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 -

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Project with a religious theme

Lent begins on Wednesday, 13 February 2013, and ends on Thursday, 28 March 2013.  We will have a Lenten Challenge to knit, crochet, sew or quilt for charity, (a charity of your choice, but I will encourage you to work for the babies born at your local government hospital as that is my primary concern!) e.g. one item per day (40 days), 40 squares for blankets, a bootie a day = 20 pairs, a cap a day, etc.  Some patterns to consider  Traditional Lenten colours are purple, the colour of royalty and repentance; 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; or any colour that pleases you.  Please post and let us know what you are making and how you are progressing.  Photos are welcome. 
God bless you,
Joy Coetzee – The Ruth Mailbag Group.
Fax 086 516 4618


  1. Hello Joy. I so love this challenge and would like to be able to join in. I might decide to and although the postage might be a lot I feel it would be good to sacrifice something else to pay it. All part of 'giving up' something for Lent. I will try my best for you. Love Anne x