Volunteer Your Time and Talent
Caring Hearts & Hands volunteers work at home or as part of a community group to make hats, sweaters and blankets for Care New England’s tiniest patients as well as adults who can benefit from the warmth of a blanket, quilt or hand made hat.
Preventing hypothermia in babies has been the focus of our program since its inception. Hats in soft colors adorn the newborn babies in their rooms as well as in the, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These hats prevent the loss of body heat during a time when the babies are trying to maintain their body temperature. The hats later serve to keep a baby warm when they are taken outside and then become mementos of the baby's birth.
Hat patterns fit an average size baby. They are cuffed or un-cuffed, depending on the baby's size. Caps in soft pastel colors are most versatile. Baby yarn is preferred because hats conform better to the tiny heads, but any soft, washable yarn is acceptable.
Some volunteers make small quilts which are used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where our premature and sick babies may have an extended stay. The quilts are used to keep light out of the isolettes and add a warm touch to the unit.
Over the years, the program has expanded to use by our adult patients. Quilts, blankets and hats are distributed in our Infusion Centers, in the Palliative Care Program and on nursing units to keep patients warm and comfortable.
If you are making a donation, please fill out a contribution form to document your name, contact information and a total of donated items. If you are delivering more than one package, please be sure each has a name and number of items securely attached to each. After your first delivery, we will assign you an ID number to make it easier for us to track donations and to say thank you!
Where Do I Bring My Items?
You can deliver your handmade articles to the Kent Hospital Information Desk located at 455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick, RI. The Desk is open Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Again, please be sure that your name, address, and telephone number are included with each bag that is donated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hats for the full-term babies are needed the most. These should measure no more than six inches in length and we suggest the circumference be no more than 14 inches. Keep in mind that a hat can never be too small, but can be too big for this newborn program.
Yes, however our current donations of these are more than adequate for our needs.
Unfortunately, storage does not allow for this and we cannot distribute such donations appropriately.
An appropriately sized quilt would measure 40 inches by 40 inches or close to it. These quilts are used to drape over the babies’ isolettes.
We need afghans that measure 24 to 30 inches wide by 32 to 36 inches long for cribs, carriages and car seats.
You can use any type of yarn, with the exceptions of wool or anything that sheds like eyelash or fun yarn. We prefer baby soft or sport yarn in pastel colors.
No, except a tightly secured pom-pom. Pins or decals should not be used ever.
No there is no need as babies are adjusting to the environment. Clean, new yarn does not pose a risk.
Yes, but please be sure your finished hat measures no more than six inches in length with a circumference no more than 14 inches.
The focus of this program is for our newborn babies, however, we can send any adult items to our Program in Women’s Oncology. Please make note in your delivery of your intention for such a donation.