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

Thursday, 31 October 2013

NEEDS - BERTHA GXOWA HOSPITAL


NEEDS: Bertha Gxowa Hospital: Kangaroo Abbas, vests, jerseys, booties, hats (prems and full term newborns) and receiving blankets.  Please refer to our listing for contact person and address: http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/2013/04/hospitals-in-need-of-baby-friendly-items.html

Sunday, 27 October 2013

How you can help


How you can help

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

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP

Christmas Presents for premature & newborn babies and their moms

Closing date for this project – 1st Saturday in December

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

New, handmade and good quality 2nd hand goods

All items donated are much appreciated

Traditional colours are red, green and white!!!

TO SEND DONATED ITEMS
THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP, “For charity – NO retail value”

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

CAN YOU KNIT, CROCHET OR SEW?

Then why not join us or send in your finished items



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

Friday, 25 October 2013

NEWSLETTER 10 OF 2013


NEWSLETTER 10 OF 2013

THANK YOU:  So very much for your generous donation. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated and I cannot tell you enough how memorable you made this time in the life of these moms and now they have something from your heart to theirs to share with their child.  Again thank you so much!!  Alta Scheepers and sister; Ann Glendinning, Scotland; Ann Hailstone, UK; Aunt Edna Smith; Carol Bower & Co, UK; Carrie Rowsell, UK; Claudine Senekal & The Ladysmith Herald; Doreen Brits, family and friends; Gail Rozendaal; Gereformeerde Kerk Centurion; Gerty Kotze; Helen and Derlon Textile (Pty) Ltd; Karin Strauss; Ladysmith MOTHWAS; Mariska and The Gideons; Methodist WA; Mirinda Claassen; Oink Midrand; Paulina McDowell, UK; Phyllis Botha, Sinoville; Poppy Murrell and Fish & Chips Babies; Renate Dunham; Rosemary Earp Jones; Rosemary Powell; Snappi; South Coast Herald and The Grace Factory.

GIFTING DIARY

 

Sunday, 6 October 2013: Gifted 12 new born and 17 preemie babies, the moms most appreciative and truly delighted with their little packs, thank you to all who in any way contributed to the baby packs, your support is much appreciated.  We also offered New Testament Bibles to the moms, thank you to the Gideon’s for making them available to us.  Thank you Fran for helping me with the gifting.

 

Sunday, 13 October 2013:  Gifted to 16 new born, 23 preemie babies (= 39 babies!) and 26 boarder / lodger moms.  All moms delighted with their baby packs and boarder / lodger mom with their toiletry packs, bed socks and magazines, they were ever so delighted at the gifts that were especially for them the moms, kids at Christmas!  Staff friendly as always, thank you!  Thank you, Barbara and Fran, for helping me with the carrying and gifting, you are stars!  To all who contributed in any way to the baby packs and or mommy packs, bless you and thank you, for your support of our cause, your help is much appreciated.

 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013:  Gifted to Edendale Hospital via Morag van Deventer, Pietermaritzburg, hats and vests for the babies. Thank you, Ronda and Knit a Square, for making this donation possible.

 

Sunday, 20 October 2013:  Gifted 38 babies, assorted packs today, moms particularly excited about the blankets as it is cold with rain and drizzle again the last couple of days. The moms very grateful and so friendly, seems that those who are boarding / lodging tell the others about our packs and visits and all look forward to our arrival on a Sunday afternoon. When I walked into the first moms ward / room the "look out" yelled "wake up" to the other moms and there was a rapid sitting up and looks of excitement on all their faces; so made me think Christmas morning with a bunch of kids! Choruses of "thank you", even from the poor Caesar moms in their still fuzzy state. The staff was great, so friendly, helpful and grateful for the help we afford their moms and babies. To all who contributed in any way to these packs, bless you and thank you, we really are doing a great service collectively for the very needy in our community. Once again, thank you, for your support!!!

