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

Sunday, 26 January 2014

St Patrick’s Day Project


St Patrick’s Day Project

 

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

 

Closing date – 1st Saturday in March

 

Please deliver / send to:

The Ruth Mailbag Group

“For charity – NO retail value”

C/o Foto First

10 Francis Road

Ladysmith, 3370 – South Africa

Thank you, in anticipation!

Monday, 20 January 2014

NEWSLETTER 1 OF 2014

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP: NEWSLETTER 1 OF 2014

Happy 2014 to you and yours! I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and New Year’s festivities. I send thanks to everyone who sent Christmas cards and season’s greetings. Thank you again for your kindness, good wishes, and lovely notes.

Thank you all for all that you do! I am proud that our efforts make a difference in this world. The Ruth Mailbag Group is my antidote to the evening news and reminds me that there are kind and generous people who care about others.

Please keep in touch and enjoy your work on The Ruth Mailbag Group projects.

THANK YOU: Barbara UK and family; Carol Bower and friends, UK; Corrie White; Di Watts, Jefferies Bay; Doreen Brits, family and friends; Gail Rozendaal; Gerty Kotze; Gwen Draffan, UK; Jackie Hammond, UK; Jennifer, UK; Mariaan Botha; Mariette van Staden; Mrs M Strong, UK; Nancy Commins, USA; Renate Dunham and San-Marie Taljaard.

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 and knitting, like skeins of yarn, etc.

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 – Comfort scarves for Victory Haven & other shelters
June for 18 July – Nelson Mandela Day
July for 9 August – National Women’s Day (Emphasis on Boarder 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
December for 1 January – New Year’s Day
January for 14 February – Valentine’s Day

Please address all your post to:  The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM, patb@mtn.blackberry.com patb@mtn.blackberry.com wrote:  It is a pleasure being a part of something so Special. Bless you all as well as the Mothers and Babies. Thank you all and Merry Christmas to all.

Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM, Yvonne Kidd <yvonne@ffl.co.za>  wrote: … a blessed, peaceful and loving Christmas to you too! May 2014 be successful and prosperous for you and the Ruth Mailbag!

Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM, Leslye Borden <handmade.leslye@gmail.com> wrote:  Congratulations on a great year. Let me know when you plan to have your month supporting Handmade.
Leslye, You will be pleased to hear that we have a project in aid of Handmade planned, this project  will be held during “WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY 2014”: 
Handmade Especially for You and The Ruth Mailbag Group hopes YOU will make COMFORT SCARVES FOR ABUSED WOMEN
The Ruth Mailbag Group affiliated to “Handmade Especially for You” is happy to announce our project in aid of abused women… since we are already working for Victory Haven, the shelter for abused women and children in our town, we can easily slip into the ‘role’ of scarf making.
Leslye Borden, Founder, www.handmadeespecially.org, 501(c)3 EIN: 26-3529292 wrote:
Please join Handmade Especially for You (501(c)3). We knit and crochet comfort scarves and distribute them to shelters for abused women…
Here are the specs for making comfort scarves:
big needles (size 15 or 17) or big hooks (K, N, P) 
soft yarn (for comfort) 
happy colour 
at least 4 inches wide but no more than 5 inches wide 
at least 60 inches long 
open stitch (for distribution in a warm climate) 
some decoration like fun fur or ribbon to individualize each scarf and make it a personal gift for the recipient
Thanks in advance for your participation.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Related links:
Ladysmith members please talk to me if you need yarn.
Please address all your post to:
The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!) 
OR
Handmade Especially for You, c/o Leslye Borden, 30065 Grandpoint, Rancho Palos, Verdes CA 90275, USA
If postage is a problem, please, support a shelter near you!!!

8:40pm Dec 19, Morag MacNeill Van Deventer wrote:  I had the most wonderful time at Edendale today! I was taken around by two matrons, to each maternity ward, labour ward, post delivery, as well as all the nurseries, NICU's - of which there are many! It was such a lovely experience, as the moms were very grateful. It was an eye opener as we tend to forget that these are some very young mums. It was lovely to see that they were not expecting anything and then to be given such lovely gifts, so happy to say our project got off to a good start. It does seem like I will have to go through the whole process again each time I want to do gifting, but I am sure I will make "connections" as I go along and hopefully that will make it easier.
Thanks for all your support! I sent photos to Margaret Hall, her ladies have been truly wonderful. Please help spread the word, that anything would be appreciated. Edendale hospital has so many wards! Thanks a million again, I forgot to tell you, the matrons asked to keep a few outfits for the New Years babies, who always have a photo in the Natal Witness, how nice is that!  (((WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Bless you, thank you and keep up the good work.  Photos on facebook.)))

