Harcourts Pukekohe & Warming Hearts17 Oct 2019

As midwives, Sara and Amber witness on a daily basis the true struggle families face in trying to provide adequate warm clothing and bedding for their newest family members. Babies are leaving hospital unclothed, with no bed to safely sleep in and often living in damp, cold, substandard housing.

Surely there had to be a way to provide warmth directly to these babies? No agencies, no restrictions, easy access relief to these babies and their families.
So the two girls and their marketing friend Victoria, got to thinking... what if theycould collect and collate pre-loved and new baby items from people across Auckland, create bundles of warmth and pass these to midwives to distribute to babies as the need presented?
And so Warming Hearts NZ begun.

Their bundles are focused heavily on warmth. Merino, wool and cotton - fabrics which allow babies to regulate body temperature and stay warm despite their living conditions. Garments that are not deemed affordable or accessible to many of these families.

Warming Hearts NZ has so far delivered bundles throughout the community for two years, recently becoming registered as an official NZ charity. They want to increase their impact, raise awareness and believe that together we can make a difference.

Follow their website. I read this just last week. Probably some of our lovely Franklin donations were in those bags. We receive the most beautiful things to pass on to little babies in Auckland and then sometimes we also receive the most beautiful feedback... it is such a privilege for us to be able to do this.

We received a beautiful letter from one of the social workers who passed bundles onto the families she works with. We want to share this with you because Warming Hearts exists because of all of you, so these words of thanks are for you too. “From my heart and the heart of my families, I would like to thank you on behalf of myself, the Social Worker from Family Success Matters and the families I care for.

My two families received the bags of wonderful things for their new born babies and I was moved to tears when my families were both in tears themselves upon receiving them.

I told my families who you are and the things you do for people struggling. They were so touched and moved by what you do and even more so when they saw the beautiful clothes and those made by wonderful hands.

I have no words to show my utmost appreciation for the gifts and hard work that is done by wonderful, big-hearted people, except to say THANK YOU.
Kia Aroha Tino Nui Kia Korua me to roopu katoa”

So to all of you who donate their time, clothing, bedding and take the time to knit these beautiful things...you make a difference.

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference” - Winnie the Pooh