 

UPDATES:

 

Kindly note that the contact information for Siyathemba has been updated:  Address for donations: C/o Private Bag x2211, Ingwavuma, 3968, South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: Mrs T.J. Dlamini.  Telephone: 035 5910122; Cell no 0825608267; Fax:035 5910148.  Email: thulisiwe.dlamini@kznhealth.gov.za.  Needs: Blankets, clothes and soft toys for newborn babies

General: In a nut shell, we are helping to support young women with basic needs who would have otherwise aborted their pregnancy as a result of being overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible task to care for their unborn child. These needs are diverse, and we try here and there to help as we feel led. One thing we do for all is try to give each new baby a generous hamper of baby clothes to start him/her off. I've been collecting as much as I can, but generally run short as each little baby makes quite a dent in a bunch of things that has taken months to collect. If you are able to help in any way or would like any more information, please don't hesitate to contact me! :)

 

Kindly note that the following hospitals have been removed from our listings: Addington Hospital, Heidelberg Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and Imelda Convent.

 

New listing:  Edendale Hospital:  Please join me in helping to send every baby born at Edendale Hospital home in something warm and cosy.  Edendale Hospital is located in Pietermaritzburg.   Most of the families who have babies there have nothing to bring their babies home in. That’s where we come in. My group provides warm, handmade, bought or good quality gently used items for these families.

Please send donations to me, Morag van Deventer, at St Anne’s Casualty, FOR CHARITY: NO RETAIL VALUE, Pietermaritzburg.  Email morag@bundunet.com. 

CAN YOU KNIT, CROCHET OR SEW?  Then why not join me, Morag, and send in your finished items.  Please remember to add your email so I can let you know they have arrived.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KINDNESS!

 

GROUPS:

 


 


 


 


 

GENERAL:

 


 

Please find new pictures of items knitted/crocheted by dedicated Ruth Mailbag volunteers on facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531  … … … …

 

MEETING: Saturday, 5 October 2013: Thank you, for a most fruitful and pleasant meeting, your hard work and support of our cause is much appreciated.  Sorry that we had several absentees, trusting you will all be fit as fiddles again, soon, get well soon, you were sorely missed.  Plans are being made for our end of year function and this will be finalized at our next meeting, suggestions welcome!  Happy crafting!!!

 

Interesting article:


 


 

BASIC NEEDS FOR MOMS AND BABIES:  Combs; Toothbrushes; Toothpaste; Soap Baby & Mom; Vaseline/Barrier Cream; Face cloths/sponges Baby & Mom; Towels Hand & Baby;

Receiving Blankets; Baby Blankets; Diaper Pins; Cloth Diapers; Gowns/Sleepers/Babygros; Infant Socks/Bootees/Hats; Sweaters/Jackets. (Preferable sizes Premature/Tiny baby/Newborn/0 to 3 months/1 -3 months). (New / very good quality second hand / handmade).

 

DOMESTIC PARCEL SERVICE & DOMESTIC PARCEL RATES (non regulated tariffs subject to change): 

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.   Ordinary parcel (counter to counter) R33.35 for the first kg R 4.50 for each additional kg or part of a kg.  Econoparcel - An Econoparcel is a parcel that is not bigger than 458 x 324 x 100mm and does not weigh more than 1kg.  Econoparcel R20.40.

 

FREE SAMPLES/TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES FOR MOMS:  Each week our group gifts up to 40 newborn and premature babies at the state hospital.  In these baby packs we place basic items for the baby’s well being e.g. creams, lotions, clothing, and a little something for the mom, too, as the vast majority of the mothers who give birth to their babies at the state hospital are destitute these small personal gifts are a treasure.  The moms are most appreciative of the assistance we give them.  All gifts are given free of any charge and that is why we have to solicit donations to support our cause.

 

HINTS AND TIPS ON KNITTING FOR PREMATURE BABY CHARITIES:

WHAT SIZE DO I KNIT?

Don't put too much emphasis on trying to perfect the size of a preemie garment. There is a great variation between premature baby sizes that an item of any size should be suitable for at least one baby. As a general guide premature babies head circumference is approximately the same as their chest circumference. The average prem baby's chest measurements are 8"-14". However clothes of all sizes are required for preemies, so no matter how big or small your item is it will most likely fit at least one baby.

