Highlighting restaurants and taking in a cheeseburger week in Pasadena is fun, but on a serious note my website is also focused on the city of Pasadena and all the amazing work that is done throughout the community by some of these hard working non-profits.
I recently sat down with my friend Raquel Hunter and talked about her involvement with Mama’s Health and Precious Preemies. Each month, they send hand-knitted hats to hospitals throughout the U.S. The donation of hats is their organization’s way of sharing hope and love to make premature babies’ lives and their families’ lives better. In 2012, they knitted and donated over 700 hats and they are off to a great start in 2013 having already mailed 140 hats. Their selfless act also comes with an encouraging note for the parents.
I then asked Raquel what was it that made her decide to do this outreach for preemies. She said, “After the birth of my healthy baby girl at Huntington Hospital, I visited my hospital’s nursery and saw many premature babies fighting with everything they had to stay alive. I decided right then and there that I would do something to help these little babies! I did a little research and decided I would knit hats to keep their little heads warm. I watched some YouTube videos, taught myself how to knit, and gathered a few volunteers to help. These hats mean a lot to the parents who receive them. Especially for the little warriors who don’t make it. Often, the hats are one of a few pieces of clothing that their baby has worn so the hats hold lots of sentimental value.”
I am sure that you can learn how to do just about anything from watching You Tube videos, but I was blown away that she taught herself how to knit. After I recomposed myself, I asked her how can we help her and the Precious Preemie Project. She said “everyone can help by:
• Donating yarn
• Donating hats
• Donating gift cards for us to buy yarn and knitting supplies
• Or you can donate your own time by knitting hats for us
Although their main focus is to donate hats to premature babies, if they receive blankets, booties, or handmade stuffed animals, they will donate them to one of their recipient hospitals that accepts those items.
Precious Preemies knits hats for the following hospitals:
Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles
Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA
The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Darien, CT
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona, CA
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Valencia, CA
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Panorama City, CA
Also, here is a link to a video which includes one of Precious Preemie donations to Huntington Hospital http://www.mamashealth.com/preciouspreemie/recipients.asp
Mail donations to:
Precious Preemie Project Suite 2170, 281 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101
Thank you Raquel for taking the time out of your busy day to speak with me, I hope that this blog post reaches out to new donors and to those that are interested in donating their time to knitting more caps for preemies. You have a wonderful program and I wish all the best in 2013. ~ Mr. Pasadena