Lodge at Wake Forest residents knit hudreds of hats to raise awareness for SBS
A group of dedicated residents from Holiday Retirement at the Lodge at Wake Forest spent their summer hard at work in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Several residents joined with the Wake Forest Senior Center, Franklinton Senior Center, Knitters of Love and Bible study groups to knit purple hats to raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome (SBS). Through a partnership with CLICK for Babies, the Wake Forest-area seniors knit more than 700 purple hats to provide new parents with a gift and information on SBS.
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According to CLICK for Babies, SBS is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases and has been stated as a public health issue by the CDC. The Period of PURPLE Crying is the stage of crying that all babies go through in the first few months of life and is the reason the residents knit hats in various shades of purple. It is during this time that some new parents become so frustrated with infant crying that it tragically results in SBS in some cases.
This partnership between CLICK for Babies and the Lodge at Wake Forest is quickly becoming an annual tradition, as the community nearly doubled the number of hats from last year’s haul of 413. The impressive number of hats could not be reached without the senior living community who gave time, money and yarn for this worthwhile cause.
Jill Shepard, office manager for the retirement community, could not be more proud of her residents, “The dedication of our residents is so impressive. They spent the majority of their summer working for this great cause and to knit over 700 hats in just a few months is truly remarkable.”
Holiday Retirement at Lodge at Wake Forest has since sent all the hats to area hospitals in support of CLICK for Babies and is already setting their sights on 2017.
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