Volunteer Spotlight Archives

A group such as The Preemie Project would be nothing without a dedicated group of volunteers. We feel lucky to have so many amazing people from all walks of life trying to help our organization. With each newsletter, we try to highlight different volunteers. This is the archive of those highlights. To each of you, please accept our heartfelt 'thanks.'

Chris Miller

My name is Chris Miller. I live in Solon, IA with my husband, Dennis, and our youngest son, JC. We have five grown children also. The eight year old was a ‘surprise’, but he is also the reason I was interested in The Preemie Project. He was born 5 weeks early and nothing fit him right, so when I read about Laura and TPP in the paper, I thought “this is something I can do.“

I have really enjoyed being a part of this group! I love seeing what everyone makes and meeting other volunteers. My favorite thing to do is making the hats and booties. I have made blankets and gowns, too, but they don’t go as fast, so I’m always doing two or three projects at a time!

Right now I have a hat, a scarf and a pair of booties on needles. I am proud to be a small part of TPP and hope it goes on for a very long time.


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The Relief Society (Dubuque, IA)

We are the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of Dubuque, Iowa. One objective of this women’s group is to exercise charity and nurture those in need. Last spring we decided the Preemie Project would be ideal for fulfilling this objective because it provides so many varied opportunities to share our talents with others. Every member of our organization can do something for the project: hand-made keepsake cards, knitting, crocheting, sewing, crafting, and donating items.

We have group workdays and also work individually. We have also involved the eight to eighteen year old girls in the project. They have helped on our workdays and created two quilts for donation. In the near future we will be instructing the girls on how to loom preemie hats for donation. We feel it is important for the youth to learn through practice the important principle of service to others.

The women often comment how meaningful it is to be able to bring a little comfort to those who are worried about the welfare of their little ones or are grieving. It enriches our life to know we have touched the hearts of others.


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Cherie Warner

Cherie Warner

Featured Volunteer Cherie Warner

I’m Cherie Warner, and I live with my husband, two college-aged sons and four cats in Trenton, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). I work at my church as the Children’s Choir Director and Assistant to the Music Director. I love to sing in various choirs there, and play the flute every now and then, as well. Relatives taught me how to knit and crochet when I was a little girl, so I’ve been at it for many years now! I also enjoy sewing, cross stitch embroidery, reading and gardening.

I joined The Preemie Project a little over a year ago. I had been looking around on-line for a place to donate baby items because I thought that making baby things would be a great way to use up the ever growing piles of yarn in the basement. Little did I know that it would be so much fun, and rewarding, to make these little baby things! And, no, I haven’t even made a dent in the yarn stash—I keep buying more!

Crafting for The Preemie Project is the perfect therapy for me. I get the joy of making the items, and the knowledge that the things I make are so appreciated by the families who receive them.


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