre, handwork is done for them. I helped others complete their handwork.  On the 18th November 14 teddies were given to Charlotte Strydom and on the 2nd December 11. A senior citizen, Frances Labuschagne knits the teddies and I sew/puff-up and complete the items. The teddies are given to Victory Haven. I sewed knitted squares together and have 2 blankets, my sister and friends knit the squares. Now I am busy with small soft toys and red, white and green bootees. Festive greetings to all. Blessings, Doreen.

Wendy Walker and Bowlers for Babies wrote:  I'm pleased to report that our movement seems to be growing.
We now have members at 5 bowling clubs on the South Coast (I’d estimate 35 contributors in the last 2 1/2 years). We even receive knitting from Wales in the UK as one of our bowlers at Margate has a sister there who is very supportive. He brings over a suitcase full of baby clothes twice a year.
Some bowlers have donated cash so that we are able to supply wool to those that can't afford it. We're also able to fill in the items in the packs - such as buy more baby-gros or vests. We have included a jar of Vaseline into the Christmas pack that we are giving out early in December.
I've been invited to speak to the local Quilters Guild in January as they want to adopt us for 2016. It'll be tremendous if they can make us baby quilts to include into the packs.
We have made 5 deliveries to the maternity ward at Murchison Hospital in 2015.  It takes time to accumulate enough blankets or receiving blankets to make every pack identical.  I have appealed to a contact in the textile industry to donate us cotton material or winter sheeting - so we'll wait to see if that's fruitful.
I've also met a Muslim gentleman at the local flea market who is willing to sell us baby clothes at cost (or less) so I'm hoping to include leggings or a vest in future packs. He has sold me baby-gros at R10 each which we'll include in another delivery in January.
The CEO and staff at Murchison are always very welcoming. We run a lucky draw at the anti-natal clinic for any extra packs left over (usually 5-6) which they thoroughly enjoy. In December I'm also taking cakes for the nurses’ tea-time as they are so helpful.
Since we started the Facebook page we've had interest from all over South Africa and around the world.
We hope to make more deliveries in 2016 - possibly on a monthly basis.
Wishing you Joy a peaceful Christmas and wonderful New Year.
Thank you for motivating us all to give back to our communities.

THANK YOU –

Princess Hadebe <hadebe.princess@yahoo.com> wrote:  I just wanna convey the appreciation of Ladysmith kidz to you for clothing that we have received.  I am from Kuyasa Development Organisation in Ladysmith in partnership with Cindi.  Thank u so much.  May God bless you.

Tina Lombard, PRO/Skakelbeampte, Morester Child and Youth Centre wrote: Just to say thank you very much for the clothes that we received from you.  Hope you have a very wonderful festive season!  May God bless this time for you. Kind Regards, Tina

Please visit our Facebook page to see acknowledgements for donations and photos of your beautiful work.  I enjoy sharing all your photos and reports, please keep on sharing.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531.
Reminder!  The Ruth Mailbag Group Meetings, 1st Saturday of the month, February through November, 14h00 –  about 16h00, Juana Maria Home, Francis Road, Ladysmith, KZN.  Thank you, Juana Maria, for your hospitality!  Please bring your charity knitting, crocheting & sewing; any yarn and or patterns to swap, etc.  December – end of year get together!  January - in recess!
Dates to Remember In 2016 - 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!
If you would like to make changes to this programme please send me your suggestions to joy.coetzee@gmail.com.  Thank you.
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 (premature and very small babies)
                Let us start working on long sleeves and other winter warmers…
May for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – Walton Street Clinic
June for 1 – 7 August – Breastfeeding week – Walton Street Clinic
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Boarder Moms)
August for September – Spring Day
September for November – Surprise me!
We can start working on short sleeves and other light weight garments for summer.
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December – Christmas Day (e.g. small soft toys for new born babies)
December for 1 January – New Year’s Day


PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the present upheaval at the post office I suggest that you do not post any parcels until further notice, please.  Thank you for your co-operation.
When we resume posting parcels, again, please address all your post to:
The Ruth Mailbag Group, BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA,
OR
The Ruth Mailbag Group, BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, 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!
Please Remember We Have Various Outreaches That We Support (by giving them the items we cannot use for the babies) –

Psychiatric Hospital at Bloemfontein – Doreen Brits doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso – Gail Rozendaal gail.rozendaal@gmail.com
Môrester Children’s Home – Judy Maccarone is your contact person (telephone number on request)
Walton Street Clinic, and The Child Welfare (Urmila Riga) – Gil Richmond richmort@telkomsa.net

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

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 N J Korong.  Telephone number of staff liaison person: (011) 089-8500 Ext 1244.  Fax: (011) 825-5425.  Email: Jeanette.Korong@gauteng.gov.za.  Needs: Kangaroo Abbas, vests, jerseys, booties, hats (prems and full term new-borns).  General: Receiving blankets.  Contact person is Alison Beattie at https://www.facebook.com/alliebt.