 

WHICH COLOURS DO I CHOOSE?

Pastel colours are the most popular but in Africa they appreciate colour and the brighter the colours the better they like them. Apart from the obviously baby pinks and blues other colours which may be used are: Lemon, Cream, White, Mint green, Peach, Lilac and Aqua. It is recognised that bright and dark colours should be avoided as they often make prem babies look frailer. When knitting burial garments the advice suggests its best to use colours such as white or cream and to avoid pinks, blues and lilacs, as they aren't suited to the colouring of a stillborn baby.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH YARN TO USE?

Premature babies have very delicate skin and can often be allergic to wool; therefore it is best to avoid garments made with a wool mix. Acrylic yarn is more suitable when knitting for preemies. Ideal yarn to use for preemie knits is baby double knit or 4ply yarn. Most preemie patterns will use these.

DO I NEED SPECIAL FASTENINGS?

Plain flat half-inch buttons are best to use for fastening. Avoid nylon and metal fastenings, as they get very hot under the incubator heaters. Do not use Velcro as a fastening, it is very scratchy on the hook side and also damages knitted garments when they are laundered. Ease of dressing is vital for preemies and as a general rule it is best not to use ribbon as a fastening as ribbon can often be fussy to tie on a garment so small.

WHAT DO I CHOOSE TO KNIT?

1.CARDIGANS

These are the most frequently used preemie clothing. V-Necks or round necks are the best to knit for 'give' and ease of dressing. Cuffs and shoulders should have plenty of 'give' to help make dressing easy. Stretchy knits such as garter stitch work best as they provide the necessary 'give'.

2.BLANKETS

Prem baby knitting charities usually appreciate blankets. Avoid lacy patterns or blankets with large holes in can be dangerous for little fingers.

3.HATS

Keep the designs simple and preferably without any ties and fastenings. Check the specific sites for the knitting patterns they recommend.

4.BOOTIES

Garter stitch is the best to use for booties as it is stretchy which makes it easier to put the booties on. It is better to knit shaping at the ankle to provide grip rather than use tie or cords.

 

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS

CUSTOMS DUTY

VERY IMPORTANT: We would ask you to take special notice of these instructions to avoid unnecessary duty being paid on your parcels as they arrive in South Africa.

Please mark clearly: No Commercial Value - For Charity Only.

Please do not register your letters, parcels, packages or boxes.

Please do not give a monetary value on your parcels (or only the minimum amount as instructed by your post office)

Please do use your good old post office unless you do not have one; it has come to our attention that the customs paid to couriers is higher than that paid at the post office

We have to pay minimal duty on most large parcels arriving. However even just a small monetary value on a parcel attracts far higher duties. Letters, parcels, packages and boxes continue to arrive safely in volumes without any registration or monetary values appended to them.

MOISTURE FREE:  Wrap your crocheted, knitted and sewn items in a plastic bag, bubble wrap or by postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.

POSTAL ADDRESS:  Address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, No Commercial Value - For Charity Only, C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:  Please add a note with your name AND email address so that I may acknowledge your parcel.  Thank you for your support!

 

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP MEETINGS:  1st Saturday of the month, February through December, 14h00 to 16h00, Juana Maria Home, Francis Road, Ladysmith, KZN.  Thank you, Juana Maria, for your hospitality!  Bring your charity knitting, crocheting, & sewing; Any yarn and or patterns to swap, etc.

December – end of year function and January - in recess!  See you there!!!

 

WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP:  Thank you for your interest in joining the growing list of wonderful contributors of The Ruth Mailbag Group. We're so thankful for you!

To continue our work, we need lots and lots of goodies! They can be bought, good quality second hand, newly knitted, crocheted or stitched with a sewing machine or by hand. We have FREE patterns for all types of items on our patterns pages. Please feel free to use any pattern that you are comfortable with.

