Emergency wait put to good use

Influx of hospital donations after article

Last updated 05:00 26/03/2014
Karen O’Connell
KNITTING GOOD TIME: Timaru Hospital emergency department receptionist Karen O’Connell with some of the donated items, including crotcheted blankets.

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Timaru Hospital's emergency department staff are grateful for donations from the public for their knitting crusade.

An article in the Timaru Herald (March 11) told of the wool supplied for people in the department's waiting area to knit blanket squares for babies being brought up in poverty.

ED receptionist Karen O'Connell said this sparked an influx of donations.

She said a variety of items have been donated including wool, knitting needles, hats, blankets, wool squares and patterns.

"One husband also donated all of his deceased wife's wool that was no longer going to be used. That was touching," Mrs O'Connell said.

She said the staff were blown away by what they had received as they had not asked for it.

"A lot of the elderly are grateful to keep their hands busy doing something," she said.

However there were still plenty of people coming through the department who were putting their time to good use, so they were going through the wool quickly.

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- The Timaru Herald


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