A lovely end of year lunch was held on Saturday, the 5th December 2015 at the Guinea Fowl Restaurant, thanks for the wonderful company, everybody went home with a Christmas goodies bag to keep busy with during the holidays.  Thank you, Shirley, for the beautiful roses, they are much appreciated.  Bless you and thank you for your support!

GIFTING –

Sunday, 06 December 2015:  Gifted 13 newborn and 25 preemie babies.  Moms loved their sets (they each got 2).  The second to last mommy I visited told me that her baby was very small and normal baby clothes would be too big, I scratched in my bag and gave her a preemie pack containing 2 preemie sets for her little girl, 1 would fit at about 1 kg and the other at about 1.5 kg, she was thrilled, jumped off her bed and gave me the biggest hug you can imagine.  These are the little things that make what we do worthwhile, giving mom something that fits her precious little baby, lends a little normality to having a premature baby.  Bless you all for what you do for our moms and their babies.  The staff was friendly and helpful.

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

Contact: Joy.coetzee@gmail.com
Fax 086 516 4618

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

Monday, 30 November 2015

NEWSLETTER 11 OF 2015

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP:  NEWSLETTER 11 OF 2015

I trust that you will enjoy the articles and information in this newsletter. Thank you for using your time and talents to help “our” babies.

I want to express my appreciation for your generosity and support of The Ruth Mailbag Group. Your personal commitment was incredibly helpful. Your assistance means so much to me but even more to the moms and babies of The Ruth Mailbag Group. Thank you from all of us.

THANK YOU MESSAGES –

“Just want to thank you for the bags of clothing that we got from you.  It brought huge joy to the kids.  They could put it to good use with our merit day, they looked so smart.  Thanks a million!  We appreciate it!  Kind regards, Tina Lombard, PRO/Skakelbeampte, Morester Child and Youth Centre.”

“Thanks a million for the camping cot and clothes that you’ve send us!  That is going to come in real handy.  Kind regards, Tina Lombard, PRO/Skakelbeampte, Morester Child and Youth Centre”

Meeting – It was a larger group of members who got together this month.  Thank you, Rosemary, Sylvia and Frances for tendering apologies.  Karin shared her good news with the members, she still has a way to go but very positive about the future.  It was nice to have Gail, Karin, Sue and Anne with us again.
Sincere thanks to everyone who makes and donates items.  Your good deeds are appreciated and make this world a nicer place.  You make a positive difference in this world.
Gifting is going well.
Due to the present upheaval at the post office I suggested that no parcels be posted until further notice, please.
The various outreaches were discussed.
Judy was pleased to hear that I had received an email thank you from Morester Children’s Home for the last donation of clothes.
Gail received a bag full of jerseys for Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso, should any be too small she is to pass them along to Judy for Morester.
Gil was happy to report on a happy visit to Walton Street Clinic for their child care week.
Doreen is still collecting for the Psychiatric Hospital in Bloemfontein.
The groups that share our interest in helping babies and their mommies has grown by one…  A lady has “adopted” the hospital at Germiston and will be making donations to their babies, too.
The show and tell as always was very exciting, encouraging, and enjoyable.
Thank you Juana Maria Home for coffees enjoyed.
There will be no further meetings during the holiday season.  We will get together again for a meeting on the 1st Saturday in February 2016.
On the 1st Saturday in December we will meet at the Guinea Fowl Restaurant for lunch.  If you are interested in attending please let me know on joy.coetzee@gmail.com and I will send you the information.
On the 1st Saturday in January the group will be in recess.
Please remember that I will continue to distribute to the moms through the holiday period and will also continue to collect donations left at Elna and Foto First, so, although we will not be meeting you may leave your donations at either of our collection points for me to pick up.
The project through November is for Christmas and I would particularly like some small soft toys to gift to the babies at Christmas.
After discussion it was decided to adapt the rompers received a while ago into t-shirts.
The show and tell as always was very exciting, encouraging and enjoyable.
The meeting closed with a message of thanks and encouragement for a blessed month for each of us, our mommies and their babies.

GIFTING

Sunday, 08 November 2015:  Gifted 33 babies.  Moms loved the blankets, they asked for blankets the last time I visited them.  The staff friendly and helpful.  I checked on the 3 babies with no mommies from last weekend’s visit and was told that they were no longer in NICU.  To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for your generosity and kindness.  A big thank you to Mariette for helping me carry and distribute, the blankets are a heavier load than I can cope with on my own.  Once again, thank you for your support!

Sunday, 15 November 2015:  Gifted 13 newborn and 19 preemie babies (1 set of twins).  Moms loved their sets; they each got 2 sets today.  The staff friendly and helpful.  To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for your generosity and kindness.  Once again, thank you for your support!

