As usual, July is an extremely busy month for kogo. We are currently receiving and distributing around 4000 items per week. This year, we reached a new record distribution of 4900 items in one week!
Recently, I was struck down with a throat virus and my husband with Influenza A. As we sat recuperating together in our lovely warm house, I could not stop thinking about those unfortunate people who do not have the opportunity to do the same. The constant feedback we get from our Community partner Organisations shows us that our kogo warm winter woollies are definitely making a difference to those in need.
From Warm Winter Hampers
All of us at Winter Warmer Hampers would like to send Kogo our heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful scarves, beanies and rugs that you provided for our hampers this year.
Our Hampers have been delivered to 107 families (400 people) and your wonderful donations have made it possible to keep a lot of people warm in this cold Winter.
We are constantly amazed at how you are able to fill our orders in so well and often with such short notice.
Many, many thanks Anita Allen Winter Warmer Hampers
From The Mustard Tree Lilydale
To all those involved at KOGO please accept our sincere thanks for the wonderful hand knitted scarves given to our food bank over the last 3 months.
During this time we have been able to assist 362 clients, 61 of which came in to The Mustard Tree for assistance for the very first time, proving that the needs in our community continue to grow.
Your support is a real blessing and it is so nice to give out beautiful hand knitted scarves to those in need especially over these cold winter months. May God bless you in all that you do.
Kindest regards from Kathy Mitchell Food bank Co-Ordinator
From The Royal Women's Hospital
We received a beautiful card with this photo from parents of new twins who were recipients of our baby gift bags:
Dear Knitting Volunteers, We just wanted to write to say thank you for the beautiful packages you made up for our girls. We can see the hours of work that would have gone into making such beautiful outfits, blankets, teddies and more. Our girls love all the soft items you have made for them. It is a wonderful thing you do for the babies and parents.
NEW DROP OFF POINTS
Private Residence Unit 2, 10 Wellington Street, Montmorency Please leave at front door
Pharmasave 203 Stud Rd, Wantirna South 98012 2111
We were privileged to have the Workspace Solutions team from Officeworks donate their local community volunteer hours to kogo on 4 consecutive Tuesdays. This is what they had to say about the experience:
Every team member has come back saying what a wonderful experience it was, how lovely everyone was, what a fabulous charity KOGO is, and how well organised you are. Everyone has been amazed at the amount of knitting that comes in and goes back out.
Kogo Community Talks
Recently Andrea, our Community Education Officer, presented an information session at Glen Waverley Library. The talk was very well received and many of the attendees expressed interest in setting up a monthly kogo knitting group in the library.
At the moment we have plenty of babies beanies (both premmie and full term).
We ALWAYS need blankets – the demand is particularly high this very cold winter. The thought of making a blanket can be overwhelming but if you look at the website kogo blankets you will see patterns for making squares or strips. This is a great way to use up your stash! You can either sew or crochet the squares/strips together to make a finished blanket or alternately, you can send them to kogo and we will put them into kits for our volunteers to complete.
If you are interested in receiving a kit of squares/strips to make into a blanket, please email Di to firstname.lastname@example.org
Expanded Office Space
With the amazing growth of kogo over the past two years, we have outgrown our existing distribution office. We have been very fortunate to secure additional office space within our current building, enabling us to keep doing what we do in a more efficient manner, and without our volunteers falling over each other. If you have visited our office recently, you will know what I am talking about!
Please keep your donations coming in because winter has just started! Warm Regards, Ros