Tiny Treasures is a relatively new knitting and crochet charity that seeks to help premature infants born (and those who sadly leave too soon) all across the United Kingdom. They accept all kinds of clothing as well as stuffed toys. Founder Jess wrote this on the Tiny Treasures website: “Over 60,000 premature babies are born in the UK every year – that is at least 165 every single day. These babies need a lot of specialist care and have very specific requirements. Often babies in the Neonatal ward or in Neonatal Intensive Care do not wear anything other than a nappy and a hat. “As a lot of premature babies are unable to regulate their own temperature, the hats are essential to be able to keep heat inside the babies’ bodies. Hospitals understandably have very strict Infection Control procedures in order to keep infections to a minimum, so because of this each department will go through many hats at one time – so we can never have too many hats!” If you love to knit tiny clothing for premature babies, this could definitely be the charity for you!
How You Can Help
The Tiny Treasures website has a lot of helpful information that will give you guidance as to how you can help the UK’s premature babies. First, you should visit their “Donate” section. This offers a list of what the organization needs as well as some basic guidelines to knitting or crocheting for the babies. Next, you’ll definitely want to visit their “Patterns” section. They have both knitting patterns and crochet patterns, and as you can see, they have quite an extensive list of both! These are great resources to help you decide what to make. When you’re ready to donate, their contact page will give you information on where to send hats, as well as give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If you’d like to join their extensive Facebook community, you can do that as well. I often receive queries from UK folks asking where they might be able to send some of their handknits. I think you’ll agree that Tiny Treasures is definitely a group worth considering!