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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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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


Volunteers were wonderful at responding to our needs in 2015. We find ourselves overstocked on the following items

  • 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.

  • We DO NOT need donations of “Button Buddies”.  We have received enough to last 5 years.

  • We have limited need for regular (non-holiday) hats and booties.  The biggest need is for the 6-8lb and 9-11lb size in pink and blue.  Please do not send more than 20 regular (non-holiday) hats in one donation.  If you have a group wanting to do a large donation, please contact us at and ask how you can help.
    Posted by Laura Pabich on Dec 26, 2015 at 6:06 am
  • Updated Urgent Needs 12/26/15

    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 - sized 15 inches square up to 36 inches square

  • 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.

  • Knit Sleep Sacks for our Infant Bereavement program.  Here is a favorite pattern Sleeper Sack by Debbie Cowherd  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.

  • 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
  • Posted by Laura Pabich on Dec 25, 2015 at 7:07 am

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