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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso and Siyathemba at Durban – Gail Rozendaal email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Fax 086 516 4618