DIXFIELD – Log Cabin Craftworks invites all who are able to make one or more baby caps to be delivered to Washington, D.C., early next year to remind America’s leaders that simple, inexpensive solutions like knit or crochet caps can save millions of newborn lives.

Log Cabin Craftworks is distributing free patterns for crocheting and knitting the caps, which take about three-quarters of an ounce of yarn. For those who have no scraps of yarn, the business will provide some from a box of donated yarn.

Research shows that 70 percent of the 4 million newborn deaths that occur each year could be prevented if mothers and children in poor countries had access to simple health measures.

Keeping the baby warm is a program sponsored by the Warm Up America! Foundation and Save the Children. Since its founding in the early 1990s, volunteers have knitted and crocheted 12 million squares to be joined together to form thousands of afghans. The afghans have been distributed to homeless people and victims of disaster.

Now the organization is rallying knitters and crocheters in all 50 states to take part in the new program to make “preemie” caps to send to the Capitol in Washington to be distributed in developing countries overseas.

The deadline for submitting caps to Log Cabin Craftworks is any time prior to Christmas so that they can be packed and shipped to the foundation by the national deadline. More information and patterns may also be accessed on line at www.warmupamerica.org.

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