UCOP’s Office of the General Counsel makes 140 hats for premature babies
It’s hard to arrive in this world early. You’re incredibly small, you need all the help you can get, and keeping warm can be a real problem. Fortunately, UCOP’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is on the case.
“We found out about UCSF’s Tiny Hats campaign about a month ago and our lunchtime knitting club took up the project,” said Christina Shallow, who helped coordinate the effort. “Before we knew it, we had knitted and crocheted 140 preemie hats! We were thrilled to do this. To think that those hats may save a preemie’s life just warms our hearts.”
A partnership of UCSF’s East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative and the Warm Up America! Foundation, the Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies initiative has been soliciting handmade hats for premature babies born in health facilities in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. In recognition of World Prematurity Day on Nov. 17, UCSF set a goal to collect 1,117 hats by that date. As of Oct. 23, they’d already received 1,800, with more pouring in. OGC’s own bundle of joy was delivered to UCSF on Nov. 2.
The dedicated group who created the 140 caps consisted of Cris Buckley, Julie Felkins, Rita Hao, Christine Moy Harmon, Annette Hayes, Sandi Hollenbaugh, Jan Kehoe, Julie Miller, Debbie Potter, Christina Shallow and Karen Vecchi. Other OGC staff supported the effort by contributing tools or materials, or offering their encouragement, guidance or time.
“This was a such a great experience for me,” said Hollenbaugh. “It was a joy to see how our group stepped up and challenged each other to produce as many hats as possible. I personally pushed my knitting skills as I had never made a hat before, let alone something so small! I enjoyed every minute of this project and the fact that we were able to provide so many with something so small and beautiful – it was inspiring!”
Link thanks Angela Hom for photos and reporting for this story.