Babies in China to receive warm gifts

16:00, Jan 23 2014
Norfolk
COSY CLOTHES: The knitted goodies will be delivered to Chinese orphanages.

A group of resthome residents has knitted more than 130 items for abandoned babies in China in a "knitting bee".

The group was established at Norfolk Apartments in Mairangi Bay after residents heard about a Tauranga woman who has dedicated 20 years of her life to running orphanages in China.

The shelters care for unwanted babies abandoned by their parents.

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CLOSE-KNIT: The knitting bee team from Norfolk Apartments in Mairangi Bay.

Knitting group member Netta Smith says she got involved because of the babies.

"We're all together in this, we were horrified that that sort of thing can happen."

The group made bonnets, mittens, cardigans, booties, blankets and "fish and chip" jumpers.

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The name stems from when newborns are wrapped in newspaper because there are no clothes for them.

Mrs Smith says everyone enjoys getting together.

"Some people will come to the knitting group and just join in the conversation."

The knitting will be delivered to China later this year.

North Shore Times