Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Softies for the children of Christchurch

                                      

Lets join our hands and our hearts and make a special softie (handmade soft toy) to be loved by a child who has been affected by the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Leave a comment below with your email address and we'll coordinate getting these special toys to their new owners.

Anyone in NZ or around the world is welcome to contribute, maybe you'd like to include a little note of encouragement and love with your softie.

* update : sewn, knitted, crocheted toys for babies, toddlers, and children of any age would be most appreciated!!
I will send out an email in a day or two with the posting details etc.

Please pass this button on and pop it on your side bar so we can share the love.

YOU GUYS ROCK!!

167 comments:

The South African Kiwis said...

LOVE this idea!

PaisleyJade said...

Totally keen. Have one ready to go. xoxo

Megan said...

I'm in Leonie, will add your button to my blog now :)
megan@mousehouse.co.nz

Lesa said...

I can do this. Can you send me an address to ship the softies? Along with customs info/tips so you don't have to carry that bit?

tartankiwi said...

I'm in! and am based just outside Chch, so if you need a hand, I'll do what I can...

Michelle said...

I would love to help shellcryns at clear dot net

Lisa said...

Im in too :)Im in Western Australia

a.perrin said...

Hi 3 cut out already. Big hugs to all in need of one.

Little Sabine said...

Ohh yeap i can make one to send down, what a good idea!

Aspiring Mum said...

My prayers & thoughts are with your country at this time. I've just posted a link to this wonderful idea on my facebook page. Hopefully you'll be able to bring smiles to many children :)

Cotton Kiwi said...

Count me in.

Leonie said...

aw... you guys ROCK!!! keep them coming!

Tessa said...

Love too! Any thing in particular or just make something...

The Clip Cafe said...

theclipcafe@yahoo.com.au :-)

FaerySarah said...

I'm in :-)

Sarah Lowrey said...

I started a charity last year called Sew It Forward, and have just reached out to all my donators asking specifically for things that can be made into softies, so will hopefully have quite a few to send on. Will keep in touch for sure. my charity web site is www.sewitforward.co.cc if you'd like to check it out. Have also reached out to all my Face Book followers for help. Pay it Forward is my Face Book page.

Blendy (Belinda Too) said...

i'm in too :)

Little Sabine said...

DUH...ali_kimber at hotmail dot com ;D

genevieve said...

I don't sew but I have a crocheted toy I can give if that's ok?

pawspurls@xtra.co.nz

emerson-j said...

heya, i cant sew but am happy to donate some crochet rattles, toddlers like them too not just small babies... so count me in!
leegrant@xtra.co.nz

Jennie said...

hi there, I have made a couple of monster softies before and would be glad to make some.

jennie_beach@hotmail.com

Janine said...

Please contact me to janine.mummmymoo@gmail.com I can sew a bit and def knit!

PaisleyJade said...

So excited - you all rock!!!

Annie B said...

I am in & can rally more people to help as well. Let me know the details - I am in Auckland. Email address on my blog.

Pixie said...

Im In! linzimacdonald@yahoo.co.nz

nzgreenbuttons said...

I can certainly make something, count me in.

Rochelle's Lenz said...

in in in

Bugi Elisa Savioli said...

Count me in! I'm in Italy, please contact me to info@mondobugi.com
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

quirbinon at hotmail dot com :)

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Anonymous said...

Hi I am happy to do this! I am in Victoria, Australia. I love making softies. Email me at rkna@deakin.edu.au - Rachelle :)

cristina zani said...

I'd love to take part, but I need to know today where to send it as I'll be off on Sunday and I won't be back for 4 months. If you could reply to me at zanybyzani@gmail.com that'd be great.

Jacqui said...

I'd love to help and will repost on my blog too. jacqui(dot)craig(at)gmail(dot)com

CHD said...

Count me in too. Cx

Tanya said...

Yep, I'm in too

Lady Muck said...

Count me in, Leonie. I am starting right away!

LM x

VaaVoom.com said...

I'm in! Got heaps of ideas and love to send to the dear little ones affected by this terrible tragedy. xx

vaavoom.com.au

Gail said...

Awesome idea Leonie - I might have something here - not sure!!

Rhiannon said...

Count me in. I have several already made so would be happy to donate a few.