Sunday, 22 November 2015: Gifted 22 larger summer rompers to Walton Street Clinic for the babies via Gil.  Many thanks.

Sunday, 22 November 2015:  Gifted 10 newborn and 22 preemie babies.  Moms loved their sets; they each got 2 sets, again, today.  The staff friendly and helpful.  To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for your generosity and kindness.  Once again, thank you for your support!

Thursday, 26 November 2015: Gifted to Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso via Gail Rozendaal several bags of clothing.  Thank you, for your support!

Sunday, 29 November 2015:  Gifted 32 babies.  Moms loved their bed socks, the necklaces a senior member of our group made for them and the sets for the babies.  The staff friendly and helpful.  To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for your generosity and kindness.  Once again, thank you for your support!

Please visit our Facebook page to see acknowledgements for donations and photos of your beautiful work.  I enjoy sharing all your photos and reports, please keep on sharing.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531.

Reminder!  The Ruth Mailbag Group Meetings, 1st Saturday of the month, February through November, 14h00 –  about 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.  December – end of year get together!  January - in recess!

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!
If you would like to make changes to this programme please send me your suggestions to joy.coetzee@gmail.com.  Thank you.
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 our premature and very small babies)
May for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – Walton Street Clinic, Gateway Clinic and our babies
June for 1 – 7 August – Breastfeeding week – Walton Street Clinic and Gateway Clinic
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Boarder Moms and their babies)
August for September – Spring Day
September for November – Surprise me!
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December – Christmas Day (e.g. small soft toys for new born babies)

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the present upheaval at the post office I suggest that you do not post any parcels until further notice, please.  Thank you for your co-operation.

When we resume posting parcels, again, please address all your post to:
The Ruth Mailbag Group, BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA,
OR
The Ruth Mailbag Group, BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, 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!

CHRISTMAS BOXES - Project in aid of ANIMAL ANTI CRUELTY LEAGUE, LADYSMITH
Categories:  Cat, dog, puppy, kitten
What to pack:  Food, Treats, Blanket, Toy and Bowl
Your box must have all the above items, please
Deliver in time for Christmas to 201 Newcastle Road, Ladysmith

Please Remember We Have Various Outreaches That We Support (by giving them the items we cannot use for the babies) –
Psychiatric Hospital at Bloemfontein – Doreen Brits doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso and Siyathemba at Durban – Gail Rozendaal gail.rozendaal@gmail.com
Môrester Children’s Home – Judy Maccarone is your contact person (telephone number on request)
Walton Street Clinic, and The Child Welfare (Urmila Riga) – Gil Richmond richmort@telkomsa.net

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
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beanies-and-Blankets-for-Babies/1430102543930319?sk=info&tab=page_info

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
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowlers-4-Babies/1448690508762410

Amor Group works for the babies born at Steve Biko in Pretoria
https://www.facebook.com/groups/236101209863890/

Ten Thousand Blocks for Amor works for the Amor Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1549333885352861/

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

Contact: Joy.coetzee@gmail.com
Fax 086 516 4618

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

Monday, 2 November 2015

NEWSLETTER 10 OF 2015

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP - NEWSLETTER 10 OF 2015

Thank you for your generous donation/s!  Thanks for your act of kindness, will always cherish it in my heart, thanks for all your support, It really means a lot, in today’s world, where there is no help or thought, you went out of your way for our babies, it’s just your kindness that I can see, so thanks a lot!

GIFTING –
Sunday, 27 September 2015: Gifted 36 babies (2 sets of twins).  Moms loved the blankets, you will remember they asked for blankets the last time I visited them.  The staff friendly and helpful. To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for your generosity and kindness.
Sunday, 04 October 2015: Gifted 16 newborn babies and 9 preemies.  Moms loved their sets.   The staff friendly and helpful. To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for sharing your talent, generosity and kindness with us.
Sunday, 11 October 2015: Gifted 21 newborn babies and 14 preemies.  Moms loved their sets.   The staff friendly and helpful. To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for sharing your talent, generosity and kindness with us.  Thank you for your support!
Saturday, 17 October 2015: Gifted 100 vests and hats sets to Walton Street Clinic for their child care awareness programme in the week.  Thank you to all those wonderful people worldwide who contributed to these little sets, your support is much appreciated.
Sunday, 25 October 2015:  Gifted 13 newborn babies and 14 preemies.  Moms loved their sets.   The staff friendly and helpful. To all who contributed towards these packs today, bless you and thank you for sharing your talent, generosity and kindness with us.  Thank you for your support!
Sunday, 01 November 2015:  Gifted 22 Preemie and 22 Newborn babies.  A very interesting visit…  I arrived as usual, had a little chat with security and was waved along to maternity.  In maternity I was given the nod to visit the moms.  A happy little visit with each one and each one gets a set for their baby.  As I was leaving, I had two of the staff from NICU running after me, calling for my attention, I turned and walked back to them, “please could they have 3 little sets for the babies with no mommies they are currently looking after” so, I dig through my bags and produce three little sets I think are suitable for preemie babies, after a little chat I carry on to KMC…  As I was rounding the corner of their building the moms obviously saw me through the window and started serenading me, into the door, the staff wave me through with a big smile on their faces and there in front of me are the moms all squeezed onto the couch with their babies, obviously waiting for my visit…  we chat and I pass around preemie baby sets and off I go again to the moms in the “B & B”.  They bounce upright on their beds the minute I appear in the door and I chat with each one around the room and give them sets for their babies all still in NICU, happily I move into the second “B & B” and the same thing happens, everybody bounces upright in their beds and we have a happy visit gifting each mom and her baby.  What an awesome visit this was!

Meeting –It was a small group of members who got together this month.  Thank you, Gail, Karin, Sue and Sylvia for tendering apologies.  Karin please remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Those ladies, who were not present, are assured that they were missed and we trust that you will be in a position to attend the next meeting.  I think the rugby played a big part in keeping many members at home.
Sincere thanks to everyone who makes and donates items.  Your good deeds are appreciated and make this world a nicer place.  You make a positive difference in this world.
Gifting is going well, despite the fact that we go for weeks without receiving any mail, when it does arrive it is in the numbers e.g. 6 parcels in one week.
We spoke about the gifting at Gateway Clinic and Gil has her reservations about the number of packs we gave being too many and that Gateway maybe does not wish to handle so many packs at a given time, so, I have tried to obtain some feedback only to find that Sister Ngwenya is not at Gateway anymore.  I will take them off the list until such time as I am able to get some feedback for us.
The various outreaches were discussed.  Doreen explained that she continuously collects for the Psychiatric Hospital until such time as she goes for a visit when she then takes all the donations she has collected with her.  Doreen asked us to take Harrismith Crèche off the list as they do not appear to have any needs at the moment.
Judy was delighted with several bags full of clothes for the Môrester Children’s Home and she will report back at the meeting next month.
The dates to remember for 2016 will be amended as you will see in this newsletter, any further suggestions are welcome.
The groups that share our interest in helping babies and their mommies are doing very well and we continue to wish them success in everything they do for their communities.
The show and tell as always was very exciting, encouraging, and enjoyable.
Thank you, Juana Maria Home, for coffees enjoyed.
The meeting closed with a message of thanks and encouragement for a blessed month for each of us, our mommies and their babies.
Meetings are held on every first Saturday of the month…  Just 1 more to go before our year end function in December…  It was agreed to go to Guinea Fowl Restaurant again this year for our end of year function in December, Rosemary reminded us to ask for a square table as the oblong table did not allow you to chat freely with everybody at the table.…

End of year function to be held on Saturday, 5 December 2015, if you are going to be in the area and would like to join us, please, let me know on joy.coetzee@gmail.com so that I may send you the details.

Please visit our Facebook page to see acknowledgements for donations and photos of your beautiful work.  I enjoy sharing all your photos and reports, please keep on sharing.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531.

Reminder!  The Ruth Mailbag Group Meetings, 1st Saturday of the month, February through November, 14h00 –  about 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!
If you would like to make changes to this programme please send me your suggestions to joy.coetzee@gmail.com.  Thank you.
November for 25 December – Christmas Day (e.g. small soft toys for new born babies)
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 our premature and very small babies)
May for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day – Walton Street Clinic, Gateway Clinic and our babies
June for 1 – 7 August – Breastfeeding week – Walton Street Clinic and Gateway Clinic
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Boarder Moms and their babies)
August for September – Spring Day
September for November – Surprise me!
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day

PLEASE NOTE:
Due to the present upheaval at the post office I suggest that you do not post any parcels until further notice, please.
Thank you for your co-operation.

When we resume posting parcels, again, please address all your post to:
The Ruth Mailbag Group, BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA,
OR
The Ruth Mailbag Group, BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, 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!

Please Remember We Have Various Outreaches That We Support (by giving them the items we cannot use for the babies) –
Psychiatric Hospital at Bloemfontein – Doreen Brits doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso and Siyathemba at Durban – Gail Rozendaal gail.rozendaal@gmail.com
Môrester Children’s Home – Judy Maccarone is your contact person (telephone number on request)
Walton Street Clinic, and The Child Welfare (Urmila Riga) – Gil Richmond richmort@telkomsa.net

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
 en Thousand Blocks for Amor works for the Amor Group

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

Contact: Joy.coetzee@gmail.com
Fax 086 516 4618

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