I think that both these organisations got the idea of handing out blankets (and making them this way) after getting donations from KAS. Nice to see it spreading and growing.
Totally agree, Joan...spreading the love with books AND warmth.
What a gorgeous pic.
Mini-report from Ronda
I have gathered some items together for Hotel Hope.
You will remember Oliver, I am sure ? He has been doing the most wonderful
job of work amongst teeny new born babies (many of their mothers only 12 and
13 years old) in Alexandra Township which is close to Sandton (one of our
most affluent areas) and is home to people from all over Africa, so it is a
wild, violent place with xenophobic issues rising up fairly often and not a
place to visit unless you have an Alexandran resident sitting right beside
Anyway, Oliver was in touch recently and asked whether we could get together 20
blankets for the babies and some beanies for them AND their carers too -
which I have done. I also bought nappies and thought he may be able to use
some of Ute Sadler's amazing ex-uniform tops, so put together some of the
smallest sizes in the hopes that they will be helpful. Also, we have been
receiving quilted blankets from an OLD friend of mine who used to live in
Zimbabwe and emigrated to UK about 25 years ago ... she makes them with a
woollen blanket inside each one, so they are warm but rather heavy. I felt
Hotel Hope could make better use of them, so included them in the pile.
Oliver has made the odd generous donation to KAS, and we are old friends (I
did his bookkeeping on a pro bono basis when he was FIRST starting out,
before the little ones started coming in. Sadly KAS became too busy for me
to continue.) He serves a very underprivileged section of the population.
How marvelous that you two friends are still in touch and we're able to help him too. He does marvelous work, I keep track of Hotel Hope on FaceBook. These are great blankets. I remember Ute talking about all the uniform tops she got given and washing them all up before sending them off. I do think they'll be lovely and warm for frosty days and nights. The quilts look amazing. That was my Mum's favorite trick too...never throw away worn out blankets just use them inside quilts for extra weight and warmth. It always works. Love the photos!
Beautiful work for a very great cause. Hope to hear more.
How lovely. I follow Hotel Hope on FB and admire so much what they do , not only for the babies, but also for those poor very young mothers.
Yes, I remember Oliver and Hotel Hope from many years ago when Ronda had an appeal for disposable nappies for the babies in his care. What a fabulous man...so pleased they still keep in touch and that Ronda was able to assist once again.
Ronda's friend makes beautiful quilts.
It is lovely to hear about Hotel Hope again and Oliver. I am so pleased they are getting those gorgeous blankets.
Thank you for this great report. Occasionally when on op shop sorting duties we get odd bags of knitting with unfinished baby jackets/ jumpers. I take them home and finish them off and pop in my KAS parcels. They are infrequent but I think KAS will find an outlet in need of them.
That's great, Sue. :))