Alana Folen
Wednesday - October 13, 2010
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Lucy Ige, president of the Joyful Club for seniors at the Windward Church of the Nazarene, has always loved to crochet. Now, this Kahaluu resident is using that hobby to help save the lives of newborn babies in some of the world’s poorest countries one cap at a time - all thanks to the Save the Children Federation Inc.

“When the church announced they were going to start four adult classes on Wednesday nights, I felt it would be nice to have a craft class teaching crocheting, starting with a simple baby cap. This was just a thought, and I didn’t pursue it,” Ige recalls. “Coincidentally, four days later, I happened to be reading Crochet Magazine online and the topic Caps for Good Campaign’ popped up. When I read the article, I knew this was meant for me to go forth with.”

Ige will hold a free crochet class from 9 to 10 a.m. this Saturday at Windward Church of the Nazarene (45-232 Puaae Road) in Kaneohe. She will provide yarn and needles to beginners, teaching them how to crochet simple baby beanies.

“I’ve started crocheting baby caps every day for four to six hours and have taught my daughter, who is also crocheting baby caps.

“By taking part in this campaign, it feels good to play a part in saving these poor, precious babies all over the world. For each cap, we also include a tag with a personal note from our fellow American crocheters to moms, letting them know that we care for their health, happiness and well-being,” Ige adds, noting that the campaign is set to end in February.

The caps will be distributed to pregnant women and new mothers in Asia, Africa and Latin America to ensure that infants there have a better chance of surviving the critical first month of life.

For newborns, warmth is especially crucial as they don’t have the calories to waste on maintaining their temperature. Research also shows that more than half of the nearly 4 million newborns who die each year can be saved.

“My goal is to make 1,000 caps,” Ige states.

And by the looks of it, she’s well on her way to warming the hearts and souls of little ones across the world this holiday season.


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