Group in Pineville makes blankets for needy children

May 23, 2012 by  

The CMC-Pineville Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Pineville, North Carolina recently announced that it is accepting hand-made blankets for its unit. The NICU is no doubt using poster printing and flyer printing to make the community in Pineville and Charlotte aware of the need for blankets as, according to Tamara Dowless, NICU Nursing Manager, the blankets that are sent home with the babies often get worn out.

One of the primary sources for blankets in the Pineville and Charlotte areas is the recently-created local chapter of Binky Patrol, which is non-profit organization with national roots which makes and delivers blankets to children under the age of 18. The chapter was founded by Tina Roggenkamp, who has made more than 20 blankets herself for the local group.

Dowless pointed out that the blankets need to be washed and sterilized once they reach the hospital to insure that they are safe for the babies. Blankets cannot be scratchy because of the tenderness of the baby’s skins and should be made of cotton and not embellished. In addition, blankets should be thin, enabling the NICU can test the ability of the baby to keep its temperature.

Roggenkamp is currently working on three more blankets and has only one additional woman in her group that has offered to make blankets. They take some time to make, so the more people who help out, the greater number of babies that can receive blankets. They can be made of fleece or can be quilted, knitted, or crocheted by hand.