Trauma teddies headed out west
TRAUMA teddies knitted by a group of caring Gladstone women will tonight be warming the beds and hearts of people in western Queensland's drought-stricken towns.
Red Cross volunteer Dorothy Leech will arrive in Barcaldine this afternoon after stopping along the way to deliver some of the precious load to hospitals and care homes in Alpha, Jericho and Blackall.
About 20 volunteers knitted the 45 trauma teddies.
She said the 45 teddies, bags of hand knitted knee warmers and beanies, and about ten donated teddies would let the people know they hadn't been forgotten.
"I'll be stopping along the way to break up the drive. Perhaps we will have a teddies bears' picnic for lunch," Ms Leech quipped.
"These bears make a difference and not just for children; some go to nursing homes.
"It's a pleasure for the ladies who make them. They know they are helping other people."