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Local woman knits 55 infant hats

Debbie Sousa of Concord proudly shows off some hats she knitted.

Debbie Sousa of Concord proudly shows off some hats she knitted.

Debbie Sousa of Concord knitted 55 hats for the CLICK for Babies campaign and dropped them off at the New Hampshire Children’s Trust office in Concord. The nationwide campaign invites knitters and crocheters to make purple colored baby caps which will be delivered to families in November and December with information on the Period of PURPLE Crying, an evidence based program that educates parents about normal infant crying, ways to cope with the crying and the dangers of reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant. PURPLE is an acronym that describes the characteristics of a developmental stage of increased crying. Sousa told us more about her donation:

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO KNIT THE HATS?

I knitted 55 hats and it took me two and a half weeks. I made probably four or five a day.

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE CLICK FOR BABIES CAMPAIGN?

I go to Riverbend and I’m on the ACT (acute care treatment) team, and my case manager saw the ad and told me about it.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO HELP?

I grew up in foster care and I had people help me. I especially like helping children because I was an abused child. I would do anything to help a child. I don’t have any children of my own, but I try to help.

HOW DID YOUR DONATION MAKE YOU FEEL?

I have post traumatic stress disorder and when I do stuff for people it makes me feel happy and I don’t think about the bad memories of my childhood. It makes me feel like I did something good.

DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN ANY OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE?

I do stuff like this all the time. I’ve done it for Friends of Forgotten Children, CHaD Hospital and Hospice House. I made lap blankets for the elderly where I live in the Kennedy Building of the Concord Housing Authority. I do a lot of knitting and crocheting. I’ve made almost everything in my apartment.

Donations of yarn and gift cards are needed so that Sousa can knit more items for those in need. Send donations to Debbie Sousa, 1 Thompson St., Apt. 603, Concord, NH 03301.

To learn more about the campaign, log on to
nhchildrenstrust.org/click-for-babies.

NOELLE STOKES

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