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

Monday, 27 February 2012

March 2012 Newsletter


With your support there is hope!

What a joy it is for us to share our creations with others! We hope to be able to continue this mission for many years to come. Please remember that they do not dress the preemie babies in sweaters in the NICU. The sweaters are for going home.

As you know, the needs are ongoing and never ending. In fact, the needs increase from year to year with the alarming number of premature and low birth weight infants born. The economic downturn has affected the ability of families to provide for their new arrivals. Nurses report more cases of families in need—for whom a few donated layette items really bring cheer and a morale boost.

I'm hoping that by sharing my love for making baby items and giving them to those in need I will inspire you to do the same.

I am wondering if you know of any companies that will be prepared to offer The Ruth Mailbag Group members discount prices when purchasing yarn either online or in store as we need to begin making more winter items! Any advice is appreciated.

Project of the month

Blankets & clothing for Ikhaya Lethu Orphanage & Care Centre. Closing date for this project – 7 April 2012

Mini Project

St Patrick’s Day items for preemie and newborn babies. Closing date for this project – Friday, 9 March 2012

Lenten Challenge

Lent begins Wednesday, 22 February 2012, and ends Thursday, 5 April 2012, we will have a Lenten Challenge to knit, crochet, sew or quilt for charity - one item per day (40 days) e.g. 40 squares for blankets, a bootie a day = 20 pairs, a cap a day, etc. It starts on February 22 and ends April 5. Purple, the colour of royalty and repentance is the traditional colour for the season of Lent; black, the sombre colour of mourning and sorrow for sin; use also scarlet, an intense variant of purple and red that symbolizes the life-giving blood of Christ. Please post and let us know what you are making and how you are progressing. Photos are welcome.

Meetings

Every first Saturday of the month and please join us in the message forums and groups listed below.

We held the first meeting of the New Year on the 4th February, 2012. It was wonderful to have so many ladies present. Despite having been in recess during the December and January our group continued to work and assist the community as usual. It was a happy and productive meeting. All enjoyed the “show and tell” and Di was able to show us the new yarn from Elle for scarves that produce a very interesting ruffle scarf.

NEW HOSPITAL LISTING

Name of hospital: Stanger Hospital

Address for donations: PRIVATE BAG X 10609, STANGER 4450, South Africa; Name and telephone number of staff liaison person who will receive donations for distribution: Miss Silindile Mzila - Public Relations Officer - 076 717 2006; Tel: 032 437 6240; Fax: 032 552 2767; Cell: 076 717 2006; E-mail slindile.mzila@kznhealth.gov.za; Needs: Preemie booties & hats in all colours, jackets if possible and receivers for KMC; General: Need 40 of each item and some new born full term baby items, please.

Name of hospital: Itshelejuba Hospital

Address for donation: Itshelejuba Hospital, P/Bag X0047, Pongola 3170, South Africa (N2 north, about 30 km past Pongola); Name and telephone number of staff liaison person who will receive donations for distribution: Mthandeni Mzelemu (Public Relations Officer); Tel.034 413 2542/3/4 or 0762217743; Cell 082 357 5774 (in the event of landline service failure; Fax +27 (0) 34 413 2545; Email Mthandeni.Mzelemu@kznhealth.gov.za; Needs: normally monthly we have about 30 premature babies being born in this institution ; General: We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to your organisation for the great work that you are doing for the community.

When you send items to hospitals, please send us photos of your beautiful little items and in turn, if the hospitals can send us pictures of the gifting done at their hospitals we can share them on our facebook page for all to enjoy. Thank you.

Kindly note that all Ruth Mailbag items are given free to infants, children and their parents!!!

Please mark all packages “FOR CHARITY – NO RETAIL VALUE”. I recommend that you write “or other staff member” after the name on the mailing.

Gift tags: Raising awareness of our organization helps us to not only celebrate more volunteers but also let others know we can help them. Please send me an email (joy.coetzee@gmail.com) to request gift tags to use when donating. Thank you for helping me to spread the word about the needs of young hospital patients and others in need.

According to UNICEF 22% of all low-birth weight infants born in developing countries are born in Africa. They state that the number of low-birth weight babies is more than double the number born in developed regions, South Africa rating at a level of 14.6%. This percentage may increase to as much as 25% in the public sector. The mortality rate of premature babies is three times higher than in newborns.

Prematurity in South Africa is a growing phenomenon. An average of 14% of all babies in South Africa are born premature and therefore it is important that all healthcare professionals are knowledgeable regarding their potential challenges, development that may be at risk and most importantly how to manage these babies and their parents.

