Financially we are doing very well. We have funds that will provide for bags into the early part of 2019. In the 9 years of operating we have never asked any person or concern for money. It is the Lord’s project and we do not interfere, He provides much better than we ever can. There is always enough and always at the right time! The funding will never be a problem He loves the mothers and the babies so much.
We are operating from a smaller, warmer and more comfortable warehouse on the same site as before. Now we are within earshot of others whilst before we were quite isolated. The consequence is that we have friends close by and the on-site coffee house is a very convenient meeting place. Everybody knows Hug a Baby, what it does and that it is a Christian work. Only yesterday a man we had never spoken to before said how impressed he was with Hug a Baby. He was actually very proud that it was on the site where he worked.
So here we are, a stress-free activity, meeting a constant need with the help of all our friends and supporters, you are our stimulation to keep going; 200+ knitters in the UK; 100 + knitters in SA; plus many suppliers who try very hard to help us. Hug a Baby could never manage to do what it does without the passionate and loving support of everyone involved.
There is the chemical company who provides us with our Petroleum Jelly in 200 litre drums, free of charge! Petroleum jelly is the best skin care product you can use. It clears up all the spots and dryness of not just the baby’s bottoms but also the mother’s facial skin. Try it yourself, it costs a fraction of the cosmetics you are buying.
Then there is the company supplying brand new face flannels for less than a rand each. They are as supplied to the airlines for the First class and Business class passengers. We get generous discounts when we bulk purchase our Liquid Soap and Body lotion. Where can you buy 50ml of good quality body lotion for less than 3 rand or 15 pence? Nappies and ladies towels are bought at much less than trade prices. These and many other savings plus other free supplies make the Hug a Baby bag a so appropriate gift for the mums. Not forgetting of course the wonderful knitting.