Just wanted to let you know how amazing you all are!! I asked for little hats and you certainly came through!! I didn't think to count the first batch but have done a guess on the number , which was about 100 and I have another 138 here to send down to them, which means we have knit approximately 238 hats!! That is just amazing!!
Please note this is an on going project so whenever you feel like knitting hats feel free to do so and drop them off!! Below is a lovely letter I received from HPIC thanking us for the first batch I sent and giving some more information about the hats. I thought you might be interested in reading it.
Take care and Happy knitting
Dear Friends and Knitters at The Purple Sock;
First of all, thank you so much for your donation of infant/preemie hats to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC). They are beautiful and we love that they are made with different kinds of wools. Since we ship all over the world, we appreciate the variety.
Did you know that something this simple knitted hat helps save a newborn’s life in many impoverished communities? It’s a scientific fact: A newborn’s head makes up to 21 percent of the total body surface area. Heat loss can occur for a newborn by escaping through the body surface. Because of the large ratio of head to body, it is important to keep the newborn’s head covered immediately after birth to reduce heat lossthrough the head. Using your knitting/crocheting skills has helped give a new baby a better start.
All hats will be distributed through our Humanitarian Medical Kits with a focus on Mother/Child health. program that runs in many developing countries. The Mother and Child Health Kit is an important initiative within HPIC’s Humanitarian Medical Kit Program. HPIC aims to support the ability of frontline health workers to provide responsive, quality care to young children and to women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the earlypost-partum period. The infant/preemie hats will be used in place of Styrafoam packing in these kits.
Again, thank you so much for your donation of infant/preemie hats to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC). The mother of the infant who receives it knows that someone took the time and care to make something special for her child. (Just a little note, we shipped a number of the hats to Uganda and Kenya. They should already be being distributed!)