Hand-sewn Boomerang Bags are now a common feature at Macksville and District Hospital in addition to the Valla Beach markets.
Boomerang Bags volunteers gather at Riverside Gardens Lifestyle Village, Nambucca Heads, on Mondays to make the popular shopping bags out of old, cotton material.
Riverside Gardens village resident Sue Butler said she had been sewing Boomerang Bags for seven years and that she enjoyed the comradery of the group activity.
“Our group is part of a world-wide movement to reduce plastic bags,” Ms Butler said.
“Achieving this by gifting reusable bags at Valla Beach markets has given our volunteers great satisfaction.
“And now our group has teamed up with the Macksville Hospital and the Salvation Army to provide a toiletries bag to patients attending hospital with little notice.
“This latest use of the Boomerang Bags, organised by Bev Atkinson, is truly great as it gives someone suffering in hospital some of the basic things they need for their stay.”
NVC Group Lifestyle Living Village Coordinator Helen Funnell congratulated the group of amazing volunteers for taking their product further. Ms Funnell said anyone wanting to cut material or sew are welcome to join the Boomerang Bags sewers at Riverside Gardens Retirement Village in Nambucca Heads on Mondays from 1pm. Donated cotton materials can also be dropped off to the group at this time or anytime at Riverside Gardens cafe.
The Salvos in Macksville is also seeking donated toiletries for hospital patients, so if you wish to purchase and donate toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo or other toiletries, you can drop them off to the Salvos Shop in Macksville or Adara Nails, Body and Soul at shop 3/37 Cooper Street, Macksville.