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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.

Please, browse through the following list, I’m sure you will find a government hospital near you to support:

Monday, 8 February 2016



After discussion it was resolved that the conveners would independently continue with their work for the various outreaches, see below for contact persons:

Psychiatric Hospital at Bloemfontein – Doreen Brits at
Ikhaya Lethu at Colenso – Gail Rozendaal at
Môrester Children’s Home – Judy Maccarone (telephone number on request)
Walton Street Clinic – Gil Richmond at

GROUPS – Please continue to support these groups

Beanies And Blankets For Babies - We knit, crochet, sew and donate items to babies and moms in King Dinuzulu and Murchison Hospitals, KZN, larger sizes go to Creighton, southern Drakensberg

Bowlers 4 Babies – We aim to make up gift packs to give to the new mothers at the local Provincial hospitals.  Inspired by The Ruth Mailbag Group and Joy Coetzee

Amor Group works for the babies born at Steve Biko in Pretoria

Ten Thousand Blocks for Amor works for the Amor Group

Bertha Gxowa Hospital - Address for donations: Maternity Ward, Cnr. Angus & Joubert Street, Germiston.  Postal: Private Bag X1035, Germiston, 1400 South Africa.  Name of staff liaison person: Mrs N J Korong.  Telephone number of staff liaison person: (011) 089-8500 Ext 1244.  Fax: (011) 825-5425.  Email:  Needs: Kangaroo Abbas, vests, jerseys, booties, hats (prems and full term new-borns).  General: Receiving blankets.  Contact person is Alison Beattie at

Morag Macneill Van Deventer lives at Fordmouth, Baynesfield and works for various charities e.g. Nels Rust School, mums in Edendale Kangaroo Mother Care unit. Edendale Burns Unit (Burns Care Trust), Mahagu children, etc.  She calls her charity group, "Kuvela Orhandweni". Please visit her page at for more information.

I have been asked to keep sharing posts from all the groups who belong to our network. The groups think that way they will still feel as though they are part of something bigger than just their own groups –

POSTAL INSTRUCTIONS - When posting items to the groups, please, follow these guidelines carefully –
ADDRESS LABEL CHANGE - the new message needs to read: BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. The label needs to be added to the front of the parcel. Please write a value of '0' or '1' at the most on the customs ticket.
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 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 buy postal bags with an inner plastic coating to keep them moisture proof. Tape your parcels well.
POSTAL ADDRESS: Please visit the group of your choice on Facebook for information.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Please add a note with your email address so that they may acknowledge your parcel.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Happy charity crafting!!!
Joy Coetzee – Founder
The Ruth Mailbag Group

Fax 086 516 4618