Well its almost Christmas and we have extreme heat, fires 50 km away and Canberra is working under a cloud of smoke. Our Rural Fire Service is fighting the fires and like the heroes they are, they are exhausted. This led me to take the step to offer support through SHOUT (my paid job) and become a drop off point for donations to assist them in their work. We have been proud to support Convoy Missions Australia and assist them.
At times like these I also wonder about the wildlife and know there are so many critters injured who need help so I have roped in hubby and we have been sewing pouches for injured wildlife. We sent off 50 the other day and should have another 50 this week. So many volunteers doing great things.
I have decided to run a wildlife pouch sewing morning at SHOUT in Canberra for anyone who is interested – if you can’t sew – we have cutting and ironing and packing to do! Kids over 8 are welcome to get involved – it is simple stuff!! Please think of us and bring those old sheets, pillowcases and flannelette (fabric or sheets) … there will be patterns to take home too.
Wildlife Pouch Sewing Day
- SHOUT Meeting Room – Pearce Community Centre, Pearce
- Saturday January 4th
- Time 10.30 to 1.30
- Bring machine or overlocker and thread
- fabric or sheets if you have them
Tanzania has finally received clothing and cards – it has been a mammoth effort and when we were finally due to get them released – customs held on to them for 3 more weeks, despite payment – very frustrating. But the photos …. they make your heart melt!!
I have been looking for ways to assist the Australian Community for some time – and many of you know how frustrating this has been. I would love a great contact for our indigenous people but it has been really quite difficult to get any traction at all! But I finally have three amazing organisations that we are now donating too!
Drought Angels – accept our clothing as they need it – and love it!
Kids in Care in Canberra – were thrilled to get clothing for the 104 kids in care this Christmas – to make it brighter (and well dressed)
Roundabout Canberra – which accepts pre-loved clothing in great condition – and we give them our sewn clothing as they need it. Roundabout also donated sheets and pillow cases to our wildlife pouches production!!
Our stats this year are amazing and this is a testament to the needs of the community and the world – we are grateful to be part of this amazing journey to assist where we can.
- Dresses 834
- Short and t shirt sets 402
- Days for Girls kits 1014
- Countless other items : toothbrushes, pencils, balls, bras, soaps and tooth paste
So as we come to the Christmas Season – I would like to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a safe New Year. Thank you for all you do and as importantly for who you are – without you there wouldn’t be us! And we together make a difference to the world.