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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:30am

Hundreds of fabric pouches, nests, mittens and other items will be helping injured and orphaned animals thanks to knitting and sewing enthusiasts.

There has been a huge response from Selwyn residents to the Selwyn Libraries offer of patterns and the use of its premises and machines to people who wanted to sew and knit items such as joey pouches and mittens for animals affected by the Australian fires, Senior Arts, Culture and Lifelong Learning  Co-ordinator Hayley Browne says.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response locally and nationally. We’ve had people from all over the country contact us to help.”Man on sewing machine

More than 250 items have been made in or collected by the libraries and are being stored ready to transport to wherever they are needed.

The idea came after library staff saw the response online from people wanting to support the Animal Rescue Craft Guild’s work and decided to offer the space and resources for them to help out in some way, Hayley says.

Any items which aren’t needed in Australia will be donated to other animal welfare groups who have a need for them, she says.