Tuesday, 07 January 2014, Morag MacNeill Van Deventer wrote:  Happy New Year!  Great news, one of the girls I work with also works in NICU at Edendale, came and said thanks so much for the beautiful gifts for the babies and that the moms were so happy especially the mums who came to their babies and found outfits for them!  So, that was really what I needed to hear!  Thanks for keeping me motivated!  (((I love it when a plan comes together!!!)))

Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM, Snoeks Desmond <snoeks@global.co.za> wrote: Today I went to King Dinuzulu Hospital and gave them six packs of items for babies as well as 20 beanies for toddlers. I met a number of senior staff and was taken to several different wards – the well new-borns, the
prems and sickly new-borns, the Caesars, and the paediatric ward. I suggested that when they need more things that they phone me and I can come over quite quickly as the hospital isn’t far from my flat. Two little babies really needed the things we provided as they had been left with nothing and were being taken to a Home to wait to be adopted.
One of the B&B4B group members had knitted two different sizes of prem beanies and I was able to check which one was the best. This will help as we need to put together more prem baby packs.
Have a wonderful Christmas.  (((Great job!  Keep up the good work.)))

Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM, Snoeks Desmond <snoeks@global.co.za> wrote: Today I got a really nice letter from King Dinuzulu Hospital and the arrangement is that they will phone as soon as they need more items, Snoeks  (((That is wonderful, keep up the good work!)))

Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM, Joe Lloyd <jtlloyd@telkomsa.net> wrote:  Thank you so much, for me being able to help The Ruth Mail Bag and Babies.  If it wasn’t for your article in the North Glen News I would not have known about The Ruth Mailbag and how lovely through all this I learnt to make beanies which was so great to do something for less fortunate people then ourselves, when my sister In law came for her holiday from the UK I gave her wool and she was only too happy to help knit the beanies and knits quicker than I do, so I spent quality time with her and we would knit and chat merrily. It was such a lovely feeling to know I was doing something for less fortunate people
than ourselves what a blessing. I would like to Wish You and All Your Families A Happy & Healthy 2014.  Blessings & Joy For 2014!  Regards, Thora.  PS: Also Got our WA Ladies At Church Involved In The Knitting.  (((Thank you for writing and your kind wishes.  I love to hear stories like yours, so inspiring!!!  Bless you and thank you!!!)))

Tuesday, 07 January 2014, Wendy Davies-walker wrote: The bowlers have been having a break with season on the coast and lots of visitors.  Some of us are still overseas.  We are getting back into the groove now that the holidays are nearly over.  It’s been unbearably hot so don’t want to handle wool.  Will have to dust off the sewing machine as I’ve been donated off cuts and sheets that I can make into baby clothes and receiving blankets.  So far our total donated is 212 items and I have more waiting to hand over.  (((Wonderful achievement!!!  Photos on facebook.)))

Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:17 PM ,merilynncourt@gmail.com <merilynncourt@gmail.com> wrote: 39 beanies and 39 pairs of booties to King Edward Hospital.  Kind Regards.  Lenie  (((Well done, keep up the good work!!!)))

