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It’s sometimes the smallest things that have the biggest impact. Knitting a hat or blanket or even donating pocket change can dramatically save the lives of those in developing countries.

Save the Children is a non-profit organization that works to create opportunities around the globe … for the world’s children to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives,” according to its Web site. The organization reports that four million newborns die each year within the first month of life, half within only the first 24 hours of being born. It has been proven that simple items like caps can help keep a newborn warm and help prevent deaths. Save the Children’s Knit One, Save One campaign collects and creates caps to do just that.

A rising number of Hollywood stars such as Debra Messing, Patricia Arquette, Mischa Barton, and Rebecca Romijn are making caps for the campaign to help save millions of babies around the world in developing countries, and Penn State Brandywine has quickly joined the cause.

Members of the campus community, including a group called Knittany Lions Needleworks, and a large group of knitters and crocheters at Granite Farms Estates have teamed up with the Knit One, Save One campaign to help save children around the globe by making caps. Dr. Laura Guertin, associate professor of earth sciences and Diane Shorter, staff assistant of Student & Enrollment Services, created Knittany Lions Needleworks in 2003 by making blankets for Project Linus, an organization that provides blankets for children in hospitals to provide them with a sense of security.

“I think Save the Children is an outstanding organization,” Guertin said. “It gives children a voice and secures resources they need for long and healthy lives. I am glad our Penn State community is taking some time to help in these efforts.”

All Penn State family and friends are invited to help make caps for newborns. Those that do not knit, sew, or crochet can participate by donating yarn. Caps can be dropped off on campus in the Student Affairs Office until December 15. For more information, contact Laura Guerting at uxg3@psu.edu.

For more information about Save the Children, visit http://www.savethechildren.org/.

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