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Knitters Donate Purple Caps for Infants

More than 1,000 baby caps, in all shades of purple were donated to Samaritan Health Services by knitters and crocheters in response to the Click for Babies campaign, which raises awareness for the Period of PURPLE crying®. 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.

Joni Scholz, SHS nurse educator and coordinator for the Click for Babies campaign, is excited to see all of the donated caps. “The program has grown over the past few years, but the response this year has been exceptional,” she said.

Each baby born at a Samaritan hospital will receive a purple cap to remind parents of the Period of PURPLE Crying® prevention program, an educational program for parents of newborns at all Samaritan hospitals. The goal is for the purple caps to help create awareness and reinforce information contained in the PURPLE® program to families.

Samaritan Health Service Hospitals will start the 2018 collection of purple colored caps in April, which marks child abuse prevention month. Any interested knitters and crocheters can call Joni Scholz at 541-768-6460 or visit for a collection of baby cap patterns.

Visit to learn more about the Period of PURPLE Crying® Prevention program.