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Senior Center's heart felt knitters step up for babies in need

Volunteer, Anna Hoffman
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During the winter of 1983 the local news media featured several stories on the problem of infant mortality in Chicago and on the effects of malnutrition on the city’s infants. INFANT, Inc. solicits donations for the purchase of baby formula at the lowest available cost and delivers it promptly to food pantries, shelters and other social service agencies. The formula is distributed at the discretion of their directors, who are knowledgeable in distribution policies.  INFANT, Inc. delivers to approximately 55 agencies throughout the city and in some suburbs for their emergency formula needs.

INFANT, Inc. also distributes layettes for newborn babies to social service agencies that work with young mothers, including homeless shelters or residents for expectant mothers.  The social worker will call when there is a mother in need, and then the basket is delivered by a volunteer close to the baby’s birth. Each layette consists of baby outfits, onesies, receiving blankets, sweaters, a blanket, sleepers, bibs, diapers and a toy. (Valued at $200) When possible, we try to include handmade items, such as blankets and/or sweaters and caps.

This is where Anna Hoffman and her volunteer team of heart felt knitters and crocheters have stepped in to help.  On Monday, February 13, 2017, Lisa Iberle, an INFANT board member came in and gave a small presentation on the mission of the organization and to personally thank the ladies for their contributions. These ladies donated 60 sets of beautiful blankets, sweaters, caps, and toys. The care and attention to detail in these creations make them priceless.  Anna has been teaming up with INFANT Inc. for 6 years now assisting with their mission to provide for families that have no other resources to support their babies.  Learn more about INFANT , Inc. Mission. 

The AHPD at the Senior Center would like to thank each of these generous volunteers for sharing their time and talents with this wonderful cause.  If you would like more information on the knitting/crochet program at the AHPD please contact the office at 847-797-5341.

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