Knitter Natters’ gifts of love warm hearts and babes
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.
Special delivery: Mum Verenaisi Bilitaki with two-day-old Iliesa receives a woollen gift from knitter Anne Willoughby.