Amy Seven-Stitches said...

Count me in. Any excuse to pick up a needle.

Da Setiuz Mama said...

I'm in!
estacreationz@slingshot.co.nz

Da Setiuz Mama said...

Add me to your list!
estacreationz@slingshot.co.nz

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how good I will be at this - but would love to try. Please email me at: bec_oz@hotmail.com

Camille said...

I'm in!

Lala the Hooper said...

I would love to participate. My thoughts have been with the people of Christchurch...my mother-in-law missed the earthquake by a mere 4 hours, going on a hike with a walking group, and while I am thankful for her safety, my thoughts are with all those who are suffering and frightened as well as the families of those who lost there lives. Where do I send the softies? (I'm in the US.).

greta @ topography said...

I'm in too, thanks for organising :)

isa said...

i'd love to contribute! idomo728@yahoo.com =)

dm13 said...

We knit comfort dolls for kids in Africa.. we have about 8 dolls not quite finished but would like to send them to you guys... I found you through my friend Jacqui over at HazelNuts. I can either send them to her or to you.

comfortdollproject@gmail.com

Catherine said...

I have put this up on my blog - and I'm also doing Quilts For Christchurch on my blog if you wouldn't mind putting it up on yours to help spread the word please.

iDear, said...

I'm in! I haven't really made a softie before but have been wanting to and have a sewing machine i'm yet to use. I've been trying to find a way to help from Auckland so now im off to find a pattern...
Ali

idear.papergoods@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi
Would love to donate! thanks for letting me know where to send me the details!
Emilie x
efgraham@btinternet.com

Polka Dot Daze said...

I would like to make some too. Thanks for organising it.

polkadotdaze@xtra.co.nz

Jackie said...

I crochet, and would love to send something! This is a wonderful thing you are doing <3
scrapoholic@telus.net

Terrie said...

Please include me !! Would love to help.

terrie7365@msn.com

xoxo Terrie

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams said...

I've posted your drive up on my blog, Dolly Donations: Sending Love, 1 Dolly at a Time!

http://dollydonations.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-active-doll-drive-softies-for.html

my thoughts are with you, stay in touch,
Take care, Sarah

bec said...

id love to contribute,
littlewiseowl@live.com.au
thankyou!

Little Snuggle Monkey said...

I am in Australia but would love to help out <3 you can email me at littlesnugglemonkey@gmail.com
x

HalfDozen said...

So great, I'd love to help, I have a handful ready to ship, I'm in the USA, please email with more info.
Jessica
jessica_lee_mt@yahoo.com

tammye000 said...

I'd really like to contribute
My email address is sammyssecret@live.com.au

Cleo said...

I'd like to contribute also. My email is prairieofprax@yahoo.com.au

Thank you

celiasews said...

I have a softie to send. I will send you an email for you to get my email address and so you can tell me where to send. Thank you, Celia from Australia xx

sweetnektar said...

What a great idea!!

I have not got a sewing machine yet but it's next on the list. We are however cooking up a storm and have created Cooking for Change where we drop a coin in a jar every time we cook...proceeds going to Christchurch and other chosen charities....

Wish I had my machine now, these look so cool!!!

Notchka said...

Leonie - you rock!

bekahdu said...

count me in bekahdu@bigpond.com

The Little Craft Store said...

Getting all our crafty friends to whip up some in auckland :) thelittlecraftstore@vodafone.co.nz

Anonymous said...

Hiya I have some crochet gnomes I'd love to send some in :-)
Roo
ruthcahill@xtra.co.nz

Rebecca Y said...

Hi, Great idea. I am in Christchurch. Luckily relatively unaffected by the quake (this time) as I am in the south of the city. I am happy to recieve the items and deliver them toany organisation you decide on within Christchurch.

Megan said...

Would love to help out. Please email me more information:

Handmadenheartfelt@hotmail.com

xxx

Leonie said...

Hi Rebecca Y
I would love to link in with you.
Can you please send me an email...
kiwiatheartdesigns@gmail.com

thanks heaps
Leonie

Meg said...

would love to. I'm in auckland. just let me know where to get them to or post to. meg

Meg said...

oh, meg@conceptiondesign.co.nz

Sammy said...

Hiya, will get some and post them off, please send address to samantha@khaya.co.nz. What a GREAT idea!!!

