When we live in a comfortable home, a comfortable town, even a comfortable nation, abject poverty can be difficult to imagine. For instance, it can be difficult to fathom a part of the world in which people can’t even bring their newborn babies home in warm, comfortable clothing.
Maybe we can (sadly) believe that such a thing is possible in third world countries. But can we believe it’s possible in our own country? If you live in the United States, it may be difficult to believe this can be a reality. Unfortunately, it is.
One such part of the country is Bayshore, New York. Bella’s Babies is a group of crafters who have dedicated themselves to clothing the newborn and premature babies born at Southside Hospital in this location. This hospital sees about 200 newborn babies each month, and according to the group’s head, Kelly, most of the families of these babies have nothing to take their babies home in.
How You Can Help
This is where Bella’s Babies steps in, and if you live in or near this part of New York, this is a natural place for you to send your charity knitting for babies and preemies.
The goal of Bella’s Babies is to send every baby home with a blanket and clothing set. They also help keep preemies warm and provide burial layettes for those babies who, sadly, don’t make it home.
The first thing you can do, if you would like to help, is check out the Bella’s Babies blog. Click the tab marked “What We Need” for a list of needs; click “Guidelines” to see what kinds of yarns should be used and other information; and check the “Where to Send” tab for shipping information and other last-minute details to attend to before you send any items you wish to donate.
A tab of “Patterns” can give you ideas for knitting patterns, if you don’t already have go-to patterns; for community and to ask questions, you can check the Bella’s Babies Facebook page or their Ravelry group.
This is a wonderful way to give a helping hand to poor families and offer love and support to the next generation through charity knitting!