Knit­ter Nat­ters’ gifts of love warm hearts and babes

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Ni­cola Wil­liams

Knit­ted wool­lies are help­ing to keep new­borns from re­turn­ing to hospi­tal.

“Some ba­bies leave hospi­tal wrapped in dad’s tshirt be­cause they don’t have any­thing,” says Michelle Kidd from the South Auck­land Health Foun­da­tion.

Knit­ter Nat­ters is a group of vol­un­teers who pro­vide Kidz First hospi­tal with knit­ted baby clothes.

“The aim is to keep bod­ies warm and clothed,” South Auck­land Health project co­or­di­na­tor Nicki Winn says.

“One in five ba­bies born here will re­turn within their first year of life.”

Clothes are also dis­trib­uted by health work­ers in the com­mu­nity when they see a need, Ms Winn says.

Many knit­ters have be­ing con­tribut­ing for years.

Ms Kidd says couri­ers ar­rive at the hospi­tal ev­ery day with gar­ments.

“They are re­ally spe­cial be­cause love goes into them.”

Knit­ter Nat­ters meet for a chat and share pat­terns and ideas.

Most of the wool is do­nated but they of­ten buy ma­te­ri­als when sup­plies are low.

Any­one with un­used spare wool is wel­come to do­nate it, es­pe­cially at this time of year.

If you can help, con­tact the South Auck­land Health Foun­da­tion on 270-8808.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Spe­cial de­liv­ery: Mum Ver­e­naisi Bil­i­taki with two-day-old Iliesa re­ceives a woollen gift from knit­ter Anne Wil­loughby.

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