Rain­bow feet for chil­dren

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - MIRI SCHROETER

More than 500 slip­pers, jer­seys and bean­ies were sent from Toko­maru to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to help keep kids warm in win­ter.

Among keen Toko­maru knit­ters was re­tiree Jan Green, who made more than 200 ‘‘rain­bow’’ slip­pers.

‘‘The kids just love the colours,’’ she said.

Known as Nana Jan, Green also gives back to the com­mu­nity by do­nat­ing to the Sal­va­tion Army and early child­hood cen­tres.

Con­stantly on the hunt for ma­te­ri­als, Green searched sec- ond­hand shops and re­ceived do­nated wool to make the slip­pers.

The cost of mak­ing the socks doesn’t bother me, as long as they end up at a good home, she said.

‘‘I try to get them where they are needed.

‘‘I want to get them to kids’ feet at no cost,’’ Green said.

The Toko­maru Early Child­hood Cen­tre re­cently re­ceived a pair of slip­pers for each of its 26 chil­dren.

Head teacher Jane Craig said it was a nice gesture and worked well with plans to make the build­ing a shoe-free zone.

The slip­pers would be kept at the cen­tre un­til next win­ter, when a new lot of lit­tle feet could use them,Craig said.

Child­hood cen­tre staff and par­ents do­nated more wool to Green, so she could carry on knit­ting the colour­ful slip­pers.

‘‘She’s a lovely lo­cal who loves to help,’’ Craig said.

Toko­maru res­i­dent, Esma Steven­son, knit­ted 30 jer­seys for Bangladeshi chil­dren, each tak­ing al­most two weeks.

‘‘I want to get them to kids' feet at no cost.’’

Jan Green knit­ted 200 pairs of slip­pers in a year - for chil­dren in Bangladesh.

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