Who We are. Our mission
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... Learn More
The Preemie Project does NOT need plain knit or crochet hats, newborn or preemie sized, for use in Iowa NICUs. Please limit hat donations to those for our Holiday and Special Donations The hospitals we support receive too many regular hats, newborn and preemie sized. They have asked that we NOT donate plain hats to them. But, they LOVE to receive hats for holidays from TPP. As you plan your knitting and crocheting for the upcoming holiday season and new year, please … read more
Many thanks to 16 year old Charlie Liu for a great weekend of music benefitting The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and The Preemie Project. Charlie performed two concerts this weekend. He played Saturday evening, August 26 at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City and Sunday afternoon August 27, at Coralville Performing Arts Center. Charlie was born 7.5 weeks early, and had a month long stay in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. He … read more
The Preemie Project has a group of seamstresses that sew infant burial gowns from donated wedding dresses. At this time we enough gowns to keep us busy sewing for quite sometime. If you are interested in donating your dress, make sure you are signed up for our email list. We will include in a newsletter when we are needing more donated gowns.
Thank you to everyone that so generously made and donated to our annual NICU bedding drive. TPP elves are busy making donations of cute colorful bedding to Iowa NICUs. Donations are planned for University of Iowa Children’s Hospital NICU, St. Lukes and Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Blank Children’s and Mercy in Des Moines, Trinity in Bettendorf, Genesis in Davenport, Unity Point Allen in Waterloo. We collect bedding all year; so if you still have fabric in your stash or find … read more
There is an article on the internet going viral right now. “People are crocheting octopuses to help premature babies”. The Preemie Project does NOT need donations of these crocheted octopuses for several reasons: Because of recommendations for “Safe-Sleep” practices, The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital NICU and other Iowa NICUs will not accept any stuffed animals or blankets to be given to families for use in the NICU and take home. The other reason to not allow stuffed animals with the … read more