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Needleworks Knits Caps for Newborns in Need

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More than 400 caps were knitted for Save the Children's "Caps for Good" campaign
2/25/2011 —

Penn State Brandywine Knittany Lion Needleworks volunteers picked up their crochet hooks and participated in Save the Children’s “Caps for Good” campaign, which provides aid to four million newborn babies in poor countries who receive insufficient medical care. The group made 492 newborn caps, surpassing its previous record of 311 in 2008.

“We are thrilled with the increasing number of donations each time we work with Save the Children,” said Laura Guertin, co-chair of Knittany Lion Needleworks and associate professor of earth and mineral sciences at the campus.

Sophomore Eileen Fresta, a Schreyer Honors Scholar, made 50 of the 492 newborn caps.

“It seemed amazing that something that took so little of my time could potentially have such an enormous impact somewhere else in the world,” she said.

In addition, several residents at Granite Farms Estates also participated in the “Caps for Good” campaign, knitting a majority of the caps.

Guertin is nominating Knittany Lion Needleworks for the campus’ Diane D. Shorter Outstanding Community Service Award, which recognizes organizations that contribute to the spirit of civic engagement through raising awareness of and enlisting campus involvement toward supporting a cause. Guertin believes the organization unifies faculty, staff, students, alumni and even those with no previous connection with the University.
“We need to remember what it means to be Penn State,” she said. ‘We Are Penn State’ means that we are a land-grant institution that has a mission to serve the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond.”

In March, Knittany Lion Needleworks will join the Schreyer Honors Program at Penn State Brandywine in its attempt to raise awareness about human trafficking and slavery. The group will create blue and white scarves for survivors of human trafficking and slavery.

“I am looking forward to Dr. Guertin’s next project for the Knittany Needleworkers,” Fresta said.

For more details on upcoming events, visit the Knittany Lion Needleworks blog: http://tinyurl.com/knittanylionneedleworks/ online.

--Written by senior Justin Carrington

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