MEMBERS of the Sunday School at Bellshill West Church have been leading the way with a charity initiative.
Youngsters appealed to members of the congregation to knit items for babies living in poverty in Africa, and have been overwhelmed with the response.
Steven Foye, Sunday School superintendent, said: “Over the past three months the children have asked the congregation to get knitting for a charity in Africa called ‘Fish and Chip Babies’.
“It is so called because poverty in some parts of Africa is such that when babies are born their parents are completely unable to clothe them and wrap them up warm. Because of this level of poverty, the children are often wrapped in old newspaper when they are born to keep them warm - hence Fish and Chip Babies.
“The Sunday School children handed out specific knitting patterns for hats, tops and blankets to the congregation at their Christmas service and have been collecting knitting from the congregation ever since.
“The response from the congregation, friends and neighbours has been wonderful and the Sunday School have now collected almost 300 hats, almost 200 tops and dozens of blankets.
“These items will now be donated to Blythswood Care in Glasgow who distribute lots of items to worthy causes around the world.”