Winter is upon us and industrious members of the Omokoroa Premi Knits group are ensuring our littlest citizens are being kept warm.
The group, that features about 10 regulars, has been knitting (sometimes crocheting) pint-sized singlets, booties, bonnets, blankets and teddies, for many years. All are destined for the special-care babies’ unit at mainly Tauranga Hospital, but sometimes they also find premature babies within Waikato and Whakatane Hospital wards.
Inaugural members Marie Holden and Wendy Fox think the group has knitted at least 3,000 premature baby garments.
The project has received financial backing over the years from Legacy Trust – to the equivalent of about $5,000 since 2013. The latest $1,000 was received just recently.
Marie says the group is delighted its application to Legacy Trust was once again successful.
“Wool is so expensive so we wouldn’t be able to do anywhere near as much good without that funding from Legacy,” she says.
All profits from Legacy Funerals are distributed back into the community via Legacy Trust – Omokoroa Premi Knits is but one of many recipients.