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

Saturday, 4 October 2014

CHANGE OF ADDRESS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT


CHANGE OF ADDRESS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

Unfortunately our collection point at P C Galaxy is not working out, and it is necessary to change our address.  Kerry Olivier is very caring and helpful but she has to be out of her shop often to assist clients and this is causing a problem with deliveries.  Kerry will kindly continue to collect those packages that are already in the post.

I have accepted the kind offer of Linda Ball at Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre to collect The Ruth Mailbag Group goodies for us.  Linda has been a supporter of our group for many years and very excited to be actively involved now.

Starting right away please send your packages or hand deliver your packages to:  The Ruth Mailbag Group, C/o Elna Sewing and Knitting Centre, “For charity – NO retail value”, 74 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.

I am very sorry for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours in charity crafting,

Joy – The Ruth Mailbag Group

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Hampers: Christmas Baby and New Year Baby


Good morning,

I am collecting 2 special baby hampers; Hamper 1 will be for the Christmas baby and Hamper 2 will be for the New Year baby.  If you would like to contribute an item or more please mark your package Christmas baby / New Year baby and I will keep your items aside for that purpose.  Please NO pink or blue items, neutral colours and items only, as we do not know if it will be a boy or a girl.  Bless you and thank you in advance for your support!

PS  Of course this project may be adopted for any of the hospitals you are working for; I will not think that you are reigning on my parade, just that great minds think a like!!!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Newsletter 9 of 2014 and attachment


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 9 OF 2014

 Greetings to everyone who participates in The Ruth Mailbag Group. Thank you for all that you do to warm and comfort others.  FYI: I begin each newsletter shortly after sending out the previous issue. I’ve learned NOT to wait until the last minute to work on newsletters. As materials arrive in e-mail and mail, I try to insert them into the next issue. This avoids forgetting something or overlooking it in a rush to meet a deadline.

Thank you for sending photos and notes.  I enjoy reading your letters and hearing about all that you and / or your group donates to area hospitals.  I send very best wishes for a wonderful summer.  Keep well and enjoy summer leisure activities.

With very best wishes to everyone reading this newsletter.

 Just want to express my heartfelt gratitude and say, THANK YOU!  Allyson Johnson, Australia, Ann Hedley, Anonymous, Barbara UK and family, Carol Bower and friends, England, Doreen Brits, Edna Smith, Eileen Gibbons, Ellie Weeber, Frances Labuschagne, Gerty Kotze, Janet Mill and friends, Joan de Pindray, Judy Maccarone, Julie and Emma, Blackpool, UK, Karin Strauss, Kay Thorne and the Geluksburgers, Linda Mitchell, Fife, Scotland, Meisie Foster, Renate Dunham, Ronel Langley and friends, Baby Beanies for Africa and NZ, Shirley Spear Brownlee, Norway, Wendy Hsiao and Mom, Newcastle.

You can see the effects the postal strike is having on the number of packages received from abroad this past month.

 A FEW HINTS TO GET YOU STARTED

 ·        When making items for newborns, especially hats, PLEASE use soft baby, sport, or Simply Soft type yarns. 

·        Babies have delicate skin - thick or chunky yarns will not work.

·        Ask the hospital where you are donating for suggestions on patterns to use, colours, and sizes.

·        To fit a newborn make the hat stretchy and large enough to fit on a grapefruit.

PATTERNS

 
Crochet

 



http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/climbingshells.html - do not make any preemie sized blankets, please, they are not used in the unit and way too small by the time the baby is discharged. Minimum size 30 inches x 30 inches, please.



 
Knitting

 






 
RUMOURS!!!  I have to correct a rumour doing the rounds…  We are still working for and helping the boarder/lodger moms!!!  The rumour going around that Louisa has taken over is not true…  Louisa is a nurse in the KMC and she is doing everything in her power to make things more comfortable for the mothers…  You will remember that she recently asked for hats and bootees for the premature babies in her department and we gave her several sets for ward stock to keep the little patients warmer and more comfortable…  She has not taken over our gifting from us; we still visit the moms as often as possible and give them personal items whenever we have in stock…  Please do not stop giving/sending us items for the moms as we are still taking care of our boarder/lodger moms.  I do hope this will clear the rumour/confusion up.  If you have any questions or concerns please ask away and I will try and answer you to the best of my ability.  Bless you and thank you in advance for your continued support of our MOMS and the babies.

 
GIFTING

 
Sunday, 31 August 2014 - Today was a very special day for Ruth Mailbag Gifting!  Firstly, our friend, Ronel, from Australia (she in now actively involved with Baby Beanies for Africa and NZ) is visiting and was able to join us for this distribution.  Secondly, a much younger friend, Janke, joined us to gain experience in doing charitable work for a Life Orientation project she is doing at school.  I trust both ladies thoroughly enjoyed the outing with us.  We gifted 18 premature babies, 19 newborn babies and 21 boarder / lodger moms (several sets of twins today!) Thank you to Barbara, Janke, Francis, Lise, Mariette, Ronel, and Shirley for helping to carry the goodies.  A BIG thank you to Ronel who squeezed a large bag full of baby goodies into her luggage for our babies, further, thanks to the staff for their help and co-operation, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Coffee at the Wimpy afterwards was very pleasant and gave us all a chance to catch up and chill.