Sue said...

I'm going to spend my weekend making softies.
These kids must be traumatised.

Donna said...

I am a knitter supporting the uthando project, would love to support this dolly drive too! mail me donnarange76@googlemail.com

Little Kiwi Chick said...

Leonie, this is such an awesome idea. I am so proud of you for organising this - you have such a big heart! I would love to join in but a) don't know how to make a softie and b) am flying out this weekend so don't have time to learn and whip one up! BUT I would be happy to help with postage costs, okay? Not sure how you are going to go about delivering them all but I would love to help out so just drop me a line, I will be using my same email address in NZ.
Jennifer x

Michelle said...

I am a kiwi teacher in Turkey and after talking about the earthquake, our class has decided that we can all make a softie to send. Please email me the address, its such a wonderful way of giving when you are so far away.
lacey761@hotmail.com

billie monster said...

I'd love to.
billie@billiemonster.com

caddorose said...

send email to caddorosecottage@yahoo.com. I'll be sewing dolls this weekend too.

Anonymous said...

Think its fantastic idea.... Specially when you feel so helpless ... Just to give a tiny amount of light into a childs world would be fantastic!!!

Anonymous said...

Where is the pattern for the softies?

Shirley
sjgreer@aol.com

Nikki said...

Count me in please!
nikkiburnet@live.com

jennitalula said...

Yes, me too for sure. I will make sock monkeys I think.

Jenni.dowsett (at) gmail.com

hungryhippie said...

I'll make several--email me details and I'll get on it right away.
BLESS YOU ALL!
:o)

hungryhippie@live.com

www.1hungryhippie.blogspot.com

Jody Herbert said...

I'll be more than happy to help out. I'm from Victoria, Australia. Let me know where to send them. My email is jbherb1@bigpond.com

Ange said...

Super idea. Those poor kiddies could do with some cheering up. As an ex Cantab, i'm in boots and all!
angelaleefitzgerald@hotmail.com

Elisabeth said...

Please let me know where I can send one or two.

imadiversgirl (at) gmail (dot) com

Yvonne said...

Would love to help. Please send details.
xmasineurope2007@comcast.net

Monique said...

Great idea.
mgahler@bigpond.com

camelama said...

I'm in!

camelama at g m a i l d o t c o m

Petal said...

I've got some croched toys I'd like to send.
Is there anything the 'big kids' would like, too?
star1271@hotmail.com

Hanna said...

Ok I haven't made anything in YEARS so I'll try a few and see how they look - don't want to scare the kiddies with creepy softies :/

Harpsters said...

Goodness! Are you going to get all of these messages? Wow! What a great response! I'd like to pledge a softie too. vanessa@harpsters.co.nz

Zoe said...

Would love to make some
otterandwombat@hotmail.com

Hanna said...

Opps forgot my email address
hannaleigh@gmail.com

susan said...

love to help
iamchickenfoot@yahoo.com

JenMeister said...

Please send me the address, email in my blogger profile.

Thanks xxx

Little Creatable said...

I'm in!

littlecreatable@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to help, but don't want to post my email address here for all to see. Is there another way to get it to you?

Leonie said...

to anonymous, you can email me direct at kiwiatheartdesigns@gmail.com

I want to email out my postal address to everyone as I feel a little bit weird about putting it on my blog.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

tlc said...

Hey this cool...I have contributed to the Mirabel Foundation with softies which is done annually with the voice of Pip Lincolne...Meet me at Mikes.
I'm in...a thought, people have lost faith and strength...what about pillows, I use woollen jumpers and turn them into well loved comfy, squishy cushions.(Got this great idea from the "Crafty Minx"). I guess size is an issue when posting. I will make little creatures too!

Jolie said...

Yes, please count me in! Thanks!

Jolie said...

oops forgot the email - tropical[nospace]soup[at]gmail[dot]com

~Laurie~ said...

I would like to help :)
lauriebecker1@gmail.com
Thanks!

bearpaw said...

So heartbreaking to watch the news! I will get on with a softie next week. You can email me through my blog profile. This is a wonderful thing you are doing - I know it will help.

Kate Pabst said...

I'd love to participate too. Please send me the info at kate (at) thechicchickadee (dot) com.

Val said...

