More than 1 000 toys knitted with love for PA children

IMAGINE the smiles and happy faces of 1 180 children.

Next week imagination will become reality when Wilma Jurgensen alongside Port Alfred Child Welfare’s senior social worker and manager Susan Harty will deliver 1 180 beautifully knitted teddy bears and toys to underprivileged pre-school children in the Port Alfred, Nemato and Station Hill vicinity.

SPREADING LOVE THROUGH TOYS: The soft toy knitting project has yielded 1180 of toys which will be distributed to vulnerable and disadvantaged pre-school children in the Port Alfred area next week. Enjoying the response of knitted teddy bears and toys dropped off at the royal Port Alfred Golf Club dining area are, from left-back, Erica Freem, Peggy Schuddinh, Joanne Daniel, Penny Elliott and Gwyn Crothall. In front, from left, Wilma Jurgensen, Lynne Wisener, Norma Wood, Jenny frost and Avonne Pickering Picture: LOUISE CARTER

Harty has identified 1 150 children to be recipients’ of the toys, and the surplus will be given to the trauma centre.

A toy or a teddy bear gives a child a sense of comfort even when times are tough. Some of these children may go to bed hungry, some may have difficult situations have home, but every child needs a toy they can love and what they can call their own, said Jurgensen.

The teddy bears were knitted by women of Port Alfred or who have strong ties to Port Alfred and each toy cost less than R20 to make. This year, Jurgensen said her team approached the Methodist Church, Anglican Church, Coffee Club and Minister’s Fraternal but somehow news spread and people heard about it from everywhere.

FOR THE LOVE OF CHILDREN: Wilma Jurgensen, standing, and her team of ladies started a knitting project where they requested any local women to knit a bear or a toy which can be donated to an underprivileged child in the community. Much to their amazement the team counted more than 1 000 knitted toys delivered to the collection point at the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club yesterday. Pictured with Jurgensen is Bronwyn Dorrington Picture: LOUISE CARTER

“I’m overwhelmed – 99% of people who did this never knitted a toy in their life,” Jurgensen said.

According to Jurgensen one lady in Settlers Park Retirement Village knitted 100 by herself and another more than 80 bears.

A humbled Jurgensen expressed her gratitude for all who took part in this project. “The response is overwhelming. This is not about me. This is about the women of Port Alfred who took it to heart and went crazy,” she said.


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