Operation Cover Up

Thousands of people in Eastern Europe receive blankets and warm clothing thanks to knitters around the country.

Use your skills to keep people warm in winter

Winter in Eastern Europe can get as low as -25°C and many children and families have little to help them face the harsh cold. 

Thanks to the great work of Liz and her team of coordinators, hundreds of Kiwis are knitting, donating wool, fundraising for shipping costs and preparing the items for shipping. 

We now send two huge shipping containers each year bursting with blankets and clothing as well as a few hygiene items to those in need in Eastern Europe. 

Get Involved

Lots of help is required to make sure Operation Cover Up is a success. Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Knit

Find out about groups in your local area, where you can knit with others and where to drop off your items. The items that are most in need are; Jerseys (any size from two years up), hats, scarfs and mittens, woollen blankets (minimum 1.6m x 1.4m), and slippers.

2. Purchase woollen knitting yarn or donate to cover shipping costs

Please contact your local coordinator to know where to drop it off wool and local fundraising efforts.

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blankets, clothes, shoes and other items were sent to Eastern Europe in 2019

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Help transform lives and bring hope for the future

To donate via internet banking, our ANZ account number is 06-0185-0122206-12 or call us on 0800 469 269, THANK YOU!