UPDATE FROM GRAEME AT SIYATHEMBA: From the Siyathemba side of things it has been a different season as we consider how to address such large numbers of women wanting abortions. I have begun my registrar training this year and thoroughly enjoy my interactions with the teenagers that come to our antenatal clinic, the grannies that come to our gynaecology clinic with cancer and other women that God brings across my path with different circumstances. The thread through all of these lives is the same, everyone is looking for hope and every one of them sees themselves as far less valuable than the way their Maker sees them. It is this message of hope and “daughtership” to a King that is so desperately needed in these broken lives. God’s grace has been enough for me despite the high demands to engage with many women in this topic.
So what about the women wanting abortions? Unfortunately I often find myself as the most senior doctor in our gynaecology clinic. The demands are high and practically it has become impossible for me to spend time with these women specifically. However, we are currently working on a way to get an independent person employed by Siyathemba to counsel these women prior to them seeing a doctor. As I mentioned in a previous update we recently made contact with one of our first mothers who kept her baby (now almost 4 years old). She seems excited about the potential of being able to counsel mothers who sat in the same seat as she did. Something else, that seems to be by no means a coincidence, is that the head of the department that I am working in is also a Christian and shares a similar heart for these mothers as we do. This makes the logistics much easier if you can get approval from the top.    
The current system works in such a way that the women wait until the afternoon when they quickly get shifted through the clinic to a junior doctor who sends them to the social workers. They return back from the social workers with a letters to say that they have a social problem and a referral letter is written by the junior doctor to the Marie Stopes clinic (local abortion clinic) where the termination of pregnancy is performed.
It is our plan that our counsellor will sit with the social workers and take over their counselling which seems largely ineffective. I am certain that they will also be more than willing to hand over this responsibility as this group of patients is generally a group that people want to avoid.  The social workers in the state setting are also largely overloaded with cases, and usually more than willing to hand over a little of their work.  We will however, continue to trust for those social workers, set apart, for the necessary help and insight that will be needed in many cases.
If this is a successful initiative then we are hoping that it can be used as an example for all the other major hospitals I will rotate through in the next 4 years of training.
We ask you to trust with us that the process will be a smooth one and that we will find the regular cash flow to pay the counsellor. If you are willing to help from this point of view please let us know.
We also received another very generous donation of clothes from our friends in Ladysmith. Their support has been amazing and they have adopted Siyathemba as a church outreach project. Again we would like to thank them. These clothes were sent up to Sister Dlamini in Ingwavuma who is continuously encouraging us with stories of what God continues to do in Ingwavuma.
We are hoping to start a blog for Siyathemba in the near future which will make things easier to follow and we will keep you informed of this development.
Thank you for all your support.  Graeme  (((Thank you, Gail, for sharing with us.)))

UPDATE AMOR FOR PREM, AIDS AND CANCER BABIES (STEVE BIKO HOSPITAL, PRETORIA): Die blad is gestig deur Sarah Marx Kuipers in samewerking met Lanie Meyer. Sarie het Kaap toe getrek en ek het die admin van die blad oorgeneem. Ek maak die benodighede bymekaar en sorg vir patrone en Lanie verpak dit en gaan gee dit af by Steve Biko Hospitaal in Pretoria.

Die goedjies kan gepos word aan Marthie Labuschagne Posbus 48449 HERCULES 0030 of aan Lanie Meyer Possbus 35860 ANNLIN 0066 ... See more
https://www.facebook.com/groups/236101209863890/

Verskaf asb die “tracking numbers”

Ons benodig die volgende:

PREMMIEBABA’S

Klein, bootees, mussies en baadjies, asook kombersies (materiaal, gehekel of gebrei)

KANKERBABA’S EN PEUTERS

“Bodywarmers” (vigstruitjies) en mussies, bootees, baadjies en truitjies

BABA’S MET LEWERKWALE

Sagte speelgoed

GEWONE GROTE BABA’S

Bootees, mussies, baadjies, truitjies en kombersies (materiaal, gehekel of gebrei)

ANDER INLIGTING

Daar is baie patrone onder FILES, of indien u wil he ek moet die patroon epos, inbox jou eposadres vir my.
Gekoopte kleertjies, kombersies en speelgoed is ook baie welkom.
Indien u nie kan naaldwerk doen nie, sal ‘n skenking van wol baie waardeer word. Ons gebruik enige 3 draad (3 ply); 4 draad (4 ply) of dubbeldraad (double knit) wol. Enige kleur
Ons ontvang partykeer kleertjies wat te klein is vir die premmies – dit word oorhandig aan die kraamsaal. Die baie klein, doodgebore baba’s word dan daarin begrawe.
Alles wat u vir ons stuur word baie waardeer.
Ons benodig ook u gebede vir die projek en dra hiermee ook die projek op aan ons Hemelse Vader

