Region takes up calls for blankets
Piles of donated blankets and bags of wool are warming the hearts of those promoting the From Hardship to Hope campaign being run by the Taranaki Health Foundation.
‘‘We are extremely thrilled with the community’s generosity,’’ said foundation general manager Bry Kopu. ’’It brings me to tears when I think about people from all over the region showing their kindness and using their talents for the benefit of families that are less fortunate than themselves.’’
In June, the foundation asked people to knit or crochet blankets, edge cut-up good quality woollen blankets or donate wool or money to buy Pe¯ pi Pods and traditional woven flax wahakura, plus mattresses.
The life-saving pods enable babies to sleep safely in their own space. Safe bedding, including pure cotton sheets and pure-wool blankets are given out with each Pe¯pi Pod or wahakura and people have been busy using their crafty talents to make the covers.
‘‘The response is absolutely amazing,’’ says Pe¯pi Pods coordinator and safe sleep champion Beki Madden. ‘‘All these donations are going to enable the programme to carry on. It’s heartwarming to know that people really care this much.’’
People have not only knitted and crocheted blankets; they have cut up lovely old woollen blankets and edged them with attractive borders or blanket stitch.
Many of the blankets have been made by a women’s group called Crafty Yarners, who meet every Friday in New Plymouth.
In Hawera, Gabriele’s Alterations has been giving a small discount on wool being bought to make blankets and has been asking people to donate a skein of wool and even bring in unused balls from home.
‘‘As long as it’s 100% wool we don’t mind where it’s coming from,’’ says owner Gabriele Milse.
Taranaki Base Hospital meet and greet volunteer Mitty Grant has also been busy. She has crocheted three blankets, has a further two on the go and has taken wool for another.
Kopu says that wool, blankets and money donations for Pe¯pi Pods, wahakura and mattresses are still needed. ‘‘It will be ongoing but this gives the region a really good start.
For more information go to www.taranakihealthfoundation.org.nz or phone Bry Kopu on phone 06 753 8688.
With just some of the wool and blankets donated for at-risk families are, from left, Mitty Grant, Bry Kopu, Beki Madden and Viv Lewis.