you're busy knitting and crocheting gifts for the upcoming holiday
season, consider reaching out to those in need and sharing your skills.
Each month Lion Brand features a charity that is asking for you, the
knitters and crocheters of the world, to help make a difference. This
month, we highlight the Knitting for
Noggins program, collecting knit and crochet hats for children
of all ages -- and even their parents -- being treated at Arkansas
Children’s Hospital (ACH).
Arkansas Children’s Hospital, located in Little Rock, is the only
pediatric hospital in Arkansas as well as one of the largest pediatric
hospitals in the country. ACH serves children from newborns up to 21
year-olds. Started in 2007, Knitting for Noggins received over 27,000
hats last year and is aiming for 30,000 for this year.
far in 2008, Knitting for Noggins has collected over 25,000 knit and
crocheted hats for both the children staying at the hospital and their
families. They prefer brightly colored and creative looking hats to
brighten up the families’ hospital stays. Hats should be about the size
of a cantaloupe or bigger, as the hats go to both children and their
parents. Patterns are available on ACH's website, or click
here to see some great patterns on our Pattern Finder. You are
encouraged to be creative and have fun making the hats! Hats should be
fun and playful to warm the children's heads and remind them and their
families that people care.
Knitting for Noggins asks that hats be odor and pet hair free. For
privacy reasons notes cannot be attached to the hats. The hats should
only be made out of new yarn, rather than reused materials. For more
information on where to mail finished hats, as well as other
guidelines, please click
here to visit the Knitting for Noggins page on ACH's website.
For any questions about Knitting for Noggins, please contact
Volunteer Services at Arkansas Children's Hospital directly.
For more charity opportunities, click for our
Charity Connection database.