THEY have never asked for help, but the dedicated local women who sew and knit toys, beanies and rugs for the Hunter's sick children are struggling to pay for wool and other materials.
The "Coffee, Craft and Chat" group meet at the Southlake Neighbourhood Centre, Morisset, every Monday morning.
They knit and sew teddy bears, frogs and a variety of stuffed toys to bring a smile to the region's very sick children.
To date, with some donations, and their own money, they have bought their supplies and produced goods valued at about $1400.
But, with more demand for their services, they now need financial help.
They would also welcome new members with knitting and sewing skills.
"These women do a fantastic job and deserve a little help," said the co-ordinator of Neighbourhood and Youth Projects at the centre, Brooke Murphy.
"Their volunteer work to bring a smile to kids' faces is the essence of what neighbourhood togetherness is all about."
Group member Barbara Branz, of Mirrabooka, said: "Despite our arthritic fingers and other ailments we produce items made with love and care and then take them by bus and train to be distributed to hospital staff and placed on the beds of incoming children."
If you can help, phone 4973 7000.