Featured Volunteer Marcia Williams
Hi, I’m Marcia Williams. I have recently moved with my husband to a home close to where I grew up in central Illinois. It’s a nice change from the Chicago suburbs where I’ve lived for the last 30 years or so. My husband and I continue to work as the advertising department for our Chicago-area employer by taking advantage of our internet connection to the company. I have three sons who are now grown, educated, employed and in their own homes. Two are married, and the oldest has given me three grandchildren in rapid succession . . . which brings me to how I found The Preemie Project. I was searching online for hat and blanket patterns for my newest grandson when I stumbled upon this organization.
The Preemie Project immediately interested me because I have twin nephews who were born almost three months early in 1991. From that experience, I learned how much tension parents can feel when their infants are so very fragile. I remember that every kindness meant a lot to them. That is why I decided to start making hats, booties, blankets, and bereavement items for this cause. By the way, my nephews are now 16-year-old honor students, so be assured that it is possible for some of these babies to thrive.
I have truly enjoyed working on these tiny baby things. I particularly like to make complete outfits, because I like to imagine a baby using the whole ensemble. There is one thing I’d like to emphasize for those who are interested in knitting, crocheting or sewing for us. You don’t need to be an expert or have any fancy equipment. I don’t even know how to use double-pointed needles, and my sewing machine is a 1950 model that is older than I am! There are many very easy patterns provided on The Preemie Project website, so there isn’t any need to feel intimidated. Happy New Year! Let’s all work to make 2008 the best donation year yet for this worthy cause.