Rainbow feet for children
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.