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"Bless-A-Baby" Drop Off
On Valentines Day, 2019 I was very fortunate to be able to drop off our wonderful baby knits and crocheted baby blankets, generously supplied by our parishioners at the "Bless-A-Baby" outlet at the El Shaddai Christain Church in Cape Town, South Africa. We were received with great warmth and gratitude as we were shown around their outlet as knits were catalogued, packaged ready for distribution to 8 local hospitals - impacting one mother and one baby at a time. These moms are facing very difficult home circumstances and are in need all the help, support and assistance from enterprises, like "Bless-A-Baby", whose main initiative is to give each Mom an "bag-of-hope" filled with a variety items (new baby knits, blankets, nappies, booties, knitted toys etc) to ease their transition back home on their discharge from the hospitals.
Bless-A-Baby was started in 2002 when "we heard about babies leaving a local hospital without necessities like nappies, clothing or basic toiletries - even to the point of a baby going home in a plastic shopping bag! So a group of ladies in our congregation (El Shaddai Christian Church) rose to the challenge and we began sewing beautiful nappy bags and filling them with the essentials." (taken from website, for more information please visit their website
Personally I was very impressed by the obvious joy amongst the volunteers, it was so easy to see this was something they all embraced deep within their hearts.
Submitted by Cheryl Broodryk

First drop off: Katherine, of "Bless-A-Baby" Friday 23/02/2018, Cape Town, South Africa

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