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, 28 May 2013

How you can help


Mandela Day is an annual international day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his values, and is celebrated each year on the 18th July. It celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact on the lives of ordinary people, especially the needy by selflessly dedicating 67 minutes of their time through volunteering and community service.

By donating baby clothes and blankets for the needy at a government hospital near you, you can help towards making little lives a little easier and return hope to the mothers, who may never have received a gift of any sort before...

How you can help

there are many items you could donate to


Nelson Mandela Day
Closing date for this project – 1st Saturday in July

Donate items such as baby clothing and supplies, new or gently used.

Donate items such as supplies for crocheting and knitting, like skeins of yarn.

Donate handcrafted baby items.

All items donated are much appreciated

“For charity – NO retail value”



Then why not join us or send in your finished items.  Please remember to add your name and email address so I can let you know they have arrived...

Fax 086 516 4618; Related link -

Monday, 13 May 2013

You are never too young to knit for the babies!!!

You are never too young to knit for the babies!!!

On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM, Linda Mitchell wrote:

“I Have posted a package by Airmail to you containing 25 vest and hat sets....I hope they will be of use to you!
My mum, Bunty MacGregor, who is nearly 92, has been given a new lease of life since I persuaded her to start knitting again.....she just loves it.”
Bless you and thank you, Linda’s Mom, you are an inspiration to us all and I know the moms and babies are grateful to you for all your hard work.  Once again, thank you!!!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Happy National Nurses Day!

Happy National Nurses Day!

A tribute to nurses for all that they do for our moms and babies.

Bless you and thank you,

The Ruth Mailbag Group


National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

A Nurse is more, Why?
Though nobody, can say why, for sure,
Nurse's desire, for service, is pure.
Not for themselves, it has to be for others.
A life dedicated, to their sisters and their brothers.

A Nurse is more, How?
Through reserves, of strength, care and love,
Nurses take their lead, from the power above.
Above and beyond, their duty comes first.
Their patient's needs paramount, before even hunger
and thirst.

A Nurse is more, When?
When we need them the most, at our times of ill,
Nurses come through, with their care and goodwill.
When we feel we can't go on, and wish, to give up the ghost.
That's when our Nurses, give it their most.

A Nurse is more, Where?
In the hospital, the battlefield, the clinic, the home and
Nurses are there, in the ER, the OR, the workplace, and
medical office.
Where we are, to go for our care, thankfully,
we find Nurses there.
Aging, sick, fearful, weary, we turn to Nurses, and know
they care.

A Nurse is More,
A Nurse is more, much more than all we've said,
or all we can say,
other than, to acknowledge the Nurses, who so brighten
our day.
In gratitude, we thank Nurses, their willingness to serve,
we find so appealing,
bringing to us, their comfort, wisdom, compassion
and healing.

Written to honour all Nurses,
Dedicated to Jeannine E. Shuster, R.N.

A Nurse Is More ©
05/10/99 Richard G. Shuster

Permission is granted to reproduce this poem for any Nurses forum.
Nurse's Week and Nurse's Day are during the month May.
If you know a Nurse, are related to a Nurse, or just would like to thank a Nurse, please send or give a copy of this poem.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

You are cordially invited to join our KIP,

You are cordially invited to join our KIP,
please, see below!!! If you live too far away then please go to to:
· Host a KIP event anywhere in the world
· Find a KIP event you want to participate in
· Join a KIP event that is already listed
We look forward to seeing you or hearing all about the KIP you hosted/found/joined!!!

World Wide Knit in Public Day
South Africa, Ladysmith
Hosted by The Ruth Mailbag Group
Location: Juana Maria Home, Francis Road
Time 14:00 - 16:00
Date: June 8, 2013
Please bring: Own / charity knitting / crocheting, snacks and drinks (to share with the residents!!!)
This KIP is not knitting exclusive
There are free bathrooms available nearby