We will be working on a steady stream of needy causes and people. And we are so thankful for your generosity.

Promote The Ruth Mailbag Group on your blogs, websites, newsletters, knitting, sewing and quilting groups.

Donate:  Travel size toiletries for women/moms; Hotel Toiletries that you've collected during your travels; Toiletry bags (big or small) for personal care kits; Filled toiletry Bags; New or handmade facecloths;  Hair brush/comb; -Toiletries for babies/moms; Nappies fabric or disposable (premature/newborn); Nappy pins/Snappis; Plastic pants (premature/newborn); Blankets (large premature/new-born); Clothes for premature/new-born; Toys that are age appropriate; Yarn (3 ply/4 ply/double knitting - soft); Ribbons; Trims; Buttons

Become a Fan on Facebook by clicking "Like" at the top of the facebook page; If a Facebook Fan, please "suggest" to your Facebook friends; Tell everyone that you know about the Ruth Mailbag Group.

 All donations can be sent to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, For Charity - NO Retail Value, C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.

Please be sure and include a business card or a note with your name and or business so that we can credit you for your contribution. It's a big deal to us and we like to give you proper thanks.

Thank you for helping us warm hearts and bodies.

Please join the Ruth Mailbag Group today by writing Email: joy.coetzee@gmail.com / Fax: 086 516 4618 and telling us how you can help. Help us warm the hearts and bodies of women, children, babies, elderly and shelter animals in need. You will be helping make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

 

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Yours in charity crafting,

Joy Coetzee

Founder - The Ruth Mailbag Group

 

CONTACT DETAILS: Fax 086 516 4618; Email joy.coetzee@gmail.com.

 

RELATED LINKS: Find us Online! Get in touch now. We are very social; find us on our various platforms.

http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/
http://www.flickr.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group/
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-ruth-mailbag-group
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/the-ruth-mailbag-http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheRuthMailbagGroup/
Please follow us at https://twitter.com/RuthMailbag
Please like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531

Sunday, 13 October 2013

New Listing: Edendale Hospital


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

Please send donations to me, Morag van Deventer, at St Anne’s Casualty, FOR CHARITY: NO RETAIL VALUE, Pietermaritzburg.  Email morag@bundunet.com. 

CAN YOU KNIT, CROCHET OR SEW?  Then why not join me, Morag, and send in your finished items.  Please remember to add your email so I can let you know they have arrived.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR KINDNESS!

Pictures of items knitted/crocheted by dedicated Ruth Mailbag volunteers

Please find new pictures of items knitted by dedicated Ruth Mailbag volunteers on our facebook page: … …

Friday, 4 October 2013

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS
CUSTOMS DUTY
VERY IMPORTANT: We would ask you to take special notice of these instructions to avoid unnecessary duty being paid on your parcels as they arrive in South Africa.
Please mark clearly: No Commercial Value - For Charity Only.
Please do not register your letters, parcels, packages or boxes.
Please do not give a monetary value on your parcels (or only the minimum amount as instructed by your post office)
Please do use your good old post office unless you do not have one; it has come to our attention that the customs paid to couriers is higher than that paid at the post office
We have to pay minimal duty on most large parcels arriving. However even just a small monetary value on a parcel attracts far higher duties. Letters, parcels, packages and boxes continue to arrive safely in volumes without any registration or monetary values appended to them.
MOISTURE FREE
Wrap your crocheted, knitted and sewn items in a plastic bag, bubble wrap or by postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
POSTAL ADDRESS
Address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 27 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Please add a note with your name, address or email address so that I may acknowledge your parcel.
 Thank you for your support!

Hints and tips on Knitting for premature baby charities.

Hints and tips on Knitting for premature baby charities.

What size do I knit?
Don't put too much emphasis on trying to perfect the size of a preemie garment. There is a great variation between premature baby sizes that an item of any size should be suitable for at least one baby. As a general guide premature babies head circumference is approximately the same as their chest circumference. The average prem baby's chest measurements are 8"-14". However clothes of all sizes are required for preemies, so no matter how big or small your item is it will most likely fit at least one baby.

