Knit One, Save One

Arlington, December 15, 2008 – For the third year in a row Sibley Medical Center employees captured the spirit of the season by getting out their knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn. Nineteen employees and four community members knit/crocheted over 500 baby hats for the “Knit One, Save One” collaborative program put on by the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and the Warm Up America Foundation.

The Warm Up America! Foundation website states that:

Research shows that 60 percent of the 4 million newborn deaths that occur each year could be prevented if mothers and children in poor countries had access to a simple package of health measures. This package includes antibiotics to fight infections, immunization against tetanus, training for skilled birth attendants, education in breast feeding and basic care such as keeping a baby – even those born in hot climates – warm with a knit cap. America’s leaders could save millions of newborn lives by increasing international assistance for programs that offer these inexpensive life-saving tools.

To download the Save the Children’s Knit One, Save One action kit, which includes a colorful tag for your cap and suggested letter to the President, go to www.SavetheChildren.org/KnitOneSaveOne or call 1-800-728-3843. At the website, you’ll also find about upcoming local events, read updates on the project, or ways you can help support the initiative.

hats (150K)

 

Back Row L to R: Dana Pautsch, Jennifer Werner, Missy Grams, Barb Haefs, Kathy Eggersgluess, Diane Rannow, Nancy Maloney, & Marion Godwin (community member) Front Row L to R: Pam White, Julie Scharping, Tove Lund, Wendy Dieball, & Sandy Vrklan (who knit 100 hats!) Missing: Donna Wolter, Margo Bjork, Wendy Solomonson, Liz Schmidt, Celia Smykalski, Becky McKinley. Other community members who contributed but are not pictured: Ann Carlson, Jan Wark and Sharon Thompson from Orr, MN, sent in several.