The service committee solicited suggestions for the 2013 project and selected the broad theme of babies. Guild members are asked to knit for three charities that provide a wide range of services to infants and young children. This will be an opportunity for creativity, as these organizations are in need of a variety of knitted goods. As in previous years, door prizes will be awarded at the July meeting and at the conclusion of 2013. Members may put one ticket in the drawing for every item that is donated – more donations means more opportunities to win!
1. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome CLICK for Babies (www.clickforbabies.org) Each and every day infants across North America are shaken and abused because the person caring for them became frustrated with their crying. CLICK for Babies is a North America initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant. The organization is collecting hand knit or crocheted purple hats which will be given to new parents in hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Patterns for newborn hats can be found on the CLICK for Babies website and in many publications. As a general rule, hats should have a circumference of 7.5 – 13.5 inches and a height of 3.5 – 6 inches. MKG members are asked to refrain from attaching pompoms or other decorations that could pose a hazard to curious babies.
2. Bundles of Love: Because every baby deserves the basics (www.bundlesoflove.org ) Every 3 hours, a baby in Minnesota goes home with a free bundle of 25 items produced by Bundles Of Love. Without this bundle, these babies would have nothing - no clothing, no bedding, no diaper bag because their parents are unable to provide these basic needs. Bundles of Love volunteers provide clothing, bedding and other necessities for infants, clothing for premature infants of all sizes, and burial garments and keepsakes for families who have suffered the loss of an infant.
This organization is in need of the following handknit or crocheted items:
socks, booties, hats
baby afghans, approximately 30" x 30"
jackets and pants
3. Preterm/premature babies(Location for donations being sought) A preterm birth is the birth of a baby of less than 37 weeks gestational age. The cause of preterm birth is in many situations elusive and unknown; many factors appear to be associated with the development of preterm birth, making the reduction of preterm birth a challenging proposition.
Premature infants who are born before organs are fully developed are at greater risk for short and long term complications, including disabilities and impediments in growth and mental development. Preterm birth is among the top causes of death in infants worldwide.
The following types of handmade items in extra-small sizes are needed: caps, booties, fingerless mittens, sweaters, and afghans.
Guild members who have suggestions of places to donate items for preterm infants or who would like to suggest other service committee projects for infants are asked to contact Michele Germanson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Joyce Fitzgerald, email@example.com.
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