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 -

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

How you can help

How you can help

JOIN THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUPthere are many items you could donate to


Christmas presents for:

Elderly at the Juana Maria Home (50 hampers of stationery and toiletry items),

Babies & kids in the paediatric wards (2) of our state hospital (toys for about 70),

Premature & newborn babies at our state hospital (40 hampers of baby clothes and toiletries)

The nurses on ward 10 and the nursery

Pet jerseys/blankets/food – AACL kennels/shelter

Blankets/clothes/food/toys/toiletries for preemie & newborn babies

Blankets/clothes/food/toys/toiletries for children & adults

New and good quality 2nd hand goods

All items donated are very much appreciated


“For charity – NO retail value”




(07H30 – 13H30 FIVE [5] DAYS A WEEK)

Then why not join us or send in your finished items

Please remember to add your name and
address / email so I can let you know they have arrived...

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Click for Babies - Newborn Purple Hats

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP is having a baby hat drive called Click for Babies. (The clicking of knitting needles, that is.) They're looking for newborn purple hats to raise awareness about infant abuse.
Your knitted, crocheted, sewn, or bought caps will help educate the community about the Period of PURPLE Crying; a normal, although frustrating, period of increased crying all infants experience in the first few weeks to months after birth. Intense frustration with an infant’s inconsolable crying is the No. 1 reason someone has a momentary loss of control. Our PURPLE baby caps will educate everyone about the normalcy of crying and serve as a reminder that it is never okay to shake or harm an infant.

They ask that you knit, crochet, sew, buy and deliver or mail newborn baby hats (purple ones!) to:

The Ruth Mailbag Group, “For Charity – NO Retail Value”, C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.
Please consider contributing, folks. Baby hats are a snap to make or buy, they don't take much yarn, and this is a worthy cause.


Saturday, 10 September 2011



Our meetings are small friendly affairs held at Engen Wimpy, much chatting is done and I think that I can safely say that we have a pleasant afternoon together.

The donations this month have been most impressive, many from abroad and of course the majority anonymous… thank you ALL very much for your generosity, kindness and compassion for the people we strive so hard to help. Your support, no matter who you are, no matter how big or small, is ALWAYS much appreciated by the people we help!!!

So far I have been able to visit the moms and babies most weekends and give them baby packs of very basic items for their little bundles of joy, thanks especially for your hard work and generosity. They are most appreciative and the staff is very friendly and helpful.

The project, for the Christian Social Services, Rod Smith, winter warmers for babies and children 3 months to 7 years of age was well supported and if you follow us on facebook will know that your donations were shared between Ouma’s crèche and another crèche out of town.  Rod was most grateful for the assistance and asked that we never stop doing what we are doing because we do it so well!  Hats off to all our donors!!!

Our ongoing project is the one for the preemie and newborn babies at the Provincial Hospital. Please remember that „First Love Doll‟ patterns are perfect for those little ones up to 1.5kg. There have been several babies recently under 1 kg in weight so those very tiny items you so lovingly make and send are not going to waste they really are being used and come in very handy. The moms are amazed that we have “their teeny tiny preemies in our hearts!”

A special word of thanks to Mr. Willie Shao for his donation of over 1,000 pairs of baby socks and bootees and SNAPPI for a huge bag full of SNAPPIS.

We again supported the World Wide Knit in Public Day this year and had a nice group get together at the Engen Wimpy for the morning.  You will have seen the article and photos that appeared in the Ladysmith Herald.

The comfort scarf project (Handmade Especially for You) in aid of Victory Haven shelter for abused women and children provided 20 scarves, 6 emergency toiletry kits and 12 pairs of sandals.  Thank you all for your donations and support of this worthy cause.

The Juana Maria fete held in September was a huge success and members are thanked for their contributions to support this worthy cause.

Our current project is in aid of the AACL kennels / shelter and we have already received 4 bags of food from Hill’s Pet Nutrition and an anonymous donation of snuggles.

Heard from Rose, Hartbees Ruth Mailbag. They are doing well. Small group attending weekly meetings and a bigger group dropping off donations. They are giving their donations to the Methodist WA for distribution to the needy in their community. Delighted that it is going so well for them. Keep on going; you are doing wonderful work, one stitch at a time!

If you have the time, we have a knitting machine! If you would like to knit for our charity group, please contact me.

Has your baby outgrown his/her clothes? Please pass on good quality second hand clothing.

Thank you, Susan and daughter, for their looming knitting demonstration at our August meeting. It was very interesting and I'm expecting some of our members to experiment with loom knitting, soon. It was a lovely afternoon despite the cold and damp weather. Thank you, too, for all the beautiful goodies received at the meeting.

Thank you, sewing circle for the piles of baby blankets and premature size nappies that you have hemmed for the babies; I can assure you that your hard work is much appreciated.

Thank you, Pick 'n Pay, for your wonderful donation gifted to Victory Haven, shelter for abused women and children. These items will be a blessing to the women and children who arrive in an emergency out of their abusive situations.

We supported Mandela Day, I’m sure you saw us mentioned in dispatches in article in the Ladysmith Herald.

Thank you, Steve, for all the baby blankets and nappies. Our sewing group has been very busy hemming them. We are able to give some to each baby we gift at the hospital. Thank you for your continued generosity and support!

Ladysmith area, please, If you have sewing machine and or over locker and will sew (sorry, no payment, this is voluntary!) we have fabric for matinee jackets, nappies or blankets. Please contact me.

I attended the Child Welfare High Tea, it was very interesting and informative; awesome work that a very small group of people do. They have some very ambitious projects for the short term and not so short term for our area and deserve all the help and support they can get. For more information please call Ms U Riga on 036 631 4426 or 036 631 4426. It was also nice for our group to be recognised for our small effort to help the needy in our community. Got that deliciously fuzzy feeling!

Thank you, Bennett Brothers Marketing, Wendywood, for samples donated.

In July it was our groups 9th birthday and we all got together at the Wimpy for coffee. Very nice to mark another mile stone for our little group.

Thank you, Mr. Sardiwalla, for your kind donation of wool for our knitting circle.

Kindly note that I have opened a facebook “page”. Please “like” us and “suggest to friends” that they “like” our page, too -

Koekie Jacobsz Senior Centre (65 Francis Road) needs empty clean 2 litre ice cream tubs with lids, margarine tubs with lids, other plastic tubs with lids like those used at the Spar for salads, etc. Please empty your cupboards and drop them off with Janet Mill.

Once again, thank you for your supports!

All for now, chat again, soon,

Joy Coetzee – Founder - The Ruth Mailbag Group

Delivery - C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa. (Kindly mark all packages “For charity - NO Retail Value”, please.  Thank you.)

Contact –
Fax 086 516 4618!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-

Thursday, 1 September 2011


I have just received notification of a foreign parcel for collection, sadly the person did not write “For charity - NO retail value” on the package and it will now cost me R59.23 to have it released. This may not be a large amount of money but if you receive a whole bunch of parcels and have to pay duty on each one it is very expensive and I will be forced to not collect. This would be so very sad. Please help me by writing “For charity - NO retail value” on your packages. Thank you for your co-operation.