Tuesday, December 19, 2006

volunteer knitting

i've written about it before, but it needs mentioning again

Knitters Eager To Help Infants Caps Help Keep Newborns Warm

By STEPHANIE SUMMERS Courant Staff Writer December 18 2006 MANSFIELD -- Who says you can't change the world by knitting in front of the fire?Don't try to tell that to Kay McNabb of Mansfield Center, whose dining room table is covered in colorful knit caps that soon will warm the noggins of underweight newborns in Bangladesh and Malawi.And don't try to tell it to the women in her Manchester tennis club, Coventry gardening club, UConn walking and knitting groups, or the auxiliary that runs a high-end, second-hand shop for charity in Simsbury. They made more than 600 of the baby beanies.In fact, don't try to tell any of the nation's knitters of 68,000 caps overflowing the mail and conference rooms at Save the Children headquarters in Westport.Theirs is a close-knit world."The knitters are a very generous bunch - generous and engaged," Save the Children spokeswoman Kate Conradt said Friday from her Washington, D.C., office.Knitters first contacted Save the Children after seeing a May 2006 "State of the World's Mothers" report that focused on newborn health. It said that of 4 million newborns who die each year, 2 million die in their first 24 hours. In that vulnerable time, something as simple as a knit cap could save a baby, experts say................

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