One Crafty Thing: Minnesota Crafters Are Sewing Pouches For Displaced Australian Kangaroos
Photo: Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Minnesota Start-Tribune
Seeing animals in need in Australia, a group of two dozen crafters and seamstresses from central Minnesota got together in a church basement and started sewing. Using donated cotton and flannel fabric, these crafty crafters have now made hundreds of bat wraps, wallaby hanging bags and lined pouches for baby kangaroos. These items are designed to help volunteers in Australia “cuddle and comfort” injured and displaced wildlife and young animals that lost their mothers and their homes in the devastating fires there. The group has a connection on the ground in Australia — and got the handmade items to a nonprofit in Queensland that distributes supplies to rehabilitation centers and into the hands of “carers who need them.” And as soon as they can, the group now plans to shift to making things for wildlife rehabilitative centers and animal rescue groups in Minnesota.