Knitting for Brisbane’s Needy was started in Jan 2006 by Karen Croke from the Glass House Mountains area of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. Karen, and a couple of her friends noticed that the homeless of Queensland were getting a raw deal. “Charities have told us how much this would be appreciated as people don’t tend to donate warm clothing for Queensland’s needy as they think it doesn’t get cold enough here, but it does especially for those living on the streets in the cold and wet. They also like to be able to give some NEW items to the needy as it boosts their self confidence.” Thus started what has become a phenomenom. From those small beginnings, now over 400 members regularly contribute “new, handmade” items that go all over Queensland and beyond. Where-ever a need is perceived, K4BN is ready to help in whatever small way it can. From Beanies, Scarves and Gloves for the homeless, to burial outfits for babies born “sleeping”.
We always need knitted/crocheted items – premature baby clothes, baby clothes (including booties, beanies, jackets, mittens, blankets), children’s beanies, gloves, jumpers, scarves, TOYS, adult beanies, scarves, gloves, jumpers, blankets, also blankets/toys to go to animal refuges for mainly dogs and cats. We DESPERATELY need wool, material off-cuts (reasonable size pieces please); prepaid postage packs; couriers who would drop off/pick up donations across Queensland for free or at least, very discounted prices! Also, we are always seeking UNUSED toiletry items suitable to be put into new knitted/crocheted/sewn toiletry bags for the homeless, needy families, domestic violence shelters etc.