Featured Volunteer Tracy Batchelder
When I learned to knit four years ago, my mother-in-law encouraged me to find a charity to knit for. She knew first hand the joy that comes from knitting for others. Her needles were always busy with a hat or a sweater for a child in need. Following her example and in her memory, I began to knit for The Preemie Project in May 2005.
I live in Needville, Texas, which is near Houston. My husband, John, and I have two children. Our daughter is married and lives in Fort Worth. Our son just completed his first year at Oklahoma Christian University. An empty nest has its benefits: our time is more our own than ever.
I enjoy spending that time knitting for the babies. My favorite things to make are preemie hats. However, the most important items I knit are bereavement sets. It’s impossible to knit a tiny gown without thinking about how hard it would be to lose a child, so it’s a challenge sometimes, but I’m glad I’m able to share a little kindness with those who are grieving.
The highlight of being a volunteer for this group came last summer when I was able to attend a sewing weekend in Iowa. It was great to meet Laura and everyone in person. Working together we were able to sew almost 100
blankets! It was a wonderful experience and I hope one day I’ll be able to do it again. I had no idea back when I made my first preemie hat that this work would become such an important part of my life. You never know the impact your actions will have on someone else or how they will inspire those close to you, so I was touched and a little surprised when my husband wrote a song called Little Babies. A home recording of it is on The Preemie Project website. I hope it will encourage you, as it has me, to give your best for the little babies and their families.