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October 13

“Boo in the NICU” Halloween Donation

Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays in Iowa NICUs. This is when TPP volunteers pull out all of their creativity and create colorful costumes for Iowa NICU babies.

Halloween in the NICU used to mean Pumpkin hats and booties.  Pumpkin hats and booties are still wonderful!!  In the past couple of years, we have expanded this to include costume hats, booties, cocoons, diaper cover, costume bibs, and other NICU sized cute dress-up items.  Ideas for “costumes” includes Disney themed, Animals, Witches and Ghosts, Frankenstein Hats, etc. This is one donation where our volunteers can be as creative as they want.  Last year we had butterflies, dragons, superhero capes, witch capes, mermaid tails, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mickey, Minnie……The sky is the limit.

Items may be sewn, knit or crocheted.

If you have an idea for a costume and need help figuring how to size it for the little ones, please Contact Us and ask for help.

NOTE: This is the one donation of the year that we request booties for all the hats.  If you do not make booties for any other donation, please consider making them for this one. They complete the costume.

Patterns and Guidelines:
Click here for holiday pattern ideas we have collected on our Ravelry Page.  Many of these are already sized properly for preterm and newborn infants.

We are also collecting ideas on our Pinterest Board. Click here to view it now.

If you need help finding an appropriate pattern, please Contact Us and ask for help.

Donation Goals:
We are hoping to bring this donation to as many NICUs as possible.  The more items we receive, the more hospitals we can support!

Costume Sets:
1-1.5lb   20 sets

2-3lb   40 sets

3-5lb   90 sets

6-8lb   90 sets

9-11lb   40 sets

Please put your items in the mail by Friday, October 13th, 2020
Mail Items to:
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

Items may also be left on the front step at the above address. Please include your name and email address so we know who to thank

If it is more convenient, items may be dropped off at a Donation Center.

This donation will be made to the hospitals we support on or before October 31st, 2019. Let’s make this Halloween particularly “Cute and Spooky”!


October 13
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The Preemie Project