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

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Patterns to knit, crochet and sew for homeless/shelter pets

Patterns to knit, crochet and sew for homeless / shelter pets


Pattern Library link: http://www.snugglesproject.org/pattern-library/

Project Sheet: http://www.snugglesproject.org/docs/SP_projectsheet.pdf
                Page3 – Making Snuggles
                Page5 – Snuggles Patterns

Happy crafting for the fur babies!!!
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Prayer for the Animals by Albert Schweitzer
Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends, the animals.
Especially for animals who are suffering; for any that are
hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them, we ask a
a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Patterns

FREE PATTERNS FOR CHARITY

http://www.angels4preemies.com/preemiepatternlinks.html 
http://www.angels4preemies.com/patterns.html 
http://www.babythreadsofnh.com/Pattern.html 
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php 
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php 
http://bevscountrycottage.com/ 
http://www.bundlesoflove.org/patterns 
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/caps.html 
http://www.carewear.org/index.cfm?pid=patterns/_patterns.cfm 
http://www.woolworks.org/patterns.html 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2007/10/16/babywear_patterns_feature.shtml 
http://www.fhcsinc.ws/Pattern_Page.htm 
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/index.html 
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/pcrochetp.html 
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/pknitp.html 
http://www.heartmadeblessings.org/Patterns/Patterns.php 
http://www.snugglesproject.org/pattern-library/ 
http://www.theshipsproject.com/Patterns.htm 
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/2008-scarf-pattern-knit.pdf 
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/2008-scarf-pattern-crochet.pdf 
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/2007-scarf-pattern-kit.pdf 
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/2007-scarf-pattern-crochet.pdf 
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/2006-scarf-pattern.pdf 
http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/2006-crochet-pattern.pdf 
http://www.life2orphans.org/hat_project_files/hat_project_patterns.htm 
http://moms_on_mission.tripod.com/id2.html 
http://www.p2designs.com/Links-CharityPatterns.htm 
http://project-angel-kisses.150m.com/1memberpatterns.html 
http://www.projectlinus.org/links.html 
http://www.scarvesfromtheheart.com/patterns.html 
http://stitchesfromtheheart.org/old/patterns.htm 
http://www.shawlministry.com/crochet_patterns.htm 
http://www.shawlministry.com/knitted_patterns.htm 
http://www.threadsoflove.org/default.asp?id=56 
http://www.threadsoflove.org/default.asp?id=54 
http://www.warmheartswarmbabies.org/   (Click on patterns)
http://www.wraptheminlove.org/bepatterns.html 
http://www.angelhugs.ca/patterns.html 
http://www.teddiesfortragedies.org/?page=patterns 
http://www.algerianaction.co.uk/Our-free-patterns.html  (Click on the picture)
http://www.bonniebabies.co.uk/patterns1.htm 
http://cuddles-uk.org/pattpage.htm

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” ~ Mitch Albom ~

Pictures to warm the heart - The Ruth Mailbag people (big and small)














 



 











"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed. We have refused to be instruments of love in the hands of God to give the poor a piece of bread, to offer them a dress with which to ward off the cold. It has happened because we did not recognize Christ when, once more, he appeared under the guise of pain, identified with a man numb from the cold, dying of hunger, when he came in a lonely human being, in a lost child in search of a home." ~ Mother Teresa ~

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Introduction


I would like to introduce you to my home grown charity group,

The Ruth Mailbag Group

Ruth from the biblical compassionate friend and Mailbag as all donations can be mailed to where they are needed.

I started this group 9 years ago when I decided to donate the items I hand crafted to our local provincial hospital. They were all too happy to accept them. Many of these little darlings only have the hospital nappy to wear. Don’t these precious gifts from God deserve something beautiful to wear?

Some of my friends heard what I was doing and they too started donating their hand crafted items to local charities.

The Ruth Mailbag Group selects a charity to deliver donations generously and lovingly created by crafters across town that sew, crochet, knit or quilt. For the benefit of those who would like to help but feel they are crafting-challenged, we will be delighted to accept bought and gently used goodies.

Needs: -
Volunteers to knit, crochet, sew, quilt or buy and donate blankets, clothes, food and toys.

Should you be interested in helping The Ruth Mailbag Group please send your donations c/o Foto First, "For charity - NO retail value", 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.

Please pray about getting involved. Jesus knows all of our needs and is so faithful to meet them! Today, He uses wonderful people like YOU - to be His arms of love and provision.

I pray that the results of this group will grow across the world with people in every city, town and village crafting to support their own communities.

The most important issue we deal with is poverty especially from HIV and Aids which results in child headed households, granny headed households and orphans.

We do not accept cash donations preferring to receive hand made or bought items.

This is a group of volunteers, there are no salaries or compensations paid and all gifts are gifted to the recipients free of charge.

I am personally involved in spreading the word about our group by sms, email and letter.

The members use their own equipment although we do receive small donations of wool and fabric which is given to those members who cannot afford to purchase wool or fabric to craft with.

So there you have it. Are you ready to be a part of this group? Be prepared to be caught up in the excitement of helping those less fortunate than you or I.


She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
The Message, Proverbs 31: 13 & 20


Related links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153...
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=287886204799
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRuthMailbagGroup/
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/