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« on: February 21, 2007 05:09:15 PM »

Many of the sites on the net have suggestions of  great things to knit for charity, but a lot of them don't really apply to NZ conditions, or are for overseas charities which would involve horrendous postage costs.

Does anyone know of NZ charities that need knitted articles?  Our local old folks home is swamped in afghans, and I already supply the local school with slippers for the junior classes in the winter, so I'm looking for some different ideas.

Particularly, do hospitals here take things for prem babies? Or stoma covers, or other things like that?  Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007 10:32:55 PM »

I would try ringing the hospital, and also I know around here (bay of plenty) the womens refuge is always keen for dontations heading into winter.
Sorry i'm not much more help!

« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2007 01:42:47 PM »

Thanks for replying Toast.  I did some knitting for a Women's Refuge one year, but got the impression that they were inundated with stuff & not too interested in getting more ( it was not the Bay of Plenty shelter!)

What sort of things does your shelter like to get?

Re the hospitals... I live in quite a remote area and any call to a hospital is a toll call, so I  posted on here hoping some other crafty person might have already explored the options and I could pick his/her brains & save the toll costs (I'd rather spend the money on wool!)

Anyway, thanks for your help! Much appreciated!
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007 05:26:15 PM »


I work at the hospital here in Hastings, Hawke's Bay so will ask and get back to you

« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007 07:01:52 PM »

Thanks Jennie... that would be great.
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2007 04:24:15 PM »

What about Salvation Armys, or Presbyterian Supports or things like that... or blankies for the spca shelters Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2007 08:12:12 PM »

Im sure SPCAS would appreciate acrylic knitted blankets! I used to make polar fleece blankies for the cats that they could chuck in the drier... I know they were well used but unfortunately got burnt in the fire last year! boo!

« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007 06:38:41 PM »

I volunteer at a Dementia Day Care, and I am sure that some of the people here (and especially their families) would love blankets/scarves etc.

I got to Canterbury Uni and there is a food bank here for when times get tough for students...I would say consider certain students freezing to death in an unheated flat in Chch or Dunedin! They would be super-grateful for a hat etc.

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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2007 03:15:49 PM »

I've just started making stuff for http://www.afghansforafghans.org/ - if anyone else is interested in getting involved in this (the next shipment is due in Feb, but is all newborn gear so quick to make) let me know, as I could work as a central point for shipment and help save on postage costs. A4A only take stuff made from wool as they need it to be as warm as possible, so I'm thinking of contacting the local SPCA and seeing if they need acrylic blankies for the animals, then I can use up all the acrylic in my stash as well!

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