Although our hospitals have highly-trained doctors, the race to save the tiniest life is given a boost by the involvement of loving parents. The fight for life that your little gladiator shows is one of the most remarkable birth experiences you could have. And because your love and care can make such a difference to your baby’s development, she needs you more than ever.

Thank you in advance for donations.

Hospitals, PLEASE be sure to send address changes & corrections.

Thank you...

We can't thank you enough for your recent donation. People take clothes for granted-- until you don't have any! Please know how much you've helped the moms, babies, and children. Once again, thank you for your generosity:

Doreen, family and friends; Little Lumps; Deborah Jackson, UK; Barbara de Wet and friends; Gail R.; Ellie Weeber; Sylvia de Lange; Gerty; Denise; Di Watts; Methodist WA; Retha Fountain; Joan de Pindray; Elna and friends; Heather, Beacon Fellowship; Rosemary Powell; Phyllis B., Sinoville; Judy Maccarone; Pam (Deb’s mom); Durban Overalls, Steve and Pam; Mariaan and Ladysmith Gazette.

Thank you, for your support!

Letters I enjoy receiving...

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM, Karen Clark <karen@birthworks.co.za>wrote:

Dear Joy,

Just to let you know we received a box of very sweet baby clothes... We have distributed the clothes into baby bags; each new mum will take some home with her after she gives birth at the birth house.

Thank you again.

Karen (Busfare Babies)

Gifting

The Ruth Mailbag Group participants have made a difference in the world by providing warmth and comfort to those who are experiencing traumatic life experiences. Unfortunately, we don’t have a crystal ball to view the smiles we bring to the faces of families, children, hospital staff members, senior citizens, cancer patients, etc…

The Ruth Mailbag Group participants use each day to help others in need. I am delighted to hear from hospital staff members who report how much patients and families appreciate your caring. I am also delighted to hear from participants who feel that they are productive, useful, and engaged in the life of their community.

Gifted to the moms and babies at the Ladysmith Provincial hospital - 63 sets for preemies, 67 sets for newborn babies and one little white set for an “angel” baby (thank you, Joan). Thank you so much for the work you do for our nation’s hospitals. The items are truly personal and touching, and I know the many families that are lucky to leave with one of these items will be forever grateful.

A nice big donation of bandanas, beanies and hats was given to Hospice; a box of vests was sent to Busfare Babies, Port Shepstone Hospital and Stanger Hospital.

Sincere thanks to everyone who sent a donation.

As discussed at the meeting in February...

Please do not make the blankets smaller than 30 inches square if possible... the staff has suggested that we do not make preemie sized blankets as the babies outgrow them so quickly 30 inches = 76.2 centimetres (this is the recommended size).

Jerseys/jackets should fit 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and up as most hospitals like them for going home. The tiny jerseys are NOT used in the unit; they want the sweaters to put on the babies when leaving. Make your items to fit 4 lbs and up. Jerseys any smaller will not be used!!! The size Retha makes is perfect for the very small size; they will outgrow quickly, but will look delightful going home. I recently had a new mom of a Kangaroo care baby who dressed her baby in your little sets during her off the chest moments and the little one looked delightful. With our regular visits they collect 3 or more outfits before they leave for home.

Hat sizes – Preemie - 4- 5 lbs = 2 kg - Head Circumference 11 1/2" - 12 1/2" 28-33 cm hat circ =9" - 11.5" 23-28 cm Hat height = 4 to

4.5" 10-11cm (most needed size for preemies); Newborns - Head Circumference 13" - 14 " 33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5" -13" Hat height = 5.5 to 6" 13-15 cm

Foot Size - 3-5 lbs = 2 kg - Foot Length 2 1/2" - 3" 5-7cm (most needed size for preemies); 7-9 lbs = 3.175 kilograms to 4.082 kilograms - Foot Length 3 1/4" - 3 3/4" 9-10 cm (most needed size for newborns)

Please finish your items before sending. I have been receiving items with NO buttons, NO ties etc. I may not have the same yarn you used to make the item so therefore I can't finish it. It just takes a minute to go through your items to make sure they are done. After all, you work so hard to make the beautiful items why not finish them. :-)

When making clothing items for the babies, please, try and make the items out of 3 or 4 ply, (use any soft acrylic yarn).

Do not use large hooks/needles, please, to make your precious items as it makes them too loose and holey and as discussed at the last meeting it can be very dangerous for the baby. Please try to keep the items we are making in the PREEMIE or NEWBORN range and please make sure whatever buttons you use will stay hooked and are flat, also if you are in doubt about the sizing you are making please contact me. Making items TOO LARGE or TOO SMALL is not going to work.