Ons leuse vir die blad is: 2 Korintiers 9:7 “Elkeen moet gee soos hy hom in sy hart voorgeneem het, nie met teensin of uit dwang nie, want God het die blymoedige gewer lief.”
Verskaf asb die “tracking numbers”

Ons benodig die volgende:

PREMMIEBABA’S

Klein, bootees, mussies en baadjies, asook kombersies (materiaal, gehekel of gebrei)

KANKERBABA’S EN PEUTERS

“Bodywarmers” (vigstruitjies) en mussies, bootees, baadjies en truitjies

BABA’S MET LEWERKWALE

Sagte speelgoed

GEWONE GROTE BABA’S

Bootees, mussies, baadjies, truitjies en kombersies (materiaal, gehekel of gebrei)

ANDER INLIGTING

Daar is baie patrone onder FILES, of indien u wil he ek moet die patroon epos, inbox jou eposadres vir my.
Gekoopte kleertjies, kombersies en speelgoed is ook baie welkom.
Indien u nie kan naaldwerk doen nie, sal ‘n skenking van wol baie waardeer word. Ons gebruik enige 3 draad (3 ply); 4 draad (4 ply) of dubbeldraad (double knit) wol. Enige kleur
Ons ontvang partykeer kleertjies wat te klein is vir die premmies – dit word oorhandig aan die kraamsaal. Die baie klein, doodgebore baba’s word dan daarin begrawe.
Alles wat u vir ons stuur word baie waardeer.
Ons benodig ook u gebede vir die projek en dra hiermee ook die projek op aan ons Hemelse Vader

Ons leuse vir die blad is: 2 Korintiers 9:7 “Elkeen moet gee soos hy hom in sy hart voorgeneem het, nie met teensin of uit dwang nie, want God het die blymoedige gewer lief.”
YARN BALL WINDING:

I have been considering the purchase of a ball winder in order to combine thinner yarns on the cones of donated yarn that are still in my garage. Everyone wants 3 or 4-ply weights & what was donated is much finer. A friend suggested that I try her model to see if it worked for my project. I did that and quickly decided that we all need one of our own after seeing how beautifully a variety of yarns (colours & textures) combine to make heavier yarns. I combined up to 9 strands of yarn. Most of the colours are dark / sombre, but I successfully “brightened” them with a strand or two of a lighter tone.
Here are my suggestions to help wind compact balls of yarn:
—Anchor the winder to a table so that your two hands are free. This is really important when combining multiple strands—as I have been doing.
—Position the skein of yarn or cones of yarn directly under your left hand.
—Allow the strands to glide through the fingers of your left hand. Keep the strands under a little tension. Do this for a single yarn as well.
—If you FEEL irregularities as the yarn/strands glide by, STOP & check for loops, knots, or other problem. It is much better to fix problems now, than while knitting or crocheting with that ball of yarn.
—Cut heavy paper into approx. 3” x 5” pieces. Roll and insert into the centre of completed balls of yarn. Tuck the end of the yarn into the centre.

GIFTING:

Sunday, 22 December 2013: Gifted 22 Moms, 13 premature babies and 11 new born babies.  Moms delighted with the packages for themselves and their babies.  Staff relaxed, friendly and happy.  Thank you, Mariette & Shirley for helping me at the hospital today, glad you thoroughly enjoyed the visit and I will certainly “call you up” again, soon.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributed; our packages were particularly festive today.  Once again thank you for your support!!!

Sunday, 29 December 2013:  Gifted 13 new born babies and 11 premature babies.  Moms delighted with the packs for their babies, some young new moms were tickled pink at the mini sets for their premature babies, said it looked as though they would be playing dolls, again.  Staff relaxed, friendly and happy.  The Moms and staff all wished us a Happy New Year and asked that I convey their thanks to all concerned with this project.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributed; our packages were still quite festive today.  Once again thank you for your support without your generosity and hard work this group could not exist.

Monday, 30 December 2013: Gifted a large amount of assorted clothing and some yarn to the Psychiatric Complex of the Free State (old Oranje Hospital) via Doreen Brits.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributed.  Once again thank you for your support!!!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013: Gifted to Ladysmith Hospice 44 beanies/hats for chemo patients.  Thank you to all who contributed, your support is much appreciated.

