Samaritan Health Services is launching the second annual Click for Babies campaign, to help raise awareness and prevent infant abuse during the normal period of infant development when babies cry more than any other time, sometimes inconsolably.
Beginning now and continuing through November, knitters and crocheters are invited to create any number of purple colored baby caps and bring them to a Samaritan hospital where caps will be distributed to the parents of newborn babies.
The inaugural campaign in 2011 netted more than 1,100 caps throughout Samaritan’s service area in Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties.
The purple caps will serve as a reminder of the Period of PURPLE Crying® prevention program, an educational program for parents of newborns at all five Samaritan hospitals. The program provides life-saving information about normal infant crying and the dangers of reacting to that crying in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant. The goal is for the purple caps to help create awareness and reinforce information contained in the PURPLE program to families.
Purple baby caps may be dropped off at the following locations:
Samaritan Albany General Hospital, front desk – 1046 Sixth Ave. SW
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, front desk – 3600 NW Samaritan Drive
Creative Crafts and Frame Shop - 934 NW Kings Blvd.
Samaritan Business Services Office, 325 Industrial Way
Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, front desk - 3043 NE 28th St.
Samaritan Pacific Patient Financial Services, lobby, 705 SE Coast Hwy
Yarn For All Seasons, 3101 SE Ferry Slip Rd #223
If you are interested in knitting or crocheting caps, call Joni Scholz, SHS perinatal educator, at (541) 768-6460, or visit clickforbabies.org for more information and a collection of baby cap patterns.
To learn more about the Period of PURPLE Crying Prevention Program, visit purplecrying.info.