 
Sunday, 07 September 2014 - Gifted 24 premature babies and 26 newborn 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.  Thank you, Wendy and Mom for catching up with me; 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, 14 September 2014 - Gifted 7 premature babies and 14 newborn 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.  Considerably fewer boarder / lodger moms than we have grown accustomed to; the one prefab unit was actually locked.  To all those wonderful people who contribute to the baby packs, bless you and thank you for your help.

 
Sunday, 21 September 2014: Gifted 28 babies, moms pleased.   Thank you to Francis and Mariette for helping to carry the goodies.  Thanks to the staff for their help and co-operation, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Coffee at the Wimpy afterwards was very pleasant and gave us all a chance to catch up and chill.

 
 
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.

 
MEETING - Thank you, to all the ladies, who attended the meeting, held on Saturday, 6 September 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.   Those who were absent 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, 4 October 2014 at 2 pm.

 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 

 
Current needs:

1.      Basic toiletry items for the lodger / boarder moms – face cloths / sponges, toilet soap, tooth brush and tooth paste.

2.      New born size bootees.

 

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.

 

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

September for November – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying)

 
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!

CHANGE OF ADDRESS:  No overseas packages, please!!!
“Amor vir Premmie- en Siek Baba’s – Steve Biko Hospitaal, Pretoria.  Indien u dit wil koerier of persoonlik wil aflewer, kan dit na Lanie Meyer toe gaan by 8ste Laan 922 WONDERBOOM-SUID 0084.”

 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


 
FORUMS –









 

Worldwide, 13 million babies are born too soon each year.

 
Wear purple to show your support!

 Spread the word about the dangers of premature birth.

 
To mark the occasion the Ruth Mailbag Group are collecting hats, bootees and blankets for premature infants.
 


your gift helps provide comfort and support to families with a baby in the NICU.

 
Prematurity Awareness Month

 
November is Prematurity Awareness Month® and the Ruth Mailbag Group would like to focus the nation’s attention on premature birth. The awareness month kicks off on November 1.

 November 17 marks World Prematurity Day,

 
and the Ruth Mailbag Group are asking everyone to help spread the word on the serious problem of premature birth.

 
TO SEND DONATED ITEMS
THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP, For charity - NO retail value,
C/O P C Galaxy, 23 b Francis Road, LADYSMITH 3370, S. AFRICA

 
CAN YOU KNIT, CROCHET OR SEW?

Then why not join us or send in your finished items.  Please remember to add your name and address / email so we can let you know they have arrived...

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KINDNESS!

 
Contact - Joy.coetzee@gmail.com; Fax 086 516 4618

Related link - http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.comBottom of Form

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

CHANGE OF ADDRESS: No overseas packages, please!!!


CHANGE OF ADDRESS:  No overseas packages, please!!!

Amor vir Premmie- en Siek Baba’s – Steve Biko Hospitaal, Pretoria.  Indien u dit wil koerier of persoonlik wil aflewer, kan dit na Lanie Meyer toe gaan by 8ste Laan 922 WONDERBOOM-SUID 0084.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Urgently needing toiletries for the moms


We have completely run out of stock of toiletries for the moms, so, urgently needing the basics, please – facecloth / sponge, toilet soap, toothpaste and toothbrush.  Many thanks.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Write a letter to a hospital


We need a fresh approach, please put pen to paper and help us.  In a paragraph or 3, write and tell a hospital about the work we do for moms and babies in our various communities, and ask them if they may be interested in receiving baby items for gifting free of any charge to the moms and babies at their hospital.  I will print a couple of these submissions on all our Forums, groups and newsletter with credit to the author!  Please submit to joy.coetzee@gmail.com as soon as possible.  Many thanks.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

LOOKING FOR MOM AND BABY NEWS


LOOKING FOR MOM AND BABY NEWS

 

Please send me:

 

·        Photos and matching captions to share on our facebook page or upload them yourself.

 

·        News items for our next newsletter e.g. project you are busy with or will be busy with or was busy with...  even send us a copy of YOUR newsletter...  there must be a hundred things you can share with fellow members (hospitals, charity crafting groups or individual charity crafters worldwide).

 

·        Hospitals and groups always have needs, please, consider sending us the particulars and don’t forget a detailed postal address and name of the contact person.

 

Looking forward to my inbox being flooded with all your wonderful MOM AND BABY news.

 

Yours in charity crafting,

Joy

The Ruth Mailbag Group

SOUTH AFRICA