Friday, 10 January 2014: Gifted to Di’s crèche 80 vests and hats, to Daphne’s crèche via Doreen 50 vests and hats and to Janet’s crèche 40 vests and hats.  Thank you to all who contributed, your support is much appreciated.

Sunday, 12 January 2014:  Gifted 17 new born babies and 13 premature babies.  Moms delighted with the packs for their babies.  Staff relaxed, friendly, happy and helpful.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributed.  Once again thank you for your support without your generosity and hard work this group could not exist.

Monday, 13 January 2014:  Gifted a large amount of assorted clothing to Siyathemba via Gail Rozendaal.  Thank you to all whom in anyway contributed.  Once again thank you for your support!!!

Sunday, 19 January 2014: Gifted 13 premature and 8 newborn babies.  Moms delighted with the packs for their babies.  Staff relaxed, friendly, happy and helpful.  Thank you to one and all whom in anyway contributed, you support is much appreciated.

NEW LISTING:  Free State Psychiatric Complex, Bloemfontein.  Contact person is Doreen Brits at doreenbrits@worldonline.co.za.  Needs: clothes for all ages, knee rugs, toys, toiletries, etc.

BASIC NEEDS

Combs; Toothbrushes; Toothpaste; Soap for Baby & Mom; Vaseline/Barrier Cream; Face cloths/sponges for Baby & Mom; Towels Hand & Baby
Receiving Blankets; Baby Blankets; Diaper Pins; Cloth Diapers; Gowns/Sleepers/Babygros; Infant Socks/Bootees/Leggings; Hats; Sweaters/Jackets. (Preferable sizes Premature/Tiny baby/Newborn/0 to 3 months/1 -3 months). (New / very good quality second hand / handmade).  Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

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.  Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

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 babys 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.  Please help us if at all possible.  Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

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 premature 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. 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 (about 30 inches square)
Premature 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.

Please address all your post to:  The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

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, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Please add a note with your email address so that I may acknowledge your parcel.  Thank you for your support!

EARLY APPEAL FOR BABY BLANKETS!!!

With winter fast approaching we need baby blankets for the babies born at the State hospital...  these moms and their babies come mostly from informal settlements where the accommodation is probably a shack, cold, draughty and leaks.  Please help us warm these babies!  Please send your blankets, bought, knitted, crocheted, sewn, loomed, second hand good quality...  Please address all your post to: The Ruth Mailbag Group, “No Commercial Value - For Charity Only”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, Ladysmith 3370, RSA, (PLEASE USE YOUR GOOD OLD POST OFFICE!!!)  Thank you in advance for your support!

THE RUTH MAILBAG GROUP MEETINGS
1st Saturday of the month
February through November
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!!!

CONES OF YARN AVAILABLE:   If you are working on our projects and can use cones of wool, please call me to confirm my schedule so that we can arrange a mutually convenient time for you to stop by to pick up a cone or two.  Alternately attend the monthly meetings as yarn is always distributed to those who would like some to knit for our projects. There are a variety of colours, although the majority are dark / sombre colours, but mixed with a lighter colour can be quite attractive and may be used with pleasure, weights can be combined to create the required weight.   Contact me if you live in Ladysmith KZN and are interested in having some of this yarn. Contact me at joy.coetzee@gmail.com, please.  Postage is very expensive to mail these cones—sometimes more than it would cost to purchase equivalent yarn, so, I am sorry but it is not possible to mail to anybody!

REMINDER!  CHANGE OF ADDRESS, PLEASEThe Ruth Mailbag Group, “For Charity NO Retail Value”, C/o Foto First, 10 Francis Road, 3370 Ladysmith, South Africa