Which colours do I choose?
Pastel colours are the most popular but in Africa they appreciate colour, and the brighter the colours the better they like them. Apart from the obviously baby pinks and blues other colours which may be used are: Lemon, Cream, White, Mint green, Peach, Lilac and Aqua. It is recognised that bright and dark colours should be avoided as they often make prem babies look frailer. When knitting burial garments the advice suggests its best to use colours such as white or cream and to avoid pinks, blues and lilacs, as they aren't suited to the colouring of a stillborn baby.

How do i know which yarn to use?
Premature babies have very delicate skin and can often be allergic to wool; therefore it is best to avoid garments made with a wool mix. Acrylic yarn is more suitable when knitting for preemies. Ideal yarn to use for preemie knits is baby double knit or 4ply yarn. Most preemie patterns will use these.

Do I need special fastenings?
Plain flat half-inch buttons are best to use for fastening. Avoid nylon and metal fastenings, as they get very hot under the incubator heaters. Do not use Velcro as a fastening, it is very scratchy on the hook side and also damages knitted garments when they are laundered. Ease of dressing is vital for preemies and as a general rule it is best not to use ribbon as a fastening as ribbon can often be fussy to tie on a garment so small.

What do I choose to Knit?

1.Cardigans
These are the most frequently used preemie clothing. V-Necks or round necks are the best to knit for 'give' and ease of dressing. Cuffs and shoulders should have plenty o of 'give' to help make dressing easy. Stretchy knits such as garter stitch work best as they provide the necessary 'give'.

2.Blankets
Prem baby knitting charities usually appreciate blankets. Avoid lacy patterns or blankets with large holes in can be dangerous for little fingers.

3.Hats
The best type is the ventilator hat as they allow the babies to have head scans without removing the hat. Keep the designs simple and preferably without any ties and fastenings. Check the specific sites for the knitting patterns they recommend.

4.Booties
Garter stitch is the best to use for booties as it is stretchy which makes it easier to put the booties on. It is better to knit shaping at the ankle to provide grip rather than use tie or cords.

Ways That You Can Help

Ways That You Can Help

 Thank you for your interest in joining the growing list of wonderful contributors of The Ruth Mailbag Group. We're so thankful for you!
To continue our work, we need lots and lots of goodies! They can be bought, good quality second hand, newly knitted, crocheted or stitched with a sewing machine or by hand. We have FREE patterns for all types of items on our patterns pages. Please feel free to use any pattern that you are comfortable with.

We will be working on a steady stream of needy causes and people. And we are so thankful for your generosity.

Promote The Ruth Mailbag Group on your blogs, websites, newsletters, knitting, sewing and quilting groups.

Donate:
-Travel size toiletries for women/moms
-Hotel Toiletries that you've collected during your travels
-Toiletry bags (big or small) for personal care kits
-Filled toiletry Bags
-New or handmade facecloths
- Hair brush/comb
-Toiletries for babies/moms
-Nappies – fabric or disposable (premature/newborn)
-Nappy pins/Snappis
-Plastic pants (premature/newborn)
-Blankets (large premature/new-born)
-Clothes for premature/new-born
-Toys that are age appropriate
-Cotton fabrics
-Towelling
-Fleece
-Flannel
-Yarn (3 ply/4 ply/double knitting/chunky - soft)
-Spools of thread
-Ribbons
-Trims
-Buttons
-Gift Cards
-Large Clear Plastic Storage Containers with Lids
-Become a Fan on Facebook by clicking "Like" at the top of the facebook page
-If a Facebook Fan, please "suggest" to your Facebook friends.
-Tell everyone that you know about the Ruth Mailbag Group.

All donations can be sent to:
The Ruth Mailbag Group
“For Charity – NO Retail Value”
C/o Foto First
180 Murchison Street
Ladysmith, 3370
South Africa

Please be sure and include a business card or a note with your name and or business so that we can credit you for your contribution. It's a big deal to us and we like to give you proper thanks.

Thank you for helping us warm hearts and bodies.

