Help for northern Japan's children

AS the world reels from yet another catastrophe, armies of good Samaritans are spurred into action.

Such is the case for a small group of local women who have pledged their skills towards making "beanies for babies".

Led by my gorgeous wife Danielle (nepotism acknowledged) and her friend Reece Lancaster, the women are calling on anyone who can crochet or knit to put their needles to good work for the cold children of northern Japan who have been left with nothing in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear fallout in recent days.

"I just couldn’t bare to think of those children that would be freezing over there with no homes and no power," said Danielle, who has been a big fan of everything Japanese for much of her life.

She tried finding a conduit for her woolies through the usual sources, the Red Cross and Salvation Army yesterday, but no-one seemed able to help – instead requesting only monetary donations.

A bit of Googling and Danielle came across Second Harvest – an established charity organisation which collects tinned food for low-income families.

But Danielle said she would further investigate where to send the beanies with her Japanese-raised sister-in-law Kayo who lives in Grafton.

Beanies can be dropped into boxes at the Discount Drug Store in Grafton Mall or The Daily Examiner’s Grafton or Yamba offices.

The Daily Examiner has come on board with the project, and general manager Judy Lewis has agreed to pay for postage of the beanies to the relevant Japanese charity.

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