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Mission Statement

The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa. We achieve our mission through the support of a devoted group of local and national volunteers.

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What's New?

Updated Urgent Needs 02/13/16

Crafters:  Below you will find a list of the items we are most in need of at this time.  Happy Crafting!

  • WHITE knit and crochet blankets for our infant bereavement program - Most needed sizes at this time are 15 x 15 inches, 25x 25 inches, 30 x 30 inches, 36x 36 inches
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  • Tiny knit and crochet buntings for early loss - here are our favorite patterns   Knit Burial Bunting  or Crochet Burial Bunting . The bunting need to be lined with soft flannel in pale pastel colors or tiny prints. The bunting should be between 7.5 inches and 8.5 inches total length.
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  • Knit Sleep Sacks for our Infant Bereavement program.  Here is a favorite pattern Knit Sleep Sack by Marcia Williams  We especially 2-3lb size and 3-5lb size in pale pastel pink and blue.  Refer to our Measurement Guide Make sure the gown is long enough for the chest measurement.  Bernat Softee Baby is a yarn that works well for these gowns.
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  • PURPLE NEWBORN SIZE hats for our 500 Purple Hat Challenge to benefit Iowa Click for Babies. Please visit our EVENT PAGE for all the information on this donation.
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  • We accept hats and booties for “Special Donations” anytime.  This year we will donate for 4th of July, Cyclone/Hawkeye Football game, Halloween, Christmas.  The more we receive, the more hospitals we can include in the donations. See our calendar of events for information on upcoming special events.
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  • At this time, we are overstocked on regular hats and booties of all sizes.  If you like to make hats, please limit your donations to hats for our special events.  See our calendar of events for information on upcoming special events.
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  • We DO NOT need donations of fabric hearts - Developmental Hearts.  We have received close to 14,000 in the last 6 months. If you have fabric hearts to donate, here is a list of Hospitals and Groups requesting Developmental Hearts.. If you are unable to download this list, please email us at and ask for this list.
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    Posted by Laura Pabich on Feb 13, 2016 at 8:08 am
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    500 PURPLE HATS!!

    The Preemie Project is very well stocked on regular (non-holiday) hats.  We are asking volunteers to pull out their PURPLE YARN!

    TPP has set a goal of 500 NEWBORN SIZED PURPLE HATS for the 2016 Iowa Click for Babies Campaign!  We would be thrilled to be able to present a huge number of hats to this wonderful organization.  Will you help?

    Please visit our EVENT PAGE for all the information on this donation.

    Now get those needles clicking!!!

    Posted by Laura Pabich on Jan 18, 2016 at 8:08 am
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    We have a NEW Address

    ATTENTION: Effective Immediately, The Preemie Project has a new mailing address. From here on, if you are mailing items, the address is

    The Preemie Project
    2607 Flagstone Court
    Coralville, IA 52241

    Volunteers that have been with us for the last 10 years will recognize this as our “old address”, otherwise known as TPP Headquarters. We are giving up our Post Office box because it has gotten too difficult to get donations picked up on a regular basis.

    We have not turned in our keys to the PO box yet and will not for several weeks. So, if you have sent a package there, we will get it picked up. Once we turn in a change of address all mail will be forwarded for 6 months. No worries if you accidentally send it to the wrong place. 

    Posted by Laura Pabich on Dec 11, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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