Wool inspires her to give more

2017-10-17 06:00
Josephine Alexander from Salt River knits and donates beanies and socks for underprivileged babies, but needs more wool to continue. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Josephine Alexander from Salt River knits and donates beanies and socks for underprivileged babies, but needs more wool to continue. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Josephine Alexander from Salt River needs donations of wool to continue knitting for babies.

She knits beanies and socks for premature and other newborn babies and donates these items to two hospitals in the southern suburbs. She helps local charities as well.

She is currently focusing on knitting beanies, booties and blankets for an organisation based in Bellville.

She says she started knitting when she lost her job in 2010.

“At first I was doing it to pass time and wanted to help needy people in the street, but the love grew and I realised I could make a difference in the lives of many people. I approached Groote Schuur and they liked the idea and I started donating to them. Then I heard about the Mowbray Maternity Hospital and my friend helped me deliver beanies.

“It gives me such pleasure to know you have helped someone out there. But now the wool has become too expensive and I cannot afford to knit as much as I would like to.”

Alexander is unemployed, looks after her pensioned father and helps babysit her cousin’s granddaughter.

She says she believes babies do not choose to be born or who their parents are, so if the parents cannot afford to give them everything they need, the community can join hands and give the little they can. She has never sold her beanies.

“The more wool I have, the more inspired I become. I would accept money if the person does not have time to buy the wool,” says ­Alexander.

Fellow resident Elena Fedele says: “I met her last year while doing my campaign for the homeless and she donated many knitted beanies. These days I donate wool to her and tell her she can give the finished beanies to whomever she wishes. She gave me 150 beanies a few weeks ago which I donated to a ward councillor for his constituents.”V For more information call Josephine Alexander on 083 637 9906. Wool donations can be dropped off at 19 Coleridge Street.

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