Thank you “Wol en Naalde” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Wolennaalde/) for running a charity challenge (https://www.facebook.com/events/347990798672477/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar&source=1) from which The Ruth Mailbag Group babies will also benefit, your support is much appreciated.
Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM, Fibre Gallery & Wol en Naalde <knit1slip1klub@gmail.com> wrote:
JANUARIE - MEI
2014
LIEFDADIGHEIDS CHALLENGE
SAAI IN DIE MÔRE, SAAI IN DIE AAND
Die Jaar van groot gebeurtenisse
Welkom aan almal!!!
Die jaar gaan ons die Challenges vir liefdadigheid VERANDER... vir verskeie redes, langer
tydperk, groter pakkies om te stuur ens...
Die jaar gaan ons dit opdeel in 2 sessies:
Sessie 1 - Januarie - Mei 2014
Sessie 2 - Julie - November 2014
Junie en Desember: Rustydperk vir pakkies om gestuur te word, en te ontvang en syfers
bymekaar te kry.
Ek het NET 5 Groepe gekies, wat nou al vir 'n hele ruk aan die gang is en wat ek ook kon
sien hoe hulle uitreik na die behoeftiges. DIE 5 GROEPE IS DUS DIE ENIGSTES WAT
OP WOL EN NAALDE EN WOL EN NAALDE (HEKEL EN BREI) MAG ADVERTEER.
1. Gerda Grobler - Maak 'n Verskil
2. Francien Allen - Hekel Brei vir liefdadigheid
3. Joy Adams Coetzee- Ruth Mailbag Group
4. Martie Nagel - Teddie Bear Toy Run
5. Marthie Labuschagne - Amor for prem, Aids and Cancer Babies
Ek vra nou vir julle, nee ek daag julle uit - kom ons help die dames om n verskil te maak in
iemand anders se lewens... kom ook in kontak met die dames en vra of julle ook kan gaan
help met die uitdeel van die goedjies. Ek is seker dat hulle dit sal waardeer.
As daar dalk 'n fout enigsens ingesluip het, sal ek almal ophoogte hou
Ek sal hier onder 'n beskrywing gee wat elkeen van die groepe benodig.
Groete Wollie1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS

Maak 'n Verskil - Gerda Grobler
GRANNY SQUARE BLOKKIES
HEKEL:
Benodighede: Double knit wol en no 4mm hekelnaald
Volg Tutorial wat gegee word, hekel 10 rye. Dit mag in
verskillende kleure gehekel word
Tutoriol:
How to crochet a granny square
BREI:
Benodighede: Double knit wol
Gebreide blokkies moet 20cm x 20cm groot wees, en in enige patroon
INSKRYWINGS KAN GEPOS WORD NA:
MERK ASB DAT DIT VIR DIE WOL EN NAALDE KOMPETISIE IS
G Grobler
Posbus 4345
THE REEDS
0158
PRYS
Die wenner van die meeste blokkies kan kies tussen Wol ter waarde van R80 of 'n Craft
boek.
GROEP OP FACEBOOK (KLIEK NET OP DIE SIMBOOL)

Hekel/Brei liefdadigheid - Francien Allen
HANDTOFFELS:
GEBREI
BENODIGHEDE
4 mm breipenne
double knit wol
PATROON
40 steke
40 rye dubbe rif ( 2 steke regs 2 steke awregs)1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=a9024809b7&view=pt&q=liefdadigheids%20challenge&str=1&search=query&th=143809189aebc274 3/9
Werk synaat toe maar laat opening vir duim
HEKEL PATROON
BENODIGHEDE
4mm Hekelpen
Dubbeldraad wol
PATROON
maak 30 ks plus 3 vir eerste lb.
hekel 14 rye lb.
Glipsteek sykant vas, los opening vir duim.
INSKRYWINGS KAN GEPOS WORD NA:
MERK ASB DAT DIT VIR DIE WOL EN NAALDE
KOMPETISIE IS
Francien Allen
Posbus 186
Sanlamhof
7532
PRYS
Die wenner van die meeste pare handtoffels kan kies tussen Wol ter waarde van R80 of 'n
Craft boek.
GROEP OP FACEBOOK (KLIEK NET OP DIE SIMBOOL)

Ruth Mailbag Group - Joy Adams Coetzee
TRUITJIES VIR PREM BABAS
Crochet:
Shell Variation Sweater
I used Baby Sport Weight Yarn
size G hook
**(Please remember that different yarns, different size hooks a
nd also depending on your tension this pattern will come out to
differe
nt sizes.)
*NOTE: The turning ch counts as a dc
Shell = 2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in same st

