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Simple sewing projects, handmade baby caps, holiday stockings for newborns and comfort pillows are made by Auxiliary volunteers and shared with patients. You can feel especially good about the gift you make to the Auxiliary because 97 cents of every dollar goes to PinnacleHealth in support of patient care services.

The Auxiliary welcomes crafters of all ages to participate in our organization. These dedicated volunteers work from home and donate their time and talent to completed projects distributed to patients. throughout our hospitals.

Since 1999, throughout the summer and fall months, many busy fingers have worked to cut out and sew beautiful handmade holiday stocking buntings for our newborns. During the week of Christmas, all newborns are given a beautiful stocking to go home snuggled inside.

December 23, 2008, Jake and Susan Waybright, pictured above, became the proud parents of Naomi. Naomi went home in one of these special stockings. Each year her parents have taken a photo of their daugher with her stocking. At "four and three quarters years old," Naomi was proud to share she had outgrown her stocking.

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The Auxiliary also welcomes volunteers to help with making newborn baby caps. For those interested in knitting or crocheting these baby caps we provide the following tips:

  • Use any 3-ply baby yarn (“Sport weight’ is a favorite – it’s nice and easy to work with). Some yarn labels don’t list the ‘ply’, so just take the end of the yarn, and separate the pieces. If there are 3, it’s 3-ply yam! You can use “fingering” yarn, but it is finer, and the hat will be thinner. Please do not use 4-ply yarn.
  • No wool content (allergies) or all cotton (stretches out) - 100% acrylic is best. “Feel” the yarn before you buy — definitely, some are softer.
  • Pastels are preferred, but other colors are ok, too.
  • Babies come in all sizes, from the tiny 4-pounders to the occasional 10-pounders so all size hats are welcome.
  • Wash your hands each time before knitting. This keeps the yarn clean.
  • You can be as creative as you like with these hats!! However, no buttons, bows, or gems on the hats, please! These are a choking hazard.

Please return completed baby caps to either Volunteer Services or one of our Gift Shops or call 657-7124 for more information..