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Friday, June 3, 2011

Click for Babies

Start Knitting Now To Prevent Infant Abuse.

Each and every day infants across North America are shaken and abused because the person caring for them became frustrated with their crying.

Many times the abuse could have been prevented had the person caring for the infant only known that early infant crying may be normal.

Click for Babies is a North America initiative to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying, how to cope with crying and the dangers of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant.

"Click" Your Needles Together!

You can make a difference and help prevent this abuse! Right now knitters and crocheters across North America are knitting PURPLE colored baby caps and sending them to organizers in select locations to distribute to babies during the month of November.

Organizers in the locations below are working diligently with knitters to collect enough caps to provide to every baby born in participating hospitals through the entire month of November.

Join the campaign now! Knit from 5 to 50 or any number in between of PURPLE colored baby caps using soft baby friendly yarn and send them to organizers in your state/province.

United States
Seattle Children’s Hospital
c/o Protection Program / Click for Babies
4800 Sand Point Way NE M/S W-3638
Seattle, WA 98105-0371

Northern Oregon (Portland/Salem Region)
CLICK for Babies
c/o Volunteer Services EH1073
The Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
2801 N Gantenbein Ave. Portland, OR 97227

Corvallis/Central Coast Region
Medford/Southwest OR Region

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
C/o Kimberly Buck
1433 North 1075 West, Ste 110
Farmington, UT 84025

Kansas Children's Service League
C/o Samantha Cotten
1365 North Custer
P.O. Box 517
Witchita, KS 67201

Central Iowa
Volunteer Services
Blank Children’s Hospital
1200 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Northern Iowa
Denise Easley RNC
St. Luke's Hospital NICU
1026 A Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

North Carolina
Center for Child and Family Health
Period of PURPLE Crying
C/o Julie Hansford
411 West Chapel Hill St. Suite 908
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 419-3474 ext. 239

British Columbia
ATTN: Claire Yambao, Provincial Program Coordinator
Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC
BC Children’s Hospital
4480 Oak Street, Room K1-201
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

Southwest Ontario
Denise Polgar
Injury Prevention Specialist Trauma Program
London Health Sciences Centre/Children's Hospital
800 Commissioners Road East
Room E1-129
London, Ontario N6A 5W9

If you live somewhere where a campaign hasn't been organized, that's okay. Still send your knitted caps to the:

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
C/o Click for Babies
1433 North 1075 West, Suite 110
Farmington, UT 84025

Your caps will still be distributed to participating birthing hospitals in select locations throughout November

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