Sweater
Row 1.) With size G Hook, ch 41, dc in 4th ch from hook (ch counts as a dc), dc in next 4
ch, *(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch)*, dc in next 6 ch, repeat *( )*, dc in next 11 ch, repeat *(
)*, dc in next 6 ch, repeat *( )*, dc in last 6 ch. 1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=a9024809b7&view=pt&q=liefdadigheids%20challenge&str=1&search=query&th=143809189aebc274 4/9
Row 2.) Ch 2, turn, *(dc to next ch sp, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in ch sp,)* Repeat to end. ending
with dc in top of ch.
Rows 3.-5.) Repeat row 2
Row 6.) ch 2, turn, dc to ch sp, 1 dc in ch sp, Ch 6, skip sts to next ch sp, 1 dc in ch sp,
dc to next ch sp, 1 dc in ch sp, Ch 6, skip next sts to next ch sp, 1 dc in ch sp, dc to end.
( Armholes made)
Row 7.) ch 1, turn, sc across, ending with sc in top of ch. (59 sc)
Row 8.) ch 2 turn, sk 1 st, Shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next st, *(sk next 2 sts, Shell in next
st)* Repeat across ending with sk 1, dc in the last st.
Rows 9 - 14.) ch 2 turn, Shell in each ch 1 of shell across, end with 1 dc in top of turning
ch.
Row 15.) ch 1 turn, sc in same sp, *(5 dc in ch 1 sp of shell, sc between the shells)*
repeat across ending with sc in top of ch. Do not end off continue with the trim unless you
are trimming with another color.
Trim: sc up the side, 3 sc in the corner, sc across the top, 3 sc in the corner, sc down the
side. End off and weave in ends.
Sleeves
Row 1.) Attach Yarn to 3rd st back from the front on under arm, ch 2, dc in next 2 st, dc in
the end of Row. 6, dc around the arm, dc in the end of Row. 6, dc in the next 3 st, sl st in
top of ch 2. (24 dc counting the ch as a dc.)
Row 2.) Ch 2, Do Not Turn, DC in each st around, sl st in top of ch 2.
Rows 3.-9.) Repeat Row 2.
Row 10.) ch 1, Do Not Turn, sc in same sp *(Decrease sc over next 2 st, sc in next st)*,
repeat around. sl st to ch 1.
Row 11.) ch 1, Do Not Turn, sc in each st across, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in
ends.
REPEAT FOR SECOND SLEEVE. = Except attach yarn to 3rd st back from the back on
underarm.
Tie - ch 135, secure ends, weave thru Row. 1 of Sweater Yoke.
Pattern Created by: Peggy S Besco & Jessica Esterly June 18, 2010
This Pattern is created for "Gods Tiny Angels" and is to be used for Charity ONLY.
Copyright P.S. Besco & J.A. Esterly, 2010
Posted by Gods Tiny Angels at 5:29 PM
This pattern has copyright on, permission was given to us to email to everyone on
Wol en Naalde for this Charity Event

Knitting:
Knitting for pre-mature Babies/Stricken für Frühchen
Pattern
no 1: Lime coloured
cardigan (knit one
row, purl one row)
August 15, 2013 at 9:37pm
Lime coloured cardigan (knit one row, purl next
row)
Cast on 24 per front piece (knit 2 pieces)
Next 2 rows: cuff in rib stitch (*K1, P1* repeat)1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS
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Follow pattern for 34 rows (knit one row, purl next row)
Increase by 18 stitches over the next 2 rows for the sleeves
Cont with pattern for another 24 rows
Next 2 rows: decrease stitches for the neck opening by 7 stitches per front piece
Next 2 rows: decrease stitches for the neck opening by 2 stitches per front piece
Next 2 rows: decrease stitches for the neck opening by 1 stitch per front piece
Next 2 rows: decrease stitches for the neck opening by 1 stitch per front piece
Cont with pattern for another 5 rows
Next row (shoulder line): increase 22 stitches to join the 2 front pieces together
Knit the same amount of rows down till you have to cast off the sleeves
Knit the same amount of rows down till you have to do the cuff
Last 2 rows: cuff in rib stitch (*K1, P1* repeat)
Cast off
Crochet a border around all edges in either a contrasting colour or the same colour of the
cardigan
This pattern has copyright on, permission was given to us to email to everyone on
Wol en Naalde for this Charity Event
INSKRYWINGS KAN GEPOS WORD NA:
MERK ASB DAT DIT VIR DIE WOL EN NAALDE KOMPETISIE IS
The Ruth Mailbag Group
"For Charity, NO retail value"
C/o Foto First
10 Francis Road
3370 Ladysmith
South Africa
PRYS
Die wenner van die meeste Truitjies kan kies tussen Wol ter waarde van R80 of 'n Craft
boek.
GROEP OP FACEBOOK (KLIEK NET OP DIE SIMBOOL)

