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How Your Knitting Can Warm Hearts and Babies in Need in the Great State of Colorado

If you live in Colorado and have a heart for families in need, particularly those with premature infants or suffering through a stillbirth, consider helping out Warm Hearts-Warm Babies

Stillbirth is a tragedy that no expectant parent should have to suffer through. Unfortunately, while the rate of stillbirth in the United States has declined dramatically since the 1940s, it still happens far too often. In 2020, 21,000 stillbirths were reported.

In addition, though the rate of stillbirth is still far lower than it was in the 1940s, recently the rate of decline has slowed.

One thing that can often feel like adding insult to the pain of stillbirth is a lack of adequate clothing for the stillborn child. Victoria Swain found this out after her own experience of stillbirth in 1996:

… the hospital was not equipped to clothe or provide even a blanket for her tiny stillborn infant.

Driven by the knowledge that there was a need to be filled here, she looked for a way to fill that need.

from Our Story page on the Warm Hearts-Warm Babies website

Filling a Need for Tiny Angel Clothing and Coverings

Victoria contacted the charity Newborns in Need, based in Missouri, to help her figure out how she could go about creating a similar group for folks in Colorado, where she lived. She began to recruit volunteers and collected the supplies she would need to make the necessary donations to hospitals.

Warm Hearts-Warm Babies became its very own charity in July 2000 with 60 sets of warm hearts. As of 2022, that number has grown to over 600 volunteers! They serve over 50 agencies across the state of Colorado.

An introduction to Warm Hearts-Warm Babies

Today, Warm Hearts-Warm Babies provides assistance for 3 groups of babies and their families.

  • For stillbirths: This was the first mission of Warm Hearts-Warm Babies, and it continues to be a featured mission of the group. They provide a package that includes a special outfit and a handmade afghan for burial.
  • For NICUs and premature infants: The group offers special “equipment” for NICUs, including positioning rolls and IV vests. For the infants themselves, they offer special clothing for when the infants are ready to go home, as storebought clothing rarely if ever fits preemies.
  • For newborns: Sadly, many infants are born to needy parents who struggle to care for them. The group provides full layettes, including the following:
  • 1 handmade quilt or afghan
  • 2 receiving blankets
  • 2 bibs
  • 2 burp pads
  • 1 undershirt
  • 1 sleeper
  • 1 gown
  • 2 outfits (pants/shirt or dress)
  • 1 sweater or jacket
  • 1 hat and bootie set
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • onesie
  • a handmade toy
  • baby bottle
  • baby toiletry item (shampoo or lotion)
  • diapers and wipes

How You Can Help

If you can knit, crochet, and/or sew, Warm Hearts-Warm Babies would love to have your talents! You can join one of the many workgroups that meet around the state of Colorado. You can find the list of workgroups, as well as where they meet, on this page. Clicking on any of the workgroups listed will give you the contact information for it.

Other ways you can help include:

  • Donating supplies. If you have baby-friendly fabric and/or yarn, or if you would like to donate some of the items that cannot be made, Warm Hearts-Warm Babies would be thrilled to take what you can offer.
  • Financial donations. Like most if not all charities, Warm Hearts-Warm Babies need help to defray operating costs. You can find many donation options on this page.
  • Volunteer. Do you have more time than money? Warm Hearts-Warm Babies can always use more hands to make their work lighter. Take a look at this page to see how you can help.

For more information about this marvelous charity, you can visit their website and/or check out their Facebook page.

If you live in Colorado and have a heart for families facing stillbirth, a premature birth, or life without enough resources to properly care for a newborn, why not consider how you can help Warm Hearts-Warm Babies? Few things can make your heart warmer!

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