How to Bring Comfort & Hope to Preemies & Their Families in the Carolinas
This premature baby knitting charity offers preemies and their families the best of starts to their new lives
Whenever I think of a premature baby knitting charity, I inevitably recall the story my church’s pastor told one day.
My church has a wonderful prayer shawl ministry that I’m proud to be part of. (Despite its name, we knit and crochet far more than prayer shawls.) Every so often, we will place a large collection of the projects we’ve completed for donation on our altar. Our pastors then invite the congregation to lay their hands on these projects and bless them.
During one such service, one of our pastors told us a story. His own daughter had been born prematurely, and one of the nurses had placed a handmade cap on her tiny head.
He said that he had been absolutely overwhelmed by the thought that a stranger had cared enough to create the hat that would help keep his daughter warm as she started her life sooner than expected.
(Pardon me while I wipe the tears away. This gets me EVERY time.)
Why Knit for Preemies? It’s not just about the Babies
You see, when it comes to knitting for preemies and knitting for a premature baby knitting charity, it’s not simply about keeping tiny babies warm. Although that’s important, of course.
But equally as important is providing care for their families. Families with a premature infant are thrown into chaos. They had one story planned for their expansion, and now they must deal with another.
Knitting for a premature infant lets another family know that you care for them. You may not know them, and you may not ever meet them. But you are playing a big part in bringing them comfort and hope.
Preemies of the Carolinas: an Amazing Premature Baby Knitting Charity
Preemies of the Carolinas began in September 2015 (not long before this article was first published!). Inspired by the Preemie Project – another outstanding charity for preemies!) – founder Jennifer Opferman decided to create her own.
Jennifer started with Inspirational Hearts. If you’ve read my article about the Mighty Miracles Foundation and about their Bonding Hearts, you know the idea. The Hearts allow for the transfer of scent between parent and preemie.
This provides a bonding experience that parents normally struggle to offer their infants. (Preemies can’t be away from their isolettes too long, as they may lose body heat quickly.)
Over time, Preemies of the Carolinas offered other items for donation, including hats and blankets. They currently deliver to 8 different hospitals across North and South Carolina, and they are always looking to expand to more.
How You Can Help
Of course, if you want to knit or crochet, that’s the first way you can help! As of this update, they need preemie hats, newborn and infant hats, and blankets of all sizes. You can always see the most current list of needs here.
For preemie hat patterns, you can check here.
If you enjoy sewing, you can sew Inspirational Hearts; you can find a link to download the heart pattern on this page.
You can also knit hearts if you’d prefer; just be sure to knit only in cotton and use only one of the recommended yarns listed by Knitted Knockers. (You’ll find the button to access this list right above the three videos at the bottom of this page.)
(Need a knitted heart pattern? Check out this post, or click the button at the bottom of this post to get my Quick Charity Knitting Wins eBooklet FREE. It includes two heart patterns!)
You can donate other, non-handmade items too. They also need things like plastic zippered bags (for sending donations to hospitals), postcard stamps, flannel, and yarn.
Also, they can always use monetary donations! Charities like these often incur costs, and anything you can offer can help with their mission. (This is a great way for non-knitting or -crocheting friends to help.)
To donate financially, click the “Donate Now!” button on the right sidebar of any Preemies of the Carolinas web page. Visit the Current Needs page for the address to which you can send any other donations.
This is such a wonderful opportunity to help not only infants born too soon, but also their families. Preemies of the Carolinas is absolutely a premature baby knitting charity worthy of your support!