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March 23, 2014

Local group knits hats for hospital initiative

On Thursday, March 20th, the Knit-Wits group of Woodward donated homemade purple hats to Woodward Regional Hospital to support the “PURPLE” initiative.

The term “PURPLE” represents different infant behaviors that are often misconstrued and considered abnormal. The “PURPLE” program is focused on educating parents on normal infant behaviors in order to decrease the incidents of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“Our knitters are very pleased to be able to put all of their knitting skills and their needles to good use by whipping up tiny caps to help them raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome,” said Cindy Colclasure, a member of the Knit-Wits.

The group learned of the “PURPLE” initiative when they were contacted by a staff member at the hospital.

The Knit-Wits are a knitting group that meets at the library the first and third Thursday of every month. They have been meeting for two years and have around 15 regular members and two instructors that are there to assist. They are always open to new members.

“We welcome knitters of all levels from beginner to well experienced,” Colclasure said.

They have been working on the hats since January and it continues to be an ongoing project, Colclasure said. It is not necessary to be a member of the Knit-Wits to create purple infant hats for donation. Crocheted hats are also needed as well. For more information on the Knit-Wits contact Colclasure at the Woodward Public Library. (580) 254-8544.

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