Hi Leonie, I am in too, I will send my email details to you :0)
God bless you,
Val xx Oxfordshire UK

Anonymous said...

Please email me with contact info for mailing dollies
to you for the kids in NZ. How will they be distributed?
I am in LA and have a group
of ladies who sew dollies. xo CINDY SIMON

Karyn said...

I have a group at school making Santa Sacks for Starship Hospital, but we will move to Softies for Chch's Children this Wednesday.

jewelsbylamplight said...

i would love to help out - please count me in too.
Jan......
vindotter5@gmail.com

sweet emmelie said...

Just posted about you on my blog. Love the idea! Now gotta get organized!

Stacey said...

Anyone wanting a pattern can have a look here
http://www.nonidolls.com/bearhugs.html

It's a charity pattern (free if you're giving it to kids in need) for a bear, specially designed with curvy arms that will hug back.

There's a doll pattern at the same site that will do likewise.

Love this idea!

Robyn Jordan said...

Hi I am a kiwi and live in Vic now . Been here 3 years. Would love to do this along with my daughter. I have a son in Christchurch so is close to my heart. Can you email me with details re where to send them.Bless you for this venture in puting a smile on some little childrens faces. jordhome@gmail.com

Leah said...

I'm here in the UK and would love to help. I have relatives in Auckland so feel connected to NZ.

My email addy is: sewtobed@aol.com

Sew little fabric said...

I would love to be involved! Please send me the details, paula.storm@gmail.com.
Hugs Paula
www.sewlittlefabric.blogspot.com

Robyn Jordan said...

count me in. Great idea. jordhome@gmail.com

Karen Wilson said...

Count me in. I just finshed sewing some up for Qld flood victims, so I'm sure I can do a few more!

Lady Muck said...

Hi Leonie,

Just realised I forgot to include my email address with the note above.

ladymuck(at)themuckymacbook(dot)com

Just putting the finishing touches on my second softie this evening :) x

Janine Jordan said...

I'm in! janinejordanshreve@yahoo.com

makeitgiveit said...

HI I'm a chch person so if you want to email me I amy be able to be a distribution point for you as I have some good community connections. Thank you so much for your heart felt loving response. fisherwhanau(at)googlemail(dot)com
Miriam

daphne said...

please count me in- innovsftgds@earthlink.net

Anonymous said...

Yes! Something I can do; am resting at home waiting heart surgery in Auckland but I can do craft; sewing, knitting etc. Will a basic pattern be available? melissa.goudie.park@gmail.com

Sarah said...

I'm in.

paperfoxling@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog and would love to help please e-mail me details to ashcat2oo2@yahoo.co.nz
cheers katrina

BettyM said...

Will send several softies. Need the email and details...no blog.
boopme19@aeroinc.net

JacBer said...

I have a couple ready to go
jacberkitsch@kinect.co.nz

caroline said...

Let me know where to send- carolinefosteratkins@yahoo.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Hi - Love this idea so much. All our kids church are SO keen to do something for the kids of Chch. Please send all details patterns etc to ivanab@gebc.org.nz

Ivana said...

Hi - LOVE this idea so much and I have a kids church full of kids wanting to do something for the kids in Chch. Please send me LOTS of details to ivanab@gebc.org.nz.

xxx

Anonymous said...

My craft group is interested in contributing to this. domtoniburton@yahoo.co.uk

monkeemoomoo said...

I'm in too!!!!

I have just blogged about it.

monkeemoo@aapt.net.au

Jacki xo

Jane said...

Hi, I would love to make a softie for this. Sure beats sitting about feeling helpless.
wakool@internode.on.net

Jennadesigns said...

Please send me details as well. I made a couple softies for the flood appeal and would love to make one or two for this as well. jennadesigns(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

Grandmas_Jam_Jar said...

Count us in!
holly@lifefm.co.nz and nericec@nogginfilms.com

Amy said...

count me in lol - fab idea! My girls will write a card to go with them too ;0)
aptcreationz@littlekiwisnest.co.nz
x x x

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are going to have a big job getting all these emails together! :) It;s a great idea, thanks for putting it online! I live in christchurch and was wondering how I would give softies to kids who needed them, let me know if I can help. I am making sockmonkeys at the moment to give away somehow... Keep me in the loop - fionacampbell21@gmail.com
Fiona

nina said...