Please join the Ruth Mailbag Group today by writing Email:
joy.coetzee@gmail.com / Fax: 086 516 4618 and telling us how you can help. Help us warm the hearts and bodies of women, children, babies, elderly and shelter animals in need. You will be helping make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

FREE SAMPLES / TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES

FREE SAMPLES/TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES

Each week our group gifts up to 40 newborn and premature babies at the state hospital.  In these baby packs we place basic items for the baby’s well being e.g. creams, lotions, clothing, and a little something for the mom, too, as the vast majority of the mothers who give birth to their babies at the state hospital are destitute these small persoanl gifts are a treasure.  The moms are most appreciative of the assistance we give them.  All gifts are given free of any charge and that is why we have to solicit donations to support our cause.

Please help us if at all possible.

BASIC NEEDS

BASIC NEEDS
Combs; Toothbrushes; Toothpaste; Soap – Baby & Mom; Vaseline/Barrier Cream; Face cloths/sponges – Baby & Mom; Towels – Hand & Baby
Receiving Blankets; Baby Blankets; Diaper Pins; Cloth Diapers; Gowns/Sleepers/Babygros; Infant Socks/Bootees/Hats; Sweaters/Jackets. (Preferable sizes Premature/Tiny baby/Newborn/0 to 3 months/1 -3 months). (New / very good quality second hand / hand made).

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Kindly note the change to contact information



Siyathemba

Address for donations: C/o Private Bag x2211, Ingwavuma, 3968, South Africa
Name of staff liaison person: Mrs T.J. Dlamini
Telephone: 035 5910122; Cell no 0825608267
Fax:035 5910148
Email: thulisiwe.dlamini@kznhealth.gov.za
Needs: Blankets, clothes and soft toys for new born babies
General: In a nut shell, we are helping to support young women with basic needs who would have otherwise aborted their pregnancy as a result of being overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible task to care for their unborn child. These needs are diverse, and we try here and there to help as we feel led. One thing we do for all is try to give each new baby a generous hamper of baby clothes to start him/her off. I've been collecting as much as I can, but generally run short as each little baby makes quite a dent in a bunch of things that has taken months to collect. If you are able to help in any way or would like any more information, please don't hesitate to contact me! :)

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP: NEWSLETTER 9 OF 2013


THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP: NEWSLETTER 9 OF 2013
Please forward this newsletter to your online family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances! They'll appreciate your thoughtfulness and I will too! Thank you.

Welcome to all our new members and not so new members!!!


DATES TO REMEMBER IN 2014

Please plan your projects around the following days.  We shall continue to concentrate on items for the babies (premature and newborn).  Donate items such as baby clothing, new or gently used and handcrafted baby items, supplies for crocheting, knitting and sewing, like skeins of yarn, fabric, etc.

December for 1 January                 – New Year’s Day
January for 14 February                 – Valentine’s Day
February for 17 March                   – St Patrick’s Day
March for 20 April                           – Easter Sunday
April for 15 May                               – International Kangaroo Care Day
May for 9 June                                 – World Wide Knit in Public Day
June for 18 July                                – Nelson Mandela Day
July for 9 August                              – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder/Lodger Moms and their babies)
August for 12 September               – International Crochet Day
September for November              – Click for Babies / Purple hat project (Awareness of Shaken baby syndrome and Period of Purple Crying)
October for 17 November             World Prematurity Day
November for 25 December         – Christmas Day

Please address your post to:

1.            The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 180 Murchison Street, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa, OR

2.            A government hospital of your choice.


 GIFTING DIARY:

25 August 2013: Gifted to Phumie at Tuinhuis a baby pack and a mommy pack.  She was delighted and most grateful.
7 September 2013:  Gifted to Isabel Osethu Creche, 17 bigger vests for the little children, via Doreen Brits.  Bless you and thank you!

