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WANTED: Warm Toasty Hats For At-Risk Babies

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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd

Summer is rumored to be on the way. Daylight savings is about to begin and Cleo magazine has published a reasonably disturbing article called, “Bikini Boot-Camp” (which helpfully suggests losing weight while also explaining that the most important bikini must-have is confidence). 
Unfortunately it’s not all BBQ binges and crash diets for everyone – least of all for babies born in the chilly Rwandan mountains, where hypothermia is a serious threat and one in ten infants die within their first year.
Now, I’m not writing some clichéd just-one-dollar-a-day crap. I’m writing because there are some very simple, practical things we can all do to help – and I can’t think of any reason why we shouldn’t.
Partners in Health are seeking woolly hats and beanies to keep the noggins warm of the 100 new babies that are born every month in the Burer District Hospital, Rwanda. This is not a big deal – most babies (should) get a woolly hat to wear when they leave the hospital. Especially when there’s a nasty nip in the air. Unfortunately not all newborns have had a plump granny sitting around for 9 months carefully knitting them matching little outfits ready for their arrival. This is why the “Hot Heads Knitters” project was born! If you can knit and are actually thinking you’d really like to take me up on this idea (I would be so stoked) you can get some pattern ideas from the Hot Head Knitters Blogspot.
Here’s the deal: Get into the Christmas Spirit early this year. If you can knit, great, otherwise you can always find incredibly cheap winter woollies for babies in Op Shops, or maybe you have some old stuff lying around the house that is no longer being used. (Don´t forget premature babies have smaller heads).
Send the baby hats to:
Jesse Greenspan
Partners In Health, Attn: Baby hats
888 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02215
United States of America

And Partners in Health will arrange the shipping to the hospital in Rwanda.
C’mon, that’s something easy enough for us all to do, and it’s about time we made more of an effort to share globally. What the hell – throw in some little booties as well.

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