Tuesday, September 19, 2006

One Year Old

The Preemie Project is one year old this month. It was September 2005 that this group made it's first donation of hats, booties and blankets to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. We were small in number then and worked hard to make enough items for that first donation.

In a year's time this group has grown by leaps and bounds. It is now a corporation with a board of directors and a large number of volunteers, both local and national. It soon will be receiving a tax exempt status.

What started with a simple request on a knitting blog to join together and knit for the little babies has turned into something much bigger than any of us (except Laura) could have imagined back then. There are now two chapters operating. One in Iowa and one in Michigan.

I've been with The Preemie Project since it's early days and I can say that even though it has grown quickly, it has not lost it's ability to make each volunteer feel a part of something special. Every donation and volunteer is truly appreciated. Join us and use your talents to help others. You'll be glad you did.

Today I spent some time at the sewing machine making blankets for The Preemie Project's upcoming Halloween donation.

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Twelve small blankets ready to be mailed as soon as I knit some more pumpkin hats and booties.

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11 comments:

  1. TPP is one year old...and think of how much work you've done for it in one year! Imagine what it would look like if you could pile up all of your TPP projects in front of you...

    Good job, Mom. Congratulations to you, Laura, and everyone who works for the little babies!

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  2. If there is any need of help on filing for the status just let me know. I can tell you the ends and outs etc.. Tell Laura if she needs my help then we will do our best!! Bless you Mary

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  3. Ohhh.....how wonderful! I want to donate. I may not be able to make Halloween, but I'll certain do something for Christmas. Do the hospitals like the isolette shirts? I've already got some cute Christmas fabric for those.

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  4. The blankets are adorable. They'll put a smile on some parent's face for sure.

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  5. Oh, SO cute! You do such wonderful work for the babies. I've told you before, but it just means SO, SO much to NICU/bereaved parents to have the special things for our babies. There are so many different directions you could turn your talents, and I'm so glad you're using them for the babies.

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  6. Tracy, I admire your dedication to this project!

    CUTE blankets!!

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  7. How cute, and soft looking!

    I didn't know there was a MI chapter. As soon as life lets me, that might have to be looked into. Thanks for the info.

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  8. Great blankets! It's such an honor to be one of the people working for the little babies! It's a lot of fun too, and trying new items/yarns doesn't take very long as they are so small. I'm going to link this to my post since you've said it all so well:D God Bless you and yours!

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  9. It certainly has been fun and fulfilling, hasn't it? I can't think of when I've enjoyed anything more than this group. How nice of you to post about the anniversary!

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  10. The blankets are just gorgeous, I love the print, is it flanelette?

    The Preemie project does amazing work and it is great that there are so many willing contributors.

    When I first saw your mini pumpkins, a pin cushion was exactly what I thought of.

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  11. Linda Aker6:02 PM

    Tracy,
    The Halloween fabric is much cuter than what we found. Thanks for the good words and all your hard work. It is amazing what has happened with TPP in last year. And to think I doubted my daughters vision. Thanks for all your support.
    Linda

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy