Kay Stephenson, with the Dallas Chapter of Newborns in Need, tells us about the organization and how we can help. You’ll find donation boxes at each Destination shop along the Yarn Crawl route. Any kind of yarn you need to de-stash will be gratefully accepted. Any yarn the group can’t use directly for babies will go to other charities where the fiber content will be most suitable.
Lighten your load of yarn you likely won’t use, and then find some beautiful new treasures at the shops you visit. Win-win for everyone!
Kay, tell us about the work of Newborns in Need:
Newborns In Need, Inc. (NIN) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that provides blankets, baby clothes and other essential items to babies that are born sick, premature or into economic crisis. Patricia Clay-Jolly founded the Dallas Area Chapter in October 1999. The volunteers of the Dallas Area Chapter make quilts, afghans, receiving blankets, clothes, hats, booties, and other baby items. The Parkland Health and Hospital System distributes the majority of the monthly donations from out local chapter, but support for newborns is also provided through Nexus, Family Place, Sharing Life and Hope for Refugees each month.
The goal of Newborns in Need – Dallas Area Chapter is to provide each baby that is born in need with a warm blanket or quilt, a shirt, a hat, and a pair of socks or booties. NIN volunteers make most of these items at home and at the weekly work meetings. Materials needed are often provided by our volunteers, but we also rely on donations from individuals, group fundraising and grants or gifts from organizations. We are challenged each month to meet the growing needs and always welcome donations of yarn, cotton fabric (quilting cotton, flannel and fleece), handmade or store bought newborn – 3 month clothing (hats, shirts or onesies, sweaters, booties, socks, bibs), baby blankets (afghans, receiving blankets, quilts) and cash donations. Donations are tax deductible.
For the October yarn crawl, a variety of yarn donations would be welcomed! Three-ply and sport weight yarn is ideal for knitted and crocheted hats and booties, 4 ply or worsted weight can be used for afghans and loom knitted hats, cotton yarns can be used to make washcloths, and some of the unique specialty yarns are used to crochet around fleece blankets. We always use soft washable yarns with no wool content (due to allergies and tender skin).
If you are interested in learning more about our chapter and opportunities to volunteer: