My friend Lucy sent me a link to a very worthwhile project today. The Caps to Cap-Haitien Project is an initiative to send homemade knit caps for newborn babies to Haiti, as a part of a larger effort to create and distribute safe birthing kits. In addition to the little stocking caps to keep the babies' heads warm, the kits contain a plastic sheet, hand sanitizer, and a sterilized string and razor blade! As someone approaching labor myself, this seems like the epitome of "the bare minimum" necessary for a safe birth.
As it happens, I had thrown away a bunch of my husband's old T-shirts last night. There were so many that I had to cram them into the bedroom trash can with my foot. This morning, when I got Lucy's email, I took them back out.
The pictures show the before and after of the project. It took about three hours total to make forty little caps, and it did my heart good. I hope Paddington is willing to give up his hat for some little Haitian baby. If worse comes to worst, I can make him another.
Check out the Mama to Mama site, which is coordinating the homemade caps effort. There you can find a very easy pattern and instructions for making your own caps. I think this is worth the trouble, since it's barely any trouble at all, and could save some little baby's life.