GOODBYE

Sadly we have to say goodbye to Lorna and her Mom, Thank you for all the beautiful blankets crocheted during your stay with us, we will miss you. God’s richest blessings to you both. Keep well. Do good work. And, keep in touch,

Joy Coetzee

Founder – The Ruth Mailbag Group

Contact: joy.coetzee@gmail.com

Fax: 086 516 4618

Delivery: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “For charity – NO retail value”, C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa

Related links: Fax 086 516 4618
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRuthMailbagGroup/
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/busfare-babies
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/itshelejuba-hospital-near-pongola
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/port-shepstone-babies
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/stanger-hospital
http://www.snappi.co.za/GiveAGift.html
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Possible Projects for Lenten Challenge



BABY BOOTIES/MITTENS

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/bootie_pattern_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/baby_bootees_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/tiny_mitten_feature.shtml
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemies.html#preemie-booties
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-hats-booties.html#HATS
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-hats-booties.html#MITTS
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby_booties_mittens.php
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby_socks.php
 
BABY BONNET/HAT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/baby_bonnet_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/baby_bonnet2_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/ventilator_bonnet_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/ventilation_hat_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/premature_baby_bonnet_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/baby_hat_feature.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2006/04/18/ventilator_bonnet2_feature.shtml
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemies.html#p-hats
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-hats-booties.html#BOOTIES
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby_hats.php

BABY TOYS/BATH CLOTHS

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby_toys_washcloths_etc.php

DUMMY/PACIFIER HOLDER


BABY BOTTLE COVER


SQUARE PATTERNS


BABY BIBS

Monday, 20 February 2012

Lenten Challenge 2012



Lent begins Wednesday, 22 February 2012, and ends Thursday, 5 April 2012, we will have a Lenten Challenge to knit, crochet, sew or quilt for charity - one item per day (40 days) e.g. 40 squares for blankets, a bootie a day = 20 pairs, a cap a day, etc. Purple, the colour of royalty and repentance is the traditional colour for the season of Lent; black, the sombre colour of mourning and sorrow for sin; use also scarlet, an intense variant of purple and red that symbolizes the life-giving blood of Christ.  Please post and let us know what you are making and how you are progressing.  Photos are welcome.
Fax 086 516 4618
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRuthMailbagGroup/
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/busfare-babies
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/itshelejuba-hospital-near-pongola
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/port-shepstone-babies
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/stanger-hospital
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group
http://www.snappi.co.za/GiveAGift.html
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531

Thursday, 16 February 2012

St Patrick's Day Knitting Patterns



St Patrick’s Day Knitting Patterns

http://knitting.about.com/od/accessories/p/irish-rose.htm
http://knitting.about.com/od/accessories/p/trinity-band.htm
http://knitting.about.com/od/homepatterns/p/shamrock-cloth.htm
http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingpatterns/p/stpats_necklace.htm
http://knitting.about.com/od/scarfpatterns/p/striped-mistake-rib-scarf.htm
http://krisknits.blogspot.com/2009/03/st-patricks-day-cloths.html
http://m.allfreeknitting.com/Childrens-Knit-Toys/leprechaun-doll
http://parenting.leehansen.com/crafts/pet-sweater-pattern.htm
http://vickiehowell.blogspot.com/2007/03/booties-go-bragh-free-pattern-of-month.html
http://www.allfreeknitting.com/St-Patricks-Day-Knits/Shamrock-Basket-Liner/ct/1#
http://www.etsy.com/listing/89250918/knitting-pattern-st-patricks-day-hat
http://www.knittingknonsense.com/shamrockcloth.html
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/BK4K-0603005.html?noImages=
http://www.yourknittinglife.com/patterns/argyle-socks-pattern
http://xtreme-knitting.com/photos-legwarmers.htm
https://www.msu.edu/user/szathmar/afghan.html

