Warm Blankets For Everyone
Here's what we've been working on...
Here's what we've been working on...
We purchased 2 sewing machines from Toronto Sew Easy with our grant money from the Federal Government. Spotlight also gave WBFE a discount on polar fleece.
The centre feeds around 80 people every Monday night with the help of David and his volunteers.
Brad arranged a liaison with Goods 360 (who supplies a huge variety of items which Brad acquires from Sydney) for the homeless and needy in our community.
Whilst distributing WBFE blankets, bed linen and clothing, we also assist Brad with the distribution of 360 goods. These all go to the growing Newcastle base of community centres for the needy.
It was with Brad and Belmont Baptist Church support WBFE were offered one of their buildings to use as a workshop for cheap rent.
WBFE are so very grateful for their generous offer and work hard to support the Belmont care base with Brad and the Church community.
Fletcher is a young boy who visited our WBFE workshop last week with his Grandmother.
His Grandmother is one of our many wonderful volunteers.
Fletcher arrived and gave us $7.00 from his money box to help with people who need support and help. We were all so moved by this young man's story and kind actions
I have asked Fletcher if he would make us a Donation Box for our workshop.
Thank you Kay and your group of friends from Swansea who knit and crochet beautifully these donations.
Many children will be kept warm this coming winter with these warm clothes items.
Tonee with our WBFE volunteers.
Sue with our WBFE volunteers.
Our family finally arrived from Brisbane! We hadn't seen them since last Christmas due to COVID.
Stella (14 yrs) and her mother Rachel wrapped hundred of gifts which were delivered to many community organisations struggling to supply the ever growing families and people in need in our community.
Ina (right) heads up our group of volunteers knitters and crocheters. Ina crochets and colour coordinates our exquisite WBFE blankets.
If you are interested in joining these people working in their homes or would like to offer much needed WOOL - please call Ina on 0412 494 850.
Meet Brenda (left).
Brenda has been sewing blankets at home since mid 2020. Brenda lives close to Tonee who delivers kits of blankets to be sewn, and collects the beautifully completed blankets.
Cheryl (right) is one of our delivery drivers. We currently have three drivers offering their vehicles, petrol and time to drive our blankets and other goodies to the Refuges, homeless, people living in Cars and other community facilities.
Tonee saw Rob and Dan in their work van at the Nords Wharf local park. WBFE were desperate to have their kitchen hooked up at the WBFE workshop so Tonee asked Rob if he would help at no cost.
Rob and his young worker came to our assistance for FREE! How wonderful to find such generous people!
Please support Rob and his team - a young delightful hard working business.
0431 159 708
Paul (Sue's husband) is not only our Maintenance Manager at WBFE, he is also a former engineer with amazing sewing machine fixing ability.
Sue takes all the sewing machines donated to WBFE home for Paul to thoroughly inspect and repair.
Paul is our handy man, fixing and ensuring our workplace is safe and sound.
Ray has a huge heart and is always willing to help us. Ray loves a chat!
Tonee and Sue held a 'thank you to our wonderful volunteers' Christmas party on 11 December 2020. Volunteers were asked to come at set times to ensure COVID safety guidelines were adhered to.
Tonee, Emma and Sue - WBFE Management Team
Each WBFE blanket is made with love and respect for charity.
Margret Barnes is our wonderful supporter and contact for Survivors' R Us. Margret has been delivering items from Quirky Quilters and WBFE to Survivor's R Us since we began back on March 2020. She is a very kind and giving lady happy to collect any day.
Pat Conroy (Federal Member for Shortland) visits our Warm Blankets For Everyone office.
We find donations in all sorts of places. 😊
It all began with sewing in our homes. Sue initially received many deliveries to her home and then began setting up socially distanced sewing teams of friends in her home.
Tonee gathered items from Sue’s place taking them to sort and store in her home filling two bedrooms.
Tonee also began sewing at home and making up kits on her dining room table for our volunteers to collect from Sue’s home.
The Glen was one of our first places WBFE supported. These boys were overwhelmed with gratefulness for the delivery of sheets, pillowcases, our blankets, our summer bedspreads, kitchen items, shoes, clothes and cutlery.
Belmont Baptist Care came on board with shampoo, teeth cleaning kits, new sheets and clothes. Jim lets us know their needs and fill it for them. They are a great team of boys.
Imad, Hiba and their families have gathered so many bags of clothes, blankets, sheets and pillowcases for WBFE. They are the most giving family and we are blessed to have them share our life.
*We are in need of more wool for our volunteer knitters.
These lovely ladies and men have given us some beautifully knitted and crochet blankets, beanies, scarves and a few jumpers. Some of our stars are Ina and Karen from The Newcastle Parkinson Group, Margret from Eleebana, Glen and Kay now living in Swansea.
Finally the days came to move from Tonee’s home into our wonderful gift from Belmont Baptist Church - our own space to work and store our blankets and fabric. We share this space with Belmont Community Care. We enjoy a wonderful relationship with Brad and the Church services a growing number of outlets across many religions. We can’t thank the Church enough for their kindness.
We are very appreciative of the support that the Zonta Club have given to WBFE.
Through service and advocacy, Zonta aims to improve the health, profession, legal, economic and political status of women and children both locally and internationally.
Trisha collects and delivers to the refuges which Zonta supports.
Wendy and Cheryl are our drivers, delivering our blankets and other goodies.
Brenda is a beautiful sewer, sewing for us from her home.
In the beginning, Tonee and Sue used their own cars to do the deliveries. However, as WBFE grew some kind people offered to do the deliveries using their cars. This has freed up Tonee and Sue to concentrate on making blankets and summer bedspreads.
Our current delivery drivers are Wendy and Cheryl (both Zonta members) and Margaret from Valentine.
Bella (Tonee's puppy) often helps with deliveries. 😊
Soul Cafe supply food, warm clothes and blankets for the homeless and needy.
WBFE donate dark blankets, beanies, socks, scarves, dark track pants, sleeping bags and of course, our WBFE blankets. Our coloured blankets are also given to the local Newcastle needy.
This mother and daughter team set up Quirky Quilters making quilts for refugees. Alison & Lurline support us by donating some fabrics, quilts and knitted blankets.
The Belmont Baptist Church have been very generous and supportive of WBFE. Not only by providing us with our home to work and store our blankets, but also with their community members supplying WBFE with some fabric, sheets and blankets.
Members of the church have offered some assistance beginning with gift wrapping goodies for the needy for Christmas.