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Posted: April 27, 2013 5:41 p.m.

Church stitches hats for infants

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People who enjoy needlework are invited to lend their hearts and hands to a crochet project for the Newton Medical Birth Care Center. If you’re not crafty, you can still help by donating items to help the cause.

The Church Mouse Needlers of Mansfield United Methodist Church, 3101 Main Street Ga. Highway 11, invite anyone interested in creating baby hats and other knit accessories to join them every second, third and fourth Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall.

The group welcomes everyone from beginners to experienced needle artists. Participants share ideas, patterns, and expertise. There are no fees, and children from fourth grade and up are welcome.

According to members, The Church Mouse Needlers provides knitted, loomed and crocheted baby hats to the Birth Care Center of Newton Medical Center. Approximately 800 babies are born at the hospital every year, and many need hats.

The group crocheted 67 hats in February, 48 in March, and expects to make a contribution to the medical center every month. Due to inexperience with the loom method, the group also has some hats that are too large for babies and will fit larger children. It is willing to donate them to charities.

Any charity needing hats for children can contact Betty Biggers Smith at 770-786-7720 or Helen Harris, 770-784-1154.

If you wish to provide hats, either as a group or an individual, contact Cathy Williams, First Steps coordinator of the Birth Care Center, at 770-385-4396. The hospital also needs tiny preemie outfits, which can behand- or machine-made as well as knitted or crocheted.

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