St Patrick's Day Crochet Patterns



St Patrick's Day Crochet Patterns

http://cecinatrix.blogspot.com/2009/03/wearing-of-green.html
http://chezcrochet.com/page63.html
http://crochet.about.com/library/blclover1.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/blshamrock.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/nshamrockyoke.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa031403.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa031403.htm?nl=1
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa031503.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa031603.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa040800.htm
http://funandfang.blogspot.com/2010/05/irish-hat-free-pattern.html
http://iitki.blogspot.com/2011/03/happy-st-patricks-day.html
http://knottygeneration.blogspot.com/2008/03/happy-st-patricks-day.html
http://my.opera.com/north_star/blog/show.dml/1661993
http://paperbatterstitch.blogspot.com/2011/07/shamrock-lariat-necklace.html
http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2006/03/my-shamrock-pin-pattern.html
http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-shamrock-garland-c.html
http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2011/02/shamrock-bookmark.html
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art4183.asp
http://www.craftown.com/St-Patricks-Day-Clover-Applique.html
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march1.html
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march2.html
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march4.html
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march6.html
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/march8.html
http://www.crochetnmore.com/rowcountshamrockcoaster.htm
http://www.crochetnmore.com/shamrockcoaster.htm
http://www.crochetpatty.com/patterns/thread/clover.html
http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-four-leaf-clover/
http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-patterns-for-st-patricks-day/
http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-shamrock-shawlette/
http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-simple-shamrock/
http://www.crochet-world.com/newsletters/talkingcrochet/pages/TCNL1409_patt2.html
http://www.favecrafts.com/St-Patricks-Day/A-Cute-Shamrock-and-Leprechaun#
http://www.favecrafts.com/St-Patricks-Day/Easy-Crochet-Shamrock#
http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/abbeydale/183/clover.htm
http://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC00959&cat_id=313
http://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC01133&cat_id=318
http://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC01287&cat_id=334
http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/jewelry/f107003fourleafclover.shtml
http://www.karpstyles.com/crochet/shamrock1.html
http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=489&language=&service=801&letterId=54673
http://www.maggiescrochet.com/free-shamrock-coaster-pattern-p-32.html
http://www.maggiescrochet.com/st-patricks-day-tp-topper-free-pattern-p-1869.html
http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/shamrockpin.html
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/CloverLeafDoily.html
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/IrishShamrocksAfghan.html
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/ShamrockDoily.html
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/ShamrockPotholder1.html
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/ShamrockPotholder2.html
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/ShamrockPotholder3.html
http://www.orble.com/free-leprechaun-hat-candy-dish-crochet-pattern/
http://www.orble.com/free-pot-of-gold-crochet-pattern/
http://www.orble.com/free-proud-to-be-irish-coaster-crochet-pattern/
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-shamrock-afghan
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/four-leaf-clover-throw
http://www.snowcatcher.net/2010/03/snowflake-monday_15.html
http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=4797&cps=21191
http://yarn-pixie.blogspot.com/2009/03/pot-o-gold-coaster-free-crochet-pattern.html

St Patrick's Day Project



The Ruth Mailbag Group

St Patrick’s Day Project



We are collecting “St Patrick’s Day” Items for the babies.  Please help.



Closing date – Friday, 9 March 2012



Please deliver / send to:

The Ruth Mailbag Group

“For charity – NO retail value”

C/o Foto First

180 Murchison Street

Ladysmith, 3370 – South Africa

Thank you, in anticipation!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

How you can help - February 2012


How you can help
JOIN THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP

there are many items you could donate to
THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP

Easter eggs/ toys/ scarves/ beanies/ blankets for the babies & kids in the paediatric wards of the local state hospital
Closing date for this project – 3 March 2012

Wool/buttons/lace/ribbon/fabric & sewing cotton

Blankets/clothes/food/toys/toiletries for preemie & newborn babies
Blankets/clothes/food/toys/toiletries for children & adults
Pet jerseys/blankets/food – AACL kennels/shelter

New and good quality 2

nd hand goods

All items donated are very much appreciated 
TO SEND DONATED ITEMS

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP

"For charity – NO retail value"

C/O FOTO FIRST, 180 MURCHISON STREET, LADYSMITH 3370, S. AFRICA

CAN YOU KNIT, CROCHET OR SEW?
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...

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KINDNESS!
Contact - Joy.coetzee@gmail.com;

Fax 086 516 4618
Related link - http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Newsletter - 1 February 2012


With your support there is hope!

We knit, crochet and sew the tiniest premature items for "special babies" helping hospital staff dress these beautiful babies and letting parents know we are here to support them. We are always happy to help anyone who has recently had a premature baby and is in need of some tiny items to keep them going when first home...

Donations of preemie and newborn items are needed. We accept handmade, store-bought or gently used clean items.  Every day there are babies born ill or in need. Some of God's babies have little more than a hospital nappy to wear. Imagine what you could do to make their new lives a little warmer!

The Ruth Mailbag Group accepts clothes for babies, children and the elderly and toys for babies and kids, there is always a home for these items you donate and every one of these items is treasured.

