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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

Sunday, 27 July 2014

NEWSLETTER 7 OF 2014


NEWSLETTER 7 OF 2014

 

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

 

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

 

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

Thank you, Yvonne

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

GIFTING –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

August for 12 September – International Crochet Day
September for November – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying)
October for 17 November – World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December – Christmas Day
December for 1 January – New Year’s Day
January for 14 February – Valentine’s Day
February for 17 March – St Patrick’s Day
March for 20 April – Easter Sunday
April for 15 May – International Kangaroo Care Day
May for 21 June – World Wide Knit in Public Day – Comfort scarves for Victory Haven & other shelters
June for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder Moms and their babies)

 

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

 

TIP FOR THOSE WONDERFUL LADIES WHO SEW BLANKETS for OUR babies.  Please do not hem the blankets, it makes for a bulky edge that is uncomfortable for the babies especially the premature babies, please over lock the edges it is flatter and softer for the babies.  Bless you and thank you for your hard work and kind donations each and every one is much appreciated.

 

PATTERNS – for charity (full term and premature babies)

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

 

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

 

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

 

FORUMS –

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

Thursday, 10 July 2014

NEW ADDRESS

 
NEW ADDRESS
 
Thank you, to Yvonne and her friend Kerry Oliver, we have a new address for collections, please address all your post to:
 
The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o PC Galaxy, 23b Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
 
Hand deliveries only, please note - Office hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm. Sunday’s and Public Holidays they are closed.
 
Thank you to all who offered help of any kind during this worrying time, your support and encouragement has been amazing.
 
Yours in charity crafting,
Joy
The Ruth Mailbag Group

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

URGENT!!!


URGENT!!!

It has come to my attention that Yvonne’s business, Foto First, is for sale and that they will be closing on 31 July 2014.

Please do not send any packages to their address with immediate effect.  As soon as I have been able to secure a postal address for “The Ruth Mailbag Group” I will advise you and we can commence sending packages again.  I do not wish to lose any of your precious work in this interim period.

I will also not have a local collection point at this stage so I kindly ask that you bring your donations to our monthly meetings held at 2 pm every first Saturday of the month at the Juana Maria Home, please, mark your packages very boldly “The Ruth Mailbag Group”.

If you are aware of somebody who wishes to act as our local collection point please let me know immediately.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Yours in charity crafting,

Joy – The Ruth Mailbag Group

Monday, 23 June 2014

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP – Newsletter 6 of 2014


THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP – Newsletter 6 of 2014


Knitters are very generous people. We know that many of you already knit for charity, our primary interests are the premature and newborn babies born at government hospitals across the country, and that there is a need for more promotion on knitting for charity. We have received many enquiries asking which hospitals need knitters and we hope to let you know, but we do need your help.

 
If you know of any hospitals who accept clothes and blankets for their premature and newborn babies, please let us know so that we can keep everyone informed.  To tell us of any hospital you are knitting for that would welcome help from other knitters, just send an email to joy.coetzee@gmail.com and I will try to include your message in the next available issue of our newsletter.

 
Any hospital with a labour and delivery floor will likely be thrilled to accept hats, layette items, and blankets sized to fit preemies and newborn babies. 

Remember, before you take a trip to a hospital, be sure to call them ahead of time and ask if they will accept whatever you have to donate. Some may have guidelines; others may not be able to accept the items in question for one reason or another. Most, however, will be very glad to accept whatever you have to offer!


Another thing to keep in mind is that the need for garments or knitted items is all year round and not just in the winter time.  Hospitals are often overwhelmed with donations at the holidays, but still need items throughout the year.

 
 

 

As parents of premature and sick babies, being able to dress their baby is very special as it is one of the first “normal” things that they can do for their baby and / or if the mom is destitute the joy of having something nice / pretty / cute to dress her baby in is overwhelming for most.

 

There is also another aspect to the work we do...  For some families an impending birth does not just mean one new arrival, but two, three or more!!!  Being told you are having twins or triplets can be a great shock! The care shown by a stranger knitting a gift for the new babies at an overwhelming time is appreciated beyond measure.

