Knitted and crocheted garments are always so much in demand and there are a number of charities in Australia who would be very happy to receive them.
Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW
Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW is a charity keen to receive fingerless gloves for people who have poor circulation and have problems keeping their hands warm while still having the use of their fingers. They are also currently asking for knitted trauma teddies and the pattern is available here.
6,000 children in NSW live with arthritis. The gloves and teddies can be sent to Locked Bag 2216, North Ryde, NSW 1670
Department of Defence
The DoD have been in contact with the Guild to say that they do NOT need any more knitted skull caps. They ask that no more be sent to them.
ausEE - A charity dedicated to improving lives affected by eosinophilic disorders
We are a registered Australian charity. Our mission is to improve the lives of those affected by eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders by providing support and information, and to campaign and raise funds for further research in Australia.
Treasurer ausEE Inc.
DRUG ARM Australasia
DRUG ARM Australasia is looking for beanies and skull caps to distribute when they operate their Street Outreach van on Friday and Saturday nights from Liverpool to Parramatta and Mt Druitt. The organisation services the homeless, young people at risk and individuals affected by drug and alcohol misuse by providing them with hot drinks, soup and noodles. They would love to be able to also give them a warm hat.
MISSIONBEAT in Sydney
STEWART HOUSE, Sydney Northern Beaches
Money. Knitted items such as beanies, caps, bed socks, jumpers, cardigans, scarves, rugs. Stewart House does not receive government funding and receives most financial support from the NSW Teachers' Federation, as well as public donations. More information can be found on the Stewart House website.
Cromehurst School, Lindfield
Rugs and caps.
Quest for Life Foundation
The Quest for Life Foundation (founded by Petrea King) provides residential programs for vulnerable people living with cancer or suffering grief, trauma, past abuse or depression. The programs are held in chilly Bundanoon (Southern Highlands, NSW). They would love to provide all participants with a gift to take home of bed socks, mittens, scarf, beanie or knee rug. They don’t have any special requirements other than they are men and women over 18. They do have an affinity with rainbows and people always love anything rainbow on the programs. Many thanks in advance!
WIRES - Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation
Possum and macropod pouches. You can download the patterns here (PDF file).
NATF - Native Animal Trust Fund
Based in Newcastle NSW, like WIRES, it too is looking for knitted pouches to help rear sick and orphaned possums and joeys.
Please contact Charlene Price on 0417 426 124
Instructions for making their pouches can be downloaded here (PDF file)
Royal Hospital for Women
The Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick can no longer use premmie baby beanies as "modern equipment used provides such a highly controlled environment that there is little need for any knitted items".
They are now asking people to continue for another worthy cause, the Malabar Midwives Service. They "provide much needed support to new and disadvantaged Aboriginal mothers and would be very grateful for any knitted items provided, preferably in their combined symbolic colours of red, yellow and black. The sizes would need to be suitable for normal weight and older babies".
Any of the above items can still be posted to the hospital and they will ensure they are passed on to the Malabar Midwives.
Thank you to Michelle Raymond for this update.
Yasminah's Gift of Hope
A registered not-for-profit charity. It provides support and a Gift of Hope to families who experience miscarriage, premature birth, neo-natal loss, stillbirth or infant loss of their child. The Gift is a hand decorated journal as pictured here. It is given via hospitals, medical centres, funeral homes and palliative care facilities. Gifts can include knitted or hand sewn garments to provide families with a lovingly made keepsake that their baby has been able to wear, such as beanies, bootees, blankets and clothing (in premature sizes as well).
If you would like to know more their web site is : www.ygoh.org.au