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

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

How you can help - December 2012



How you can help

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

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP
New Year baby

Closing date for this project – 21 December 2012

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

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

New and good quality 2nd 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!


Fax 086 516 4618

Thursday, 8 November 2012

A mother’s triple challenge


A mother’s triple challenge

STORY: Simangele Chirwa





To most people, giving birth to triplets is a blessing. But it is a different story when you have no money to support them. That is the dilemma eSikhaleni mother Nonkazimulo Ntuli faces after giving birth to two boys and a girl in August this year at the Lower Umfolozi War Memorial Hospital. Ntuli, who is unemployed, lives with her mother and nine other family members in a four roomed house in eSikhaleni.

‘I was very happy when I got my little angels. I thought I would be able to cope with the challenge, but now find that I cannot properly feed and clothe them,’ she says. She highlights the challenges she encounters every day, among which was the challenge to take her little ones to the local clinic for vaccinations, since they don’t have a perambulator. She said she ends up asking neighbours to help her carry her kids. At the moment Nonkazimulo is not receiving a government grant though she has applied.


Contact Information
Zululand Observer, Simangele Chirwa on 035 799 0500
Email: zulobs@zululandobserver.co.za
Postal address: Ms Nonkazimulo Ntuli, P O Box 7866, Esikhawini, 3887

We thank you in advance for your support!!!

Joy Coetzee - The Ruth Mailbag Group

Fax 086 516 4618; Email joy.coetzee@gmail.com.
Related links: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRuthMailbagGroup/;
http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/;
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531;
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/;
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group

Monday, 5 November 2012

Free Patterns to Knit/Crochet for Premature Babies


Free Patterns to Knit/Crochet for Premature Babies
 

http://cuddles-uk.org/pattpage.htm
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/index.html
http://knitforpeace.org.uk/2011/12/20/knit-a-hat-for-a-premature-baby/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/stoke/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8674000/8674298.stm
http://project-angel-kisses.150m.com/1memberpatterns.html
http://springstitches.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/knitting-patterns-for-premature-tiny-and-low-birth-weight-babies/
http://www.allcrafts.net/crochetsewingcrafts.htm?url=pacificcay.tripod.com/FP/FPPreemies/PreemieSet/PreemieSet.html
http://www.allcrafts.net/crochetsewingcrafts.htm?url=www.p2designs.com/pdfs/Denny-PreemieLayette.pdf
http://www.andycrafts.co.uk/Hand%20Knitting.html
http://www.angelhugs.ca/patterns.html
http://www.angels4preemies.com/patterns.html
http://www.angels4preemies.com/preemiepatternlinks.html
http://www.babydollhandknitdesigns.co.uk/category_46/Free-Patterns-for-Premature-Babies-and-Personal-Use.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/my_pages/babywear/patterns.shtml
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemies.html
http://www.bonniebabies.co.uk/crochet.htm
http://www.bonniebabies.co.uk/knitting.htm
http://www.bonniebabies.co.uk/knitting.htm
http://www.bundlesoflove.org/crochetpatterns
http://www.bundlesoflove.org/knittingpatterns
http://www.carewear.org/index.cfm?pid=patterns/_patterns.cfm
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/preemies.php
http://www.dolliebabies.co.uk/pages/FreePatterns.htm
http://www.knittinghelp.com/free-patterns/categories/preemie-clothes
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/preemies.php
http://www.norfolkknitters.org.uk/patterns.html?name=Patterns
http://www.p2designs.com/Links-CharityPatterns.htm
http://www.stitchesfromtheheart.org/  (Click on Patterns)
http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/crochet.html
http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/knitting.html
http://www.warmheartswarmbabies.org/  (Click on Patterns)
http://www.woolworks.org/babies.html
http://www.wye.co.uk/view/Information/Knitting_For_Premature_Babies/DK_V-Neck_Pemature_Baby_Cardigan_Pattern/
http://www.wye.co.uk/view/Information/Knitting_For_Premature_Babies/4ply_V-Neck_Raglan_Cardigan/
http://www.wye.co.uk/view/Information/Knitting_For_Premature_Babies/Plain_Bonnet,_Beanie_Hat_and_Bootee_Patterns/
http://www.wye.co.uk/view/Information/Knitting_For_Premature_Babies/Wye_Needlecraft_Blankets_for_Babies/
http://www.wye.co.uk/view/Information/Knitting_For_Premature_Babies/Mitten_pattern/

Prematurity Awareness Month



Worldwide, 13 million babies are born too soon each year.

Wear purple to show your support!

Spread the word about the dangers of premature birth.

To mark the occasion the Ruth Mailbag Group are collecting hats, booties and blankets for premature infants, your gift helps provide comfort and support to families with a baby in the NICU.

Prematurity Awareness Month

 November is Prematurity Awareness Month® and the Ruth Mailbag Group would like to focus the nation’s attention on premature birth. The awareness month kicks off on November 1.  November 17 marks World Prematurity Day, and the Ruth Mailbag Group are asking everyone to help spread the word on the serious problem of premature birth.

About preterm infants
A full-term human pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Delivery that occurs before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is considered to be preterm birth, regardless of birth weight (World Health Organization). Although all births before 37 weeks of gestation are defined as preterm, most damage and death occurs in infants delivered before 34 weeks. It is therefore often convenient to consider preterm birth as being divided into the following subgroups:

Preterm, birth occurring from 23-37 weeks
Late preterm, birth at 34-36 weeks
Moderately preterm, birth at 32-34 weeks
Very preterm, birth before 32 weeks
Extremely preterm, birth before 28 weeks