Please join me in helping to send every baby born at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital home in something warm and cosy. Ladysmith Provincial Hospital is located in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal. Most of the families who have babies there have nothing to bring their babies home in. That’s where we come in. My group, The Ruth Mailbag Group, provides warm, handmade, bought or gently used items for these families.

Unlike other charities we do not solicit monetary donations we rely on the community to pool their resources and offer their gifts of time, talent, and love to help others in need. 

Project of the month
For the babies and kids in the Paediatric wards of our state hospital – Easter eggs/ toys/ scarves/ beanies/ blankets – Closing date for this project will be 3 March.
Mini Project

Valentine’s Day items for the babies born at our state hospital – Closing date for this project will be 10 February.

Meetings

Every first Saturday of the month and please join us in the message forums and groups listed below.

 NEW HOSPITAL LISTINGS



Name of hospital: Busfare Babies Birth Centre
Address for donations: Box 411, Kidds Beach 5264, South Africa
Name and telephone number of staff liaison person who will receive donations for distribution: Karen Clark 082 776 3622
Needs: preterm and term baby clothes, hats, booties, blankets
General: nappies, sanitary pads, cotton baby blankets
Fax: 0865544361
Email: karen@birthworks.co.za
www.birthworks.co.za
We would welcome tiny baby clothes. We have had a few premature babies although most of the babies born at Busfare Babies Birth Centre are term. Our babies generally weigh between 2-4.5kg and we send all mums home with girl or boy baby bags so we welcome any contributions which can go into these bags. For all babies small and big we always need hats too.  Your donations would be much appreciated.



Name of hospital: Port Shepstone Hospital
Address for donation: P/Bag x5706, Port Shepstone 4240. Cnr of Connor and Bazley Street, Port Shepstone
Name and telephone number of staff liaison person who will receive donations for distribution: Nursery, Thembisa Nxokweni +27 (0) 39 688 6190/000 Cell: 083 332 3722 / 072 071 7140 (in the event of landline service failure)

Needs: Vests, jerseys, booties, hats
General: Receiving blankets will be appreciated.
Fax: +27 (0) 39 682 6678
Email:
phumza.morai@kznhealth.gov.za

When you send items to hospitals, please send us photos of your beautiful little items and in turn, if the hospitals can send us pictures of the gifting done at their hospitals we can share them on our facebook page for all to enjoy.  Thank you.

Kindly note that all Ruth Mailbag items are given free to infants, children and their parents!!!

Please mark all packages “FOR CHARITY – NO RETAIL VALUE”.



DOMESTIC PARCEL SERVICE
 
Ordinary parcel - An ordinary parcel is any postal item that is bigger than 353 x 250 x 30mm and/or weighs more than 1kg. The maximum length is 1m and the length plus girth may not be more than 2m. The domestic counter-to-counter parcel service (ordinary parcel) is the most economical way to send a parcel. Customers can send parcels from any Post Office counter to any other Post Office counter in the country.

Econoparcel - An Econoparcel is a parcel that is not bigger than 458 x 324 x 100mm and does not weigh more than 1kg.

DOMESTIC PARCEL RATES (non regulated tariffs subject to change)

Ordinary parcel (counter to counter) R31.55 for the first kg R 4.25 for each additional kg or part of a kg

Econoparcel R19.30

Thank you...

We can't thank you enough for your recent donation. People take clothes for granted-- until you don't have any!  Please know how much you've helped the moms, babies, and children.  Once again, thank you for your generosity:

Francis L. for preemie sets
Louise for sets
Methodist WA for sets and vests
Doreen, family and friends for assorted baby clothes, chemo caps, scarves and Vaseline
Knit a square for blankets, caps, vests and toys
Anonymous for Valentine's Day baby gros/onesies
Ladysmith Pharmacy, for the donation of barrier cream for the babies
Mrs Sumiran, for clothing donation
Lois Hoult, Fl, USA for baby hats
Julie for baby sets
Retha for baby sets
Sally Walton, St Leonards on Sea, UK for blanket, hats and vest
Ladysmith Gazette and Times of Ladysmith for space in their publications

Thank you, for your support!

Gifting

Gifted to the moms and babies at the state hospital - 48 preemie sets and 45 newborn sets - moms loved the bright colours!!!  To all those who contribute to these baby packs, bless you and thank you for your kindness and to the staff a BIG thank you for what you do for the mothers and babies of our community, you are always appreciated.
God bless,

Joy Coetzee

Founder – The Ruth Mailbag Group
Contact: joy.coetzee@gmail.com
Fax: 086 516 4618
Delivery: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “For charity – NO retail value”, C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa
Related links: http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com;
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRuthMailbagGroup/;
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-;
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group;
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/