Attention Maritimes Knitters! Important update from the IWK Auxiliary (Halifax, NS), December 2012.
Dear Volunteer Knitters (and those who crochet),
Thanks to knitters of the Maritimes and beyond (England, Thailand, Ontario, & USA) we have now collected over 5,500 hats and storage is becoming an issue. Approximately 4500-5000 babies are born at the IWK each year so we are well outfitted for 2013. The hats are wonderful and are well received by parents. Of course their new little ones look adorable in their purple hats!
We look forward to receiving the hats you have ready to send to us and assure you they will be used in the program, however we are now suspending collection until Fall 2013. I will email you at that time to let you know when we are starting to collect purple hats again. I have attached a photo of a collection of hats, as well as a Thank You note to all knitters. We do continue to need comfort dolls and finger puppets.
Editor’s note: Since we have many visitors to this site from all over the world, we will keep the original post below intact. And as you can see from the update, the suspension is only temporary due to sufficient supply.
For your charity knitting project, please consider making purple baby hats for IWK’s “Period of Purple Crying” program that was launched thanks to the generous support of the IWK Auxiliary. This program is new at the IWK (officially started on April 25, 2012), it educates new parents in dealing with their newborn’s normal crying phases with the goal of preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome. Each new parent will receive an educational booklet, DVD and a purple baby hat, donated by a volunteer knitter. There are approximately four to five thousand births at the IWK a year, so they are looking for a lot of hats!
Hats should be made with soft yarn, in any shade of mauve or purple as long as 50% or more is purple or mauve. Because these hats are put on babies after the first bath demonstration and worn indoors, they have to be made with light yarns. The hats cannot have pom poms, buttons or chin straps, which could cause a choking or strangling hazard. The hats in the picture above were designed for this cause in order to raise awareness beyond our local community. They can be found on the Patterns page or by clicking on the photos below. The IWK does not endorse any specific pattern but they confirmed that these hats meet size and yarn requirements and will be accepted.
The contact person at the IWK for collecting knitted purple hats is Leslie Dalton from Volunteer Resources. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her phone is 470-6692.
Hats can be dropped off at Volunteer Resources office at 5850/5980 University Avenue, Halifax, NS or mailed to: Volunteer Resources, IWK Health Centre, PO BOX 9700, Halifax, NS B3K 6R8.
If you would like an acknowledgement, put your name and address in with the hat.