 

Our babies need all the help and support possible in the important first stages of their lives.

 

Our knitters create beautiful items for newborns in our hospitals, particularly for the very small, vulnerable babies in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. This is a very important service as these specialised items are not generally for sale in shops.

Bed socks are also lovingly made for our moms.

Please share your charity crafting stories!!!

 

Mon, May 26, 2014 at 9:53 AM, Snoeks Desmond snoeks@global.co.za wrote: I’ve sent emails to Wendy and Pam (both mentioned in your newsletter). Wendy to ask if we can work together to support moms at Murchison Hospital and Pam to suggest that instead of starting a group in Pinetown that she joins our group as we already have quite a few members from Pinetown.

On Thursday a huge bag of larger sized items went to Pietermaritzburg to be collected and taken on to Creighton. The chain goes like this: B & B 4 B to Crystelle to Octavia to Alan to Deb and finally to the children and adults in Creighton. And we know the chain works!

One of our group members, Janet, recently moved to Umtentwini and suggested we make a delivery to the hospital at Murchison (just outside Port Shepstone). On Friday we went off there and delivered 36 packs to moms and their babies and left 5 more packs for the two women who were in theatre and the three young women in labour who were pacing up and down outside the delivery room. The staff was very welcoming and the matron came around with us and introduced us to the moms and told them a bit about the project. We were there at the time when moms and babies were being discharged and there were several grandmothers waiting to take their daughters home and we were pleased to see two dads there to support their partners. There were two sets of premature twins, so tiny! Many of the packages were opened immediately and the women seemed very pleased with their gifts. Some started looking through the children’s books we received as a donation from Biblionef and have been able to include in the packs.

I was wondering how on earth we were going to be able to support two hospitals with our cupboards once so full now rather bare. Over the weekend three large bags of goodies arrived for us, another bag promised and two knitters joining the group. I am once again amazed at how things seem to work out.

So well done everyone and keep it up – as we always say, those babies keep coming and need our help!

 

Mon, May 26, 2014 at 2:33 PM, Doreen Brits <doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za> wrote: Many thanks for the newsletter and photos.  The box of goodies was delivered to Harrismith on Friday morning. In return Premature and New Born clothing were given; I will bring it to the next meeting.

 

Fri, May 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM, Barbara <barbarahiggs@telkomsa.net> wrote:  I have only just caught up with my e-mails this evening and thought I would let you know that once again I have so enjoyed your lovely, informative and interesting newsletter. Wow! I am sure you never dreamt you would have this wonderful support and donations world wide as you have when you first started out. I must congratulate you on the wonderful job that you have done and still do so faithfully and from your heart.

I was so saddened and so very sorry to read about Pam Chadderton's dreadfully sad news in your letter – I thought I would let you know that I have made contact with her. Peter worked with Pam for a number of years and had a lot of respect for her and I enjoyed her too. Lovely person.

 

Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM, merilynncourt@gmail.com <merilynncourt@gmail.com> wrote: 70 Beanies & 70 pairs of booties to King Edward.  Kind Regards.  Lenie

 

GIFTING

 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 – Gifted to Ifafa Beach Women’s Action Group, Sinethemba Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims in Ifafa, via our friend Mo Mac Allister, 1 large box and 1 large black bag full of assorted clothing for all ages and 1 large bag full of wool for knitting.  Thank you to one and all who in any way contributed, bless you and thank you.

 

Thursday, 05 June 2014Gifted bag full of curtains and various household items to victims of a shack fire, read article at this link http://tabloidmedia.co.za/?p=24287.  In response to this report of the shack fire I contacted our intrepid journalist and asked if we could assist with curtains and other household items, she wrote:  “I would be so happy if you could help.  I WOULD rather like your help with a house that a three year old had burnt down.  Please let me know.  They have lost more in the fire than the other house.”  Thanks, Claudine, for giving us this opportunity to assist and a big, big, thank you to all who contributed in any way.  Bless you and thank you for caring.

