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 or visit our blog at 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 -
Eastern Cape -
Gauteng Province -
Johannesburg -
KZN -;
Port Elizabeth -
Western Cape -

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:

Project Sheet:
                Page3 – Making Snuggles
                Page5 – Snuggles Patterns

Happy crafting for the fur babies!!!

Friday, 26 August 2011


FREE PATTERNS FOR CHARITY   (Click on patterns)  (Click on the picture)

“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)



Thursday, 25 August 2011


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

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