Raising funds for cute babies in purple hats

Sorority sisters & senior citizens join forces to stop shaken baby syndrome

SEATTLE -- Protecting cute babies in purple hats is uniting two generations of women living miles apart. They won't meet or mingle, but their partnership will save lives.

Throughout the Kappa Delta House at the University of Washington, sorority sisters plan fundraisers to help new parents cope.

"Last year alone, we raised over 112,000 dollars, said Maria Smith. 

Meanwhile, over at the Garden Club in Bellevue, senior citizens knit hats for the same cause.

Their combined efforts support a program at Seattle Children's called, The Period of PURPLE Crying.

"Period of PURPLE Crying is providing educational materials to families," said Christine Baker from Seattle Children's.  "All babies go through an increase in crying, so what we are trying to do is educate families."

"And, it explains to parents, it's normal to cry. All babies are going to cry and it helps tell parents how to deal with that", added Bailey Wilson from Kappa Delta.

"The main point is never shake a baby," said Baker.

"It reminds us that we are so strong and big and they are so tiny," said one of the knitters.

The symbolic purple hats are given to babies as soon as they're born. Their parents receive informational packets explaining the Period of PURPLE Crying and what to do about it.

"We are working to get that in the hands of all families and newborns in Washington state," said Baker.

The goal is to keep moms and dads calm and newborns safe from shaken baby syndrome.

"It's preventing child abuse and it's educating families," said Wilson.  

It's what drives the sorority sisters to organize fundraisers and the senior citizens to knit.  Together, they send a message that will give birth to more smiling babies in purple hats.

This Saturday, February 20th, Kappa Delta will be hosting their largest fundraising event of the year to support the Period of PURPLE Crying Program at Seattle Children's.  To find out more about their Reach For The Sky auction or to purchase tickets, click here



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