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 that have become increasingly difficult to deal with. But, our special holiday hats are a HUGE hit with the families in the NICU. If you enjoy making hats, be sure to watch our EVENTS CALENDAR for all the latest news about upcoming special/holiday donations.
We will NOT be donating blankets of any kind to Iowa NICUs.
The only blankets we ask volunteers to make are knit or crochet blankets for bereavment purposes. Colors needed for those blankets are solid white, solid light pink or solid light blue (baby blue). Sizes needed are 15 inches x 15 inches up to 36 inches x 36 inches. We have a HUGE need for blankets for bereavement purposes.
In an effort to combat sudden infant death syndrome, most Iowa NICUs have stopped taking donations of blankets in order to model safe sleep practices. We currently have one hospital now that accepts blankets for their babies. That hospital receives blankets from many other sources in addition to TPP. We tend to become overrun by more blankets than can be stored easily.
Because we are a small organization, we just do not have the help to constantly find homes for overflow items. We appreciate your help and understanding.