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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

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1-1.5 lb: Goal: 20


2-3 lb : Goal 45


3-5lb: Goal 100


6-8lb: Goal 100


9-11lb: Goal 35


updated 08/03/2017

Latest News

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

Welcome to our new website! We have worked hard to condense the information and present it in an easy to understand format. We welcome any comments or questions. Email Us: Message us on Facebook

In a continuing attempt to make sure that we are donating what is needed and will be used, there will be a couple changes in 2017 We will NOT be donating regular hats to Iowa NICUs. We will only donate our Holiday/Special Event hats or hats for bereavement purposes. Many individuals now take knit and crochet hats directly to the NICUs; the need for TPP to donate regular hats has been too sporadic. This results in huge overflows at TPP headquarters … read more