Teddy for Thailand

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Teddy tutorialMake a teddy for an orphaned child in Thailand.

We stumbled upon this wonderful story of a family making a difference to the lives of orphans in Thailand. For three weeks in January 2014, Nickie Race‐Jones, her children, Hannah (14) and Tom (11), and Meg Wallace (14) will be living at Baan Tharn Namchai Orphanage in Khao Lak, Thailand, started by the charity, Hands Across The Water, for the survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Pink crochet teddy bearThe Auckland residents are collecting soft toys and teddy bears to hand deliver to the kids at the orphanage, some of whom do not even have pillows or something to snuggle up to. It’s one of those heart-warming stories with people giving so generously to brighten a child’s life.

Click here to find out more about the charity Hands Across The Water which has provided food, shelter, education, accommodation and opportunities for several hundred Thai children and their communities.

We suggest using your crafty talents and making a teddy using our Little Teddy Bear crochet pattern (pictured right) which we first featured in Issue 4 of Sweet Living magazine.

Teddy bearOr follow the easy knitting pattern we found via The Rotary Club of Lutterworth (like the ones pictured top right). You could always buy one though if you are short on time.

Inspired? We hope so.

Teddies and other good quality soft toys can be dropped off or sent to the Hair Boutique in Mairangi Bay, Auckland, or any Wallace Store in New Zealand.

Happy crafting.

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