Baby Love Blanket Drive

For the second year in a row, Twisted is proud to be a drop-site for the Baby Love Blanket Drive. Make a blanket and keep babies warm this winter! We are accepting blankets until December 23rd here at Twisted, or, if you’d rather, you can mail them directly to Willow Birth (Baby Love Blanket Drive, 4408 SE 67th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206) by December 29th. We have already received some gorgeous blankets (and even some booties, to boot!) The Baby Love Blanket Drive is also accepting baby clothes, toys, hats, mittens, socks, shoes, scarves, slings, really anything small and soft for baby.

Here’s more information, straight from the Willow Birth website:

What is the Baby Love Blanket Drive?

The Baby Love Blanket Drive is a 2 month long, charity craft-along (Oct- Dec) where people in Portland, Oregon (and beyond) will knit, crochet and quilt blankets for newborns in need.

On the last week of December, we will pick up the blankets from drop sites, wrap them and deliver them to our charities in the first week of January, when donations take a sharp decline.

Why are we doing this?

In 2007, 5 doulas decided to help keep babies warm over the winter by sponsoring a handmade blanket drive for the Portland area. By 2008 we officially became Willow Birth and focused our mission to Promote Peace at Birth.

Our little group is now composed of doulas and midwifery students, and by 2010 we hope to add midwives, doctors, childbirth educators, lactation specialists, massage therapists, naturopaths and anyone else interested in making the lives of women better.

We are proud to again offer this drive to let you, the good and talented citizens of Portland keep babies warm and hearts full this winter season!

Why handmade items?

We believe that an item made by hand and with love is more valuable than a store bought one, and we believe that all babies deserve to have something special made just for them. Each of us has the power to create something lovely, but if we band together, we can create a thousand lovely things, a thousand loving hands creating comfort for newborn life.

As childbirth professionals, our hands help women find their strength as mothers, provide calm when things are tense and give comfort to the pain of childbirth. It is not accident that so many of us work with fiber, as it is these same three things, strength comfort and calm that somebody the creation of a handmade item .

All of us at Willow Birth have seen the price babies pay in the Northwest when there are not enough resources to feed and clothe them. We can’t save all the babies, but we can give a few a warm blanket crafted with love, and we think you can too.

Thanks, everyone!