Topics:  children, hospital, kids, red cross, teddies, volunteers

Teddies light up kids faces

Red Cross Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga Blood Service and C.ex Group staff proudly show off their Trauma Teddys.
Red Cross Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga Blood Service and C.ex Group staff proudly show off their Trauma Teddys. Rob Wright

IT'S a simple skill to learn and in this case it's a skill that is putting a smile on the faces of those who need it the most.

Volunteers from Red Cross Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga Blood Service and CEX Group Staff have been knitting Trauma Teddy's that are given to traumatised children.

Especially those who are in hospital and need some extra love and reassurance.

Deb Southgate is the manager of the Red Cross store in Coffs Harbour and she said that the hand-made knitted teddy bears were a breath of fresh air that lit up the faces of children who received them.

Over the years, Red Cross emergency service volunteers have handed out tens of thousands of these little, hand-knitted toys around the country.

"There's kids who have been in car accidents and the like who really need some extra attention and these bears help to do that," she said.

Mrs Southgate added that there's always room for some more.

She's proposing that a special day be made where volunteers try to set a record to make as many bears as possible.

On Saturday, May 26 the dedicated Red Cross staff members would love to see as many knitting needles as possible working feverishly to produce more bears at the store on Harbour Dr for those who need them the most.

"We'll even run some lessons for those who don't know how to knit because it's such an easy thing to learn," Mrs Southgate said.

"The more the merrier."



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