Baby beanies on journey to Japan

NEEDLES down, knitters – the Beanies for Babies project has come to an end slightly quicker than anticipated.

Upon receiving nearly 40 kilograms of knitted and crocheted beanies, jumpers and blankets, Beanies for Babies co-ordinator Danielle Deefholts (yes, she is my wife so I better make this good) received a second email from the initial planned recipient of the woollies – Second Harvest, Japan.

Though the first email welcomed the donation, the second one explained the developing situation.

“I am most sorry to send you this message, but since I last wrote you I have been informed that the evacuation centres are not able to distribute clothing, including hats. They have their hands full with the distribution of food and other supplies. Please forgive me for giving you contradictory information,” wrote Ruby Sakuma from Second Harvest.

The woollies will now be sent to the Tokyo office of Red Cross, which will distribute the items as needed.

Australia Post, thanks to some smooth talking from the Grafton branch to head office, has now come on board and has offered to post the beanies for free.

The three boxes of items will be posted today.

The Examiner, which had previously agreed to pay for the postage, will now donate $200 to the Red Cross instead.

Post offices throughout Australia are collecting monetary donations on behalf of the Red Cross.

“I'm blown away by the level of support this project has received,” Danielle said. “It makes me feel good knowing there are so many people who are willing to put their crafty skills to such a good cause.

“I have been to Japan three times and I know how much they will appreciate these gifts, they have a culture of gift-giving.

“Sorry to anyone in the middle of making something.”

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