Teddy Bear Toy Run - Martie Nagel
Teddy Toy Run1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=a9024809b7&view=pt&q=liefdadigheids%20challenge&str=1&search=query&th=143809189aebc274 6/9
HEKEL:
Jammer ek het nog nie 'n hekel patroon op die stadium nie 8(
BREI:
BEERTJIE PATROON

Brei 2 dele
DK wol en no 5mm brei pen. Steke en rye kan dubbel gemaak word dan is hy
baie groot.


Bene (Brei 2)
Heg 12 steke aan
Brei 24 rye garter st (net plain)
Brei dan oor al 24 steke 20 rye garter st

ARMS
Heg 12 steke aan oor die volgende 2 rye (48 steke)
Brei 12 rye garter st
Oor die volgende 2 rye heg weer die 12 ste albei kante af

KOP
Brei dan 32 rye garter st
Heg af.
Werk ogies en neusie vas.
Werk vas maar los spasie op die kop oop om op te stop.
Lekker brei
Los asb genoeg wolle aan om mee toe te werk
INSKRYWINGS KAN GEPOS WORD NA:
MERK ASB DAT DIT VIR DIE WOL EN NAALDE KOMPETISIE IS
M Nagel
Bulrushstraat 15
Songloed
Klerksdorp
2573
PRYS
1ste Prys R250 vir die een met die meeste Voltooide beertjes (Opgestop
en toegewerk)
2de Prys R250 vir die een met die meeste Onvoltooide beertjes
(Onopgestop en nog nie toegewerk nie)1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=a9024809b7&view=pt&q=liefdadigheids%20challenge&str=1&search=query&th=143809189aebc274 7/9
GEEN GROEP OP FACEBOOK

Amor for prem, Aids and Cancer Babies - Marthie
Labuschagne
Baba Mussies
CROCHET:

BENODIGHEDE:

PATTERN:
CROCHET BEANIE (MARA SWANEPOEL)

Ch 4, In 4th ch from hook make 13 more dc (14dc). Slip stitch in 3rd ch.
ROUND 2 - Ch3 (count as first dc here and throughout). Dc in same stitch. *1dc in next st,
2dc in next st - repeat from * all around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain. (21dc)
ROUND3 - Ch3, dc in same st. *1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st repeat from * all
around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain. (28dc) ROUND 4 - Ch3, dc in same st. *1 dc in each of
next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st repeat from * all around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain. (35dc)
ROUND 5 - Ch3, dc in same st. *1 dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st repeat from * all
around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain. (42dc)
ROUND 6 to 8 - Ch3, 1dc in each st around. Slip stitch in 3rd chain.
Round9 and 10 - Ch3, fpdc next st, *bpdc in next st, fpdc in next st - repeat from * all
around, slip stich in 3rd ch. Cast off and weave in ends.

BREI:

BABY RIBS HAT
4ply baby wool 3.25mm needles
Cast on 52 sts
Cast on 60 sts
Cast on 68 sts1/18/2014 Gmail - LIEFDADIGHEIDS
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Knit 2, purl 2 to end of row for 10 cm; 12cm 14 cm

Decrease:
Row 1: (knit 2, knit 2 together) repeat across row.
Row 2: Purl next row
Row 3: (knit 1, knit 2 together) repeat across row.
Row 4: Purl next row
Repeat decrease rows 3 and 4 until 11 sts remain.
End - Cut yarn leaving a 14" tail.
Carefully remove stitches from needle. Run needle and yarn through remaining sts on
needle. Pull to draw shut.
Sew side seam.

INSKRYWINGS KAN GEPOS WORD NA:
MERK ASB DAT DIT VIR DIE WOL EN NAALDE KOMPETISIE IS
Marthie Labuschagne
Posbus 48449
Hercules
0030
PRYS
Die wenner van die meeste mussies kry Wol ter waarde van R160
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