Keep­ing new­borns warm with knit-kits

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TA­MARA THORN Preg­nancy Help Taupo¯ is launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive for those that love to knit.

Woollen items are al­ways pop­u­lar when it comes to staving off the win­ter chills.

With this in mind Preg­nancy Help Taupo¯ is launch­ing a new pro­gramme to en­cour­age peo­ple to knit for new­born and pre­ma­ture ba­bies, to keep them warm.

Vol­un­teer Deb­bie Hamil­ton said in the last month 1185 items have been given out, with the ma­jor­ity of those be­ing woollen.

She said with de­mand for woollen cloth­ing in­creas­ing it was only log­i­cal to start ‘knitk­its’, a kit pro­vid­ing wool and pat­terns for peo­ple to make.

‘‘We are pro­vided with wool and a pat­tern or you can use your own,’’ said Hamil­ton.

‘‘There is no limit as to how many kits you can do...it’s all to keep our ba­bies warm.’’

With this new ini­tia­tive knit­ters can knit at no cost and also give back to the com­mu­nity by help­ing sup­ply items for the Preg­nancy Help parcels.

‘‘We hope that these kits en­cour­age more peo­ple to knit be­cause it is not go­ing to cost them,’’ she said.

Hamil­ton said the ini­tia­tive would start on June 18 in con­junc­tion with Vol­un­teers Week.

‘‘Vol­un­teers Week is com­ing up and it’s cool to recog­nise it at this time of year...with­out vol­un­teers none of this would be pos­si­ble.’’

Every week Preg­nancy Help vol­un­teers are putting to­gether a min­i­mum of 10 parcels for fam­i­lies, some­thing Hamil­ton ex­pects will grow over win­ter.

‘‘We love adding knit­ted items to the parcels as it gives a hand­made touch that you oth­er­wise wouldn’t get,’’ she said.

Hamil­ton said the wool has been pur­chased through do­na­tion from the Lions Foun­da­tion and with­out do­na­tions the or­gan­i­sa­tion would not func­tion.

TA­MARA THORN/STUFF

Preg­nancy Help vol­un­teers Deb­bie Hamil­ton and Jeanette Kirikau with twoyear-old Harper Hamil­ton.

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