8 September 2013:  Gifted to 24 new born and 12 premature babies.  Staff very friendly.  Moms most appreciative.  Thank you Barbara and Frances for your help carrying and gifting.  To all who contributed to these baby packs bless you and thank you for your support of our cause.
Sunday, 15 September 2013:  Gifted to 18 newborn and 10 premature babies; quiet day on the ward…  Moms delighted and most grateful for their packs...  Staff friendly…  To all who contribute in anyway, bless you and thank you for your support!

Saturday, 21 September 2013:  Gifted assorted soft toys to the Child Protection Unit for the traumatised children, via Barbara de Wet.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributed to this donation.  Bless you and thank you!
Sunday, 22 September 2013:  Gifted to 14 premature and 22 new born babies.  Moms delighted, grateful and very happy.  Staff friendly.  Thank you, Barbara and Frances for your help.  Thank you, to all who in anyway contribute to our weekly gifting packs.  Bless you and thank you for making these packs possible.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: This information is provided as advance warning of projects that will be coming up; this is especially for our overseas members:
Ongoing - Appeal for Basic Toiletry Items, bed socks, plastic cutlery, etc for Boarder Moms
October – Prematurity Awareness Month (to concentrate on premature items from 1 kg upwards and remember that our babies are discharged at 1.6 kg so need small going home outfits)
November – Christmas presents for babies and moms
December – New Year Babies – Presents for babies and moms

MEETING: Saturday, 07 September 2013: I wanted to thank you all most sincerely for a wonderful and very productive meeting. I can honestly say that this was the most successful in terms of allowing time for people to really interact - not to mention the wonderful hospitality that we were shown by the home. Bless you all and thank you!

MESSAGES:

03 September 2013, Mrs Rachel Tomlinson, Manager, Ifafa Beach Women’s Action Group (Sinethemba Shelter) wrote: I take this opportunity to thank you personally and your co-workers for the generous donation you sent to us via Mo our friend from Club Marina.

It is your generosity that makes a difference to so many lives.  We will keep some at the shelter for the mothers and babies, whatever is over we will donate to the crisis centre at G J Crooks Hospital in Scottburgh.

May the good Lord bless you all for the help.  Thank you.  (((So very good to receive a thank you note, not often that we do.)))

Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 10.31 AM, Jennifer.Clarke@tsogosun.com wrote: Our office has done another 41 cap/bootie sets to be sent to Karl Bremer prem baby side. Thanks & Regards, Jennifer.  (((Well done!  Keep up the good work!)

PICTURES OF ITEMS KNITTED BY DEDICATED RUTH MAILBAG GROUP VOLUNTEERS can be found on our facebook page, please, visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruth-Mailbag-Group/153666104700531

SOME ITEMS YOU MAY LIKE TO REFER TO ON THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP BLOG:

http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/2013/04/hospitals-in-need-of-baby-friendly-items.html

THANK YOU:  Ann Glendinning, Scotland; Barbara UK & family; Carol Bower & Co, S Yorkshire; Di Watts; Doreen Brits; Frances Labuschagne; Gail Rozendaal; Gerty Kotze; Gillian Heron, Mother and Mother in Law; Janet Mill; Joan de Pindray; Karin Strauss; Ladysmith Baptist Church; Methodist WA Ladysmith; Morag van Deventer and friends, Pietermaritzburg; Renate Dunham; Retha Fountain; Rosemary Earp Jones; and Shirley Brownlee, Norway.

We can’t thank you enough for your recent donation.  Please know how much you have helped our destitute moms and their babies and how much we all appreciate it.

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP MEETINGS:  1st Saturday of the month, February through December, 14h00 – 16h00, Juana Maria Home, Francis Road, Ladysmith, KZN. Thank you, Juana Maria, for your hospitality! Bring your charity knitting, crocheting, & sewing; Any yarn and or patterns to swap, etc.
January - in recess! See you there!!!

WHAT’S NEEDED:

http://theruthmailbaggroup.blogspot.com/2013/08/special-appeal-we-need-new-born-bootees.html


Thank you in advance for your support!

Yours in charity crafting,

Joy Coetzee
Founder - The Ruth Mailbag Group

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