True Stories

Hearing from the people who actually receive our warm winter woollies always brings a smile to our face as well as a tear to our eye. It’s the outreach workers and social workers from our community partner organisations who actually make contact with the recipients but we love hearing their anecdotes about the joy that the recipients (especially the children) get on being given our items. Here’s some of our recent ones.

 

‘Thank you so much for the lovely gift of 50 adult beanies and 50 children’s beanies. They are so colourful and beautifully knitted. It’s a welcome gift for the cold weather. We have many people who will be delighted to wear one. The hard part will be choosing from so many colours and styles. On behalf of the Refugee Health Team and the many Refugee and Asylum Seekers, a big Thank You!’

Barbara Austin
Refugee Health Nurse
coHealth


 ‘Thank you so much for your efforts once again this year in supporting people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne. Your donations of over 1000 different knitted products for children, young people and adults will be welcomed gratefully at this time of year. As I write this letter it is one of the coldest days in Melbourne this year. The timing of your delivery, supporting some of Hanover’s different services, could not have been better.’

Tong Keenan
Chief Operating Officer
Hanover


'Many thanks for the delivery of the following items:

· 20 children’s scarves
· 180 children’s beanies
· 130 children’s jumpers
· 17 children’s gloves
· 10 baby beanies
· 20 baby cardigans
· 10 baby booties
· 10 baby cot blankets

We are so grateful for kogo’s continued support of the children and families that Ardoch supports. Particularly at this time of year, warm woollen items are always very much appreciated and valued.’

Rachel Morley
Programs Coordinator – Learning Essentials
Ardoch Youth Foundation


‘We would like to express how grateful we are for another delivery of the most gorgeous items imaginable! The 50 beanies, 40 jumpers, 20 large baby cardigans, 40 pram blankets and knitted toys (and additional items) will help brighten up the stay for vulnerable families attending our residential program. We are all in awe at the many thousand dollars’ worth of wool and time to create such gorgeous pieces. The attention to detail is heartwarming.’

Kerrie Gottliebsen
Communications Manager
Tweddle Child and Family Health Service


‘Thank you so much for your very generous donation of scarves, beanies, sox, baby gift packs and blankets to the mission. Your generosity and compassion enables us to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people who turn to us in their time of need.’

Fiona Healey
Manager – Fundraising and Communications
Sacred heart Mission


‘On behalf of the clients of Melbourne City Mission, thank you so much for the beautiful knitted goods received from kogo recently. These have been distributed throughout our services to young disadvantaged women with young babies and children.’

Suzanne McGraw
Bequests and Major Gifts Manager
Melbourne City Mission


‘On behalf of Connections I would like to thank kogo and your dedicated team of volunteers for your support of our clients through your generous donation of hand knitted items. The donations you have provided are much appreciated by our clients, particularly at this time of year, and are a vital addition to the Family Resource Room at Hampton Park Uniting Place. We truly value the time and effort you have all put in to helping marginalised and disadvantaged people in our community.’

Kirrilee Torney
Acting Manager, Community relations
Uniting Care Connections


‘Thanks as always for the delivery of beautiful woolly items. Our families really love them. We received:

· 10 adult scarves
· 20 adult beanies
· 2 adult blankets
· 15 kids scarves
· 35 kids beanies
· 10 babies’ beanies
· 5 cot blankets
· 10 toys
· 5 baby gift packs

Thanks so much to your and all your wonderful knitters!’

Louise Mackinnon
HIPPY Frankston North Co-ordinator
Brotherhood of St. Laurence


 'Sommerville wishes to thank you for the generous donation of 38 blankets, 50 children’s beanies, 15 baby beanies and 20 cot blankets to our Youth and Family Services Program in Katherine. Our Katherine team engages in ongoing support of socially and economically disadvantaged and vulnerable families in the community and are able to make a further difference with the items you have kindly donated. Not only will these items support youths and families experiencing homelessness but will also give us the opportunity to build stronger relationships with existing and new clients as we strive to make a difference in their day to day life challenges.’

Vicki O’Halloran AM
Chief Operating Officer
Sommerville Community Services

See some of the amazing items our dedicated volunteers have made