We had our April Charity Crafting night last week at the Oak Park Main Library.. Audrey had a great idea to post our event on Meetup.com and we attracted several new members to our group. All together we had 8 women of all ages come together to craft for charity. We had 1 loom knitter and 3 crocheters working on preemie hats for the University of Chicago Hospitals and The Precious Preemie Project. We had another 4 women working on sewing pillow cases for ConKerr Cancer. It was so fun to have such a diverse group of women come together to craft for charity. The experience level ranged from beginner to experts. It was a joy to see everyone helping each other out and it seems as though everyone got along wonderfully. I’m looking forward to our next Charity Night and if you are in the Chicago area, we would love for you to join us too!
Today, we would like to feature one of the organizations that has posted needs on our website, The Precious Preemie Project.
The Precious Preemie Project was started by Raquel Hunter. After delivering her baby in the hospital, she saw the tiny babies in the NICU, and something pulled at her heart. She realized that these preemies who were sometimes as small as a pound and did not have clothes available to them. Often times, parents would need to buy doll clothes to fill their baby. Raquel decided she wanted to do something to help and thus the beginning of The Precious Preemie Project.
With each little hand-made hat we want to bring warmth, love and most of all hope to premature babies in intensive care units and their families.
Each month, we donate hand-made hats to hospitals with NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Units) in the United States. A small gesture with a big impact.
With 9 hospitals being recipients of these great gifts, the Precious Preemie Project has had a profound impact on the lives of these families. Just last month, they delivered 500 preemie hats. We at Giving Artfully appreciate Raquel and all the volunteers that make these gifts possible.
Check out this video to see the amazing story of Raquel and The Precious Preemie Project:
Please visit Giving Artfully to see how you can help The Precious Preemie Project.