Friday, June 17, 2011

Warm creative offerings for Christchurch

4th June

Firstly my apologies for posting this post so late - I found it a difficult one to write. Like other kiwi's aboard it has been heartbreaking to see the continuing devastation in Christchurch, caused by mother nature.

In February I made contact with the Melbourne/Christchurch earthquake appeal. I was told that 'normal items' were needed, such as beanies - 'it was getting cold at nights' I was told. I passed this information onto Sussex Neighbourhood House, in case any of the knitting or craft groups wished to contribute to the appeal.

Claire one of our wonderful Committee of Management members overheard and unbeknown to me began knitting. With a bag of wool donated to the House she researched beanie patterns, so that no 2 were the same. I was very surprised when I received an email from the House to say that there were 15 wonderful beanies ready for me to collect.

I asked Claire if it would be ok for the CK's to create tags, cards, letters and drawings to accompany the beanies on their journey to NZ. She was delighted. So that is exactly what we did, just to say 'hey we care'!

There were a lot of love hearts.

Carefully created cards and messages. 

Some beanies were adorned, this one with hearts and lullaby's (little bows).

One by one they go into the box with a card. 

Or a letter. 

Even the box was sent with care and kindness. 
It was such a special day for me, emotional and beautiful. The energy and intent of the CK's will stay with me forever. What a great group of caring Creative Kids!!

Special thanks needs to go also to Claire. Her generosity and community spirit has touched me greatly. With the deepest gratitude Claire I thank you. 

An extra note: As happens in life arrangements change. When I received word from the House that the beanies had been created I contacted the official appeal, only to be told that it no longer operated. So, on the phone to my Mum who contacted a close relative of ours living in Chch, who is connected to schools and church. She said she would be incredibly grateful to receive our offerings and hand out to those in need. 

Our box arrived on Tuesday, to the call of many 'thank you, thank you, thank you's'.

We're thinking of you Christchurch, stay strong.

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