I would love to join in!
please email me on desiredvintage@gmail.com
thanks!
nina

LoveDarer said...

Have some ready to go already! jools dotoliveratgmaildotcom

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I would love to help.
lj.barron@xtra.co.nz

Anonymous said...

Im in christchurch and would love to help. I think my five year old girl would enjoy helping to.
jasminejade@hotmail.com

Anna Elliott said...

I'd love to contribute a softie to this. Thanks!
anna@annaelliottbooks.com

Helen said...

Please send me details at phrms@clear.net.nz
Helen Bakker.
I run a craft group sewing class and guess what they will be doing next week!
Lookig into sending these via our local Salvation Army for delivery to CHCH - but can you send me details as well.

Fiona said...

Hi, I have a little Miss Polly the Dolly to send - please can you email me where to post it. fiona.eason@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi I would love to make one or two.
mattlizgray@hotmail.com

Anna said...

Wow it took me a long time to scoll to the bottom of this page! Count me in! nu_pollushun@hotmail.com

Eme Creations said...

Hi, Please count me in.
my email address is
emecreate@bigpond.com

Eme Creations said...

Hi,
Please count me in. I would love to help.
my email is:
emecreate@bigpond.com

Eme Creations said...

Please count me in, I would love to help.
emecreate@bigpond.com

kelly said...

I have a sock monkey ready and waiting to fly to Christchurch and hopefully add a little light to someones day
Kelly
paulandkelly9@gmail.com

Suzi Mauck said...

Suzi of Gals & Dolls
I have at least 20 cuddly teddy bears made by members of Gals & Dolls Doll Club in San Jose, CA. They are looking for homes. I would be delighted to send them if I have an address.

My email address is suzi@peacetoall.com

louise said...

wow - what a fantastic response you have had - i would love to send some toys - e mail address is on my blog - thank you for organising such a lovely thing!

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea guys! if I cant do as much as I'd like toys are definitely one thing I can do. Please email on miss_popinjay@yahoo.com.... heard about this listening to the radio

Jodi

Aussie (Ex AKL resident) said...

WOW! How inspirational and what a fab idea. I'm gonna try and get the Aussie ladies onto these...and bless all those in Chch, especially the children :) X

Anonymous said...

Hi, would love to help. Please email instructions to elgatodevino@gmail.com
Is there are pattern for the softies shown or will any toy pattern do?

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have 5 softies ready to post from Spain! please send details to: marmaladebatido@yahoo.com
Thanks - Marmalade xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Leonie still waiting for a reply have a bag fill of soft toys but just need the postal address please email me on miss_popinjay@yahoo.com

ta Jodi

jackshoney71 said...

Hi I would love to send some softies to some children in need. My email address is jackshoney71@aol.com. Thanks for doing this.
Regards,
Brigitte

Suz said...

I would love to make one. sewpony@gmail.com.au thanks

Amanda said...

Hi, I am a Kiwi living in the US, originally from Christchurch, and would LOVE to do this!

My email address is: amouse98@gmail.com

Thanks for putting this together!

Tronx said...

I would love to be a part of this.. my email is princessfreebear@yahoo.com Thank you

Corinne said...

Hi, we have a couple of softies made to send..where should we send them..

I am inspired said...

Hi, i'd love to make a little dolly to send over. My email is iaminspired@live.co.uk.
Thanks, Kirsten

Jenny Scrap said...

Hi, I have a boy softie & girl softie ready to go. Where do I send them? My email is rjscrap@bigpond.com.au
Thank jenny xox P.S. Great Work !!!

Corinne said...

Hi, We have softies ready to come, can you please send me the address to ship them to. corinne@madameflavour.com

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Can you give me an address to post my Soft Toy to please.
best wishes, Cyndy
ralphandcynthia@hotmail.com

Ashleigh said...

Stumbled upon the One Dolly at a Time blog and saw that you may have an opening to send dolls to New Zealand.

I'd love to get involved in any of the active donations.

THanks!
Ashleigh
TheBurbs.etsy.com

Anonymous said...

Are you still accepting dolls for this cause? If so, where should I begin? I would love to help.

Beertje Zonn said...

What a lovely idea!

Beertje Zonn