If you are reading my post why not see if you can help ... by either...
Making a donation OR by spreading the word.
I have been contacted by a group of volunteers on the Gold Coast that have been touched by the journey of premature birth. This was the focus of my nursing career, so is a subject close to my heart. I have seen firsthand how hard it can be for the mums to be stuck in a room at Ronald McDonald house for many months, far away from home. Dear Maree has given the ok to have a box for collections at our next Sunday Stitchers meeting 20th July. She has also graciously offered to deliver any donations to the volunteers as well. Thank you, Maree!
The group has a Facebook page that you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/
Any care package items welcome- hand made or store bought.
If you would like to help out in any way, here are a few ideas:
a stitched bag for baby keepsakes (maybe drawstring or envelope type)
nursing pads (disposable or made by you)
milk collection bags
journal for mum/nurse to write in (mums love to read msgs from the nurse about what the baby did while they were away)
fabric or knitted softies (no buttons or beads, please) or quilts
word search, Sudoku, etc...to pass the time
pre paid satchel or envelopes, gift bags, etc for the volunteers to use
new or like new prem clothes, socks, booties, hats
something to pamper mum: purse size hand gel, lotion, nail care, snacks, etc
If you make breast pads, please package them in clear bag together. Otherwise, please do not gift wrap any items as they will be sorted by the volunteers for mailing all over Australia.
One last request: if you like this idea, could you please tell a friend, or do a blog post mention? Wouldn't it be fun to surprise these generous volunteers with a nice donation box in July?!
If you don't live near Brisbane or the Gold Coast, you are welcome to post to me and I will be happy to place the item in the collection box for you. Collection Day is 20th July.
I know bloggers are a very generous group of ladies, so thank you in advance for any help with getting the word out or donations for the mums or bubs. xx Debbie