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For an inspiring story of how a grassroots organisation can spark a great idea for helping the community, there’s no going past this Hamilton based group.
“It started when my sister, a midwife at Waikato Hospital, asked me if I had some spare baby clothes to give to a lady who was returning home with nothing to dress her baby with,” recalled Sharon Dunn, Founder of Ignite Baby Clothing Library.
With funding from The Tindall Foundation through its Faith Funding Manager, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Sharon has been able to purchase baby clothes and wool, plus shelves for storage. Margaret Amos, a dedicated volunteer, has knitted the wool into hundreds of baby garments.
In 2011, its first year, Ignite provided 30 parcels of baby clothes. The following year that was up to 8 parcels a month – many to mothers with premature babies and twins. “No mother expects to have her child early and this can put a lot of strain on families, so it is great to have clothes for premature babies,” Dunn said.
Families come from all over the Waikato region. Once their babies have grown, they arrange to exchange them for the next size up – providing the mothers with social interaction at the same time.
For more information contact:
Sharon Dunn, Founder
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