Knitted Teddy Bear Drive

Little Oaks holds an annual ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ in Spring for children up to the age of 6 years. As a community project linked to this, we donate knitted teddies to the ‘BABIES in NEED’ charity, run by dedicated volunteers at the Knysna Provincial Hospital. Each year we donate around 100 beautiful woollen teddy bears, knitted with love, each one unique in every possible way!

While we always appeal to Little Oaks families and extended family members and friends we are often reminded by ‘past parents’ that they would happily knit teddies too, and therefore we have decided to ask our Oakhill community to get knitting through the cold winter holiday! The pattern is extremely easy and yet no two bears have ever been the same! If you don’t already have the pattern, you can download it here. Please note that as these are for babies, all details and embellishments must be knitted on or embroidered as for safety reasons there must be no loose parts such as beads or buttons.

If you are not able to knit teddy bears, we would be very grateful for any donations of balls of wool or stuffing for the bears as we have a number of avid knitters who are needing wool. Please drop wool donations in the baskets either at the entrance to Little Oaks or at the main Reception.

The teddy bears will be handed over by the children to Mary-Anne Jefferies and Mary-Anne Farnham from ‘Babies-in-Need’ in the second week of Term 4. We look forward to handing over a record number of teddy bears this year!

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