 

Sunday, 08 June 2014 - Gifted 12 premature and 19 newborn babies.  Moms delighted and staff helpful.  Thank you to one and all who contributed to going home kits, blankets and toiletries for the boarder / lodger moms, your support is much appreciated.  Thank you to Mariette, Francis and Shirley for helping me with the gifting and carrying all the bags.

Sunday, 15 June 2014 – Gifted 17 newborn and 14 premature babies.  Moms delighted and staff helpful.  Thank you to all who contributed in any way, your support is much appreciated.

Condolences – Sadly, Aileen Larkin, friend and past member of our group passed away on 28 May after having been very poorly for some time.  RIP Aileen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

 

Stories of help for babies in hospitals across the country

 

Knitted Outfits for Preemies – All The Way from Australia –


Sorrento’s Hair Salon knit for Tygerberg children’s hospital - http://leadsa.co.za/?p=2058


Mowbray Maternity Hospital Receives Knitted Caps and Blanket Donation from Germany - http://www.westerncape.gov.za/news/mowbray-maternity-hospital-receives-knitted-caps-and-blanket-donation-germany

Hug a Baby - gift bags to disadvantaged mothers of new babies in local State hospitals of the Western Cape, South Africa - http://hugababy.wozaonline.co.za/





Donations will greatly help newborn babies this winter -


How a Small Group of Volunteers is Changing The Lives of Our Country's Next Generation



 

EXCERPT - The Greype-Vine, Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg

May 2013


Editor: Alison Guise-Brown Pager 515

Members: Mrs. A Chetty Occupational Therapy. 3200

Mr. Z Mntungwa PRO 3684

A group of ladies from the Jubilee Women’s Institute, Sister Debbie Mckean’s mom’s ladies group,

have knitted Mother Therese vests for the prem babies in the nursery, and the students and staff from The Wykeham Collegiate have once again been knitting beanies and teddies for Sr Seethal’s trachey children. We’d like to say a huge thank you to them for their generosity.

 




 

I am delighted to see that something we are doing in a small way for moms and babies is being recognised as a national need and that somebody is actually doing something about the very real problem we all identified long ago...  The pilot project, I understand, from reading the above articles, will be run in the Western Cape, I do hope that it will not take too long for the roll out to all our hospitals to commence...

 

There will always be a place for charity crafters like you and I, so, I do not see this “Thula Baba” Box closing all our groups down, the emphasis may shift from newborn, but the need will always be with us for our premature and sick little ones.

 

MEETING - Thank you, to all the ladies, who attended the meeting, held on Saturday 7 June 2014, it was wonderful to see you all looking so well.  Highlight was the closing of the “Wol en Naalde” Challenge that some members have been participating in...  Although Janet started later than the other members it now looks as though she is the winner by far and this will be confirmed at the next meeting.  Well done ladies your participation was very much appreciated.  The show and tell was thoroughly enjoyed and everybody so appreciated 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, 5 July 2014 at 2 pm.

 

HEALTH AWARENESS DAYS - Walton Street Municipal Clinic, 20 Walton Street, Ladysmith 3370 has asked via our friend and member, Barbara de Wet, for baby items to gift to the moms and their babies during the period 1 – 7 August 2014 for National Breastfeeding Week.  Please contact Barbara if you or your company would like to contribute to this project.  (((Barbara you will be thrilled to hear that I have KAS Cuddles, vests and hats for you.)))

 

WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY 2014 - Thank you to all who attended and those who brought eats, we all had a wonderful afternoon together.  Highlight of the event was the presenting of prizes to loyal members who participated in the “Wol en Naalde” Charity Challenge recently.  Congratulations Janet, Doreen and Francis (in her absence) you are all stars and with your help we were able to receive and collect over 200 premature baby jackets for distribution to our babies.  Thank you to our sponsors for the generous packs of wool presented to these hard working ladies.  Photos on facebook page. 

 

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

 

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

 

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)

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

 

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, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

 

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

 

Yours in charity crafting,

Joy Coetzee – Founder

The Ruth Mailbag Group


 

FORUMS –