Monday, August 28, 2006

Caps to the Capital

Averages.  Sometimes they're not really averages at all.  Consider that on average about four bloggers a day mention the Caps to the Capital campaign that is being sponsored by the Save the Children organization.  capsforthecapitalThey're busy crocheting, like Sherri, or knitting, like Cindy.  What an amazing testament of online activism!  Newspapers are picking up the cause too, like Ohio's Beacon Journal with the article, "Sisters pass the hat for newborn caps" -- it's an article about children out to save children.  Amazing really.

On average, it takes about an hour, less for a more experienced crocheter, to create one preemie hat that will help save a child's life.  Is giving up an hour of our time worth it?  I think so.  An hour for a life.  Think about it.  We can be a part of the growing number of people willing to help save four million newborns born worldwide! 

Our caps would prevent, says the Save the Children foundation, 70% of those deaths!  An hour for a life.  And on average, that's saving 319 babies per hour!
"Many of these deaths could easily be prevented with cheap interventions, such as with knit [crocheted] caps to keep the newborns warm ..."
                                                             ~Associated Press, May 9, 2006

Now, if you're in the Connecticut area and need help in learning how to crochet in the round to create the Caps ... contact me.  I will gladly volunteer my time on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning (8/30, 8/31, 9/1) at the Borders bookstore located in Brookfield to assist you.  Please contact me to confirm.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful cause!  There have been 4 babies born in the last 3 months in my life (a nephew, a niece, and 2 friends) who were all very healthy.  I would like to challenge all of Dee's readers to knit or crochet just one hat in honor of the healthy children in your lives - children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, close friends, etc.  I worked up the pattern provided by the campaign last night with Lion Brand Microspun - machine washable and dryable and soooo soft!  The entire cap took only 1 hour and I'm not that fast.  You will really be struck by how small it is!  I'm pledging 8.  How about you? --Haley Zimmerman, mom of 2