The charity featured today on Thoughful Thursday is very close to my heart. I have set up ‘Lily’-Love In the Language of Yarn in memory of my grand-daughter Lily Iris Gibson born sleeping 18th July 2010.
Our Mission is To bring love and a smile to all children in need around the world. We provide hand knit and crocheted items for children, mainly orphans but any child in need. We are a new organisation and our first assignment is to provide blankets for Syrian refugees in Turkey. For our second assignment with have teamed up with Premature Bebek a non profit organisation in Turkey helping to raise awareness of premature births. We have been asked to help provide knitted garments for several neonatal intensive care units in Aydin, Izmir and Bodrum.
A premature baby, or preemie, is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. Premature birth occurs in between 8 percent to 10 percent of all pregnancies. Because they are born too early, preemies weigh much less than full-term babies. They may have health problems because their organs did not have enough time to develop. Preemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own. Premature babies are amazing – they can grow and thrive despite huge obstacles, and catch up to full-term babies in both size and development.
Calling All Knitters!
Please Help us to knit for premature babies.
Here is a free booklet containing some helpful information a basic knitting patterns for premature baby hat, booties, cardigan and hoodie + pant set.
Knitting for Premature Babies
Can you spare a little of you time to knit for premature babies?
Email email@example.com for the postal address.
You can also find us at: https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn where I will be adding more knitting and crochet patterns, links to patterns and information updated daily.
I hope this has inspired you to get your knitting needles out and knit for premature babies! You don’t have to be a brilliant knitter, and it’s very rewarding!
‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets and garments to receiving agencies.
‘Lily’ has no paid employees. All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
‘Lily’ wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us. Without you, there would be no ‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn. We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.
Dianne Jones – Founder of ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn.