Newborns in need, www.newbornsinneed.org, is a great charity and one we donate to monthly. We go to the monthly meeting hosted by our local chapter where we get the chance to talk, share and learn with other like minded people and try to make a difference in the lives of the babies, siblings, and parents of preemie children. 

This month we donated several stuffed animals for the siblings, 2 hats for the babies in different sizes (all fashionable if I say so myself) a crocheted blanket and several sewn blankets and scent pads. 

NIN needs blankets of all sizes (shapes too I guess) so we did several different sizes and different materials from cloth to fleece to homespun crochet. I imagine the cloth touching the sweet babies' delicate skin, if it isn't soft enough then it won't make it in the pile. 

Here are some crochet hats. I want them to be fashionable but also soft. We only use super soft yarn or baby yarn. I like the thickness of the sport weight baby yarn but only if it is very soft. Caron Simply Soft is my favorite but I've been branching out to Bernat lately as well. I prefer neutral colors because anyone can wear them but NIN will happily take any color. 

Here is a close up of the scent pads. They are actually a bit small but they will serve their purpose. It helps the baby have the sent of mommy or daddy while they are away. Its a scary world for a little preemie and having a scent pad nearby helps them to be calmer and more at peace. 

If you are looking for a charity to help may I suggest Newborns in Need. It is surprising, and saddening, to know how many preemies there are just in your local area. Find your branch today and help out. 

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