Thursday, August 31, 2006
Save the Children crochets caps for newborns. Contributed photoSave the Children is hooking up with crocheters and knitters to raise awareness of the two million newborns that die within 24 hours of birth in developing countries.
Save the Children will host an event at its Westport office for people to crochet a baby cap that the agency will take to Washington in January with notes to the president. The effort is to show people are concerned about newborn deaths and want more done.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30-8 p.m. at the office on Wilton Road.
Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club and the Connecticut Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America are co-sponsoring the event, and those who attend will learn how to crochet a baby cap. A crochet hook, yarn and pattern will be provided.
After the baby caps are shown in Washington, they will be delivered to the countries where Save the Children has field offices to be given to new mothers.
The initiative was launched in July, and notes and caps from 20 different states have already arrived at the Westport office. They will be on display at the event.
Save the children officials say research shows that 70 percent of newborn deaths could be prevented if mothers and children in poor countries had access to a simple package of health measures, including education on drying a newborn baby and keeping it warm.
For more information, visit savethechildren.org.
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What a clever way to draw attention to this problem.
I hope it’s well attended.