People from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato have answered a Tauranga Labour List MP’s call for knitted goodies.
A few months ago, Jan Tinetti wrote in her regular SunLive column about the #KnitforJacinda campaign which was started by a Kiwi living in the United States.
Heather McCracken suggested knitting warm clothing for babies as a way of celebrating the news that the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clark Gayford were expecting a baby.
Jan asked the people of the Bay if they would like to join the campaign to help needy babies in Tauranga.
Women around the Bay and as far away as Matamata answered the call and picked up their knitting needles and over the course of the last few months have delivered the most beautiful knitting to Jan’s Greerton office.
“There were booties, jumpers, hats, blankets and even knitted toys. One person even knitted four sets of things which included a jumper, bonnet, booties and a lovely teddy.
“These women have put so much time, effort and love into these creations and it’s just absolutely lovely. I know the Prime Minister has been really touched by the number of people gifting items in support of the campaign.”
Jan says originally she was going to gift the items to the babies at Tauranga Hospital.
“The hospital advised us that they already receive lots of knitted items from the community so we asked the Tauranga Salvation Army if they would like them and they were thrilled.
“The items will go to mums and babies in their emergency houses and I am told that their might be a few tears when they receive them. One of the knitters asked that her items go to the Te Tuinga Whanau Trust so we hand delivered those too,” says Jan.
“I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the women who donated items. Thank you on behalf of all the babies who will now be a lot warmer this winter.”
Jan says she is really looking forward to the safe arrival of Jacinda’s baby which is due this weekend.
“The Prime Minister plans to go to Fieldays in Hamiton this week, so hopefully the baby won’t come before its due date of Sunday.”