Each year I try to find some way to share some Christmas spirit and love for the holidays. It could be something like donating new toys to Toys For Tots, donating non-perishables to the local food bank or making preemie hats for NICU babies.
This year I signed up to make NICU hats for the little babies at our local hospital again. I still remember the feeling that I had when I received a knitted hat for little Miss S when we left the hospital. So, I will probably do that as well… every year that I can.
But this year I decided to do something extra… I am going to send a Christmas card to a little girl who is very sick. I found her story because my friend posted the news article on her facebook page. The story was so touching and it is such a simple wish that this amazing girl and her family have this holiday season that I couldn’t help trying to fulfill it!
Little Addie is 6 years old, and when she was just 3 years old she stopped growing which has caused her to only weigh 23 pounds. The doctors don’t know what is wrong with her… but they say she will probably only live roughly a year more.
Addie loves checking the mailbox and seeing if anything is for her… I mean what kid doesn’t! So, her Mother is asking everyone to send a Christmas card for her. They hope to cover every wall in their house with them!
If you would like to help by sending Addie and her family a Christmas card please send it to: Box 162, Fountain Green, UT 84632.
Sunset Crochet has announce the 4th Annual NICO Charity Challenge! This is a challenge that I took part in last year and I have signed up this year as well!
12 Hats. 12 Days. Are you ready?
They are challenging you to make 12 hats for the sweet little NICU patients during the 12 days of Christmas. I personally haven’t had a baby in the NICU, but my youngest received a knitted hat from a stranger when we were leaving the hospital. I can still remember how I felt that day (almost 3 years ago now) getting something so sweet for my little baby. Knowing that a perfect stranger took the time to make the hats for little people that she would probably never meet. It brought me such joy and happiness. I can only imagine how much more a family feels those emotions knowing that a complete stranger put the time into something for their littlest family member.
So, please sign up for this great challenge and spread some Holiday cheer this season! 20 different designers have come together to design different preemie hats for this years challenge. When signing up for the challenge you will receive these patterns through your email. You can use all of the patterns, one of the patterns or maybe a combination of a couple of them. That is totally up to you! When you are done with your hats please make sure that you share a photo of them with Sunset Crochet (either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by facebook) before you drop them off at your local NICU. She will post them to her blog as well as her facebook page for everyone to see.
Please click the image below to take you to her page so you can get more info about the challenge, see the beautiful hat designs and most importantly sign up!