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Summit County locals needed to make baby clothes for charity

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SUMMIT COUNTY – To help new families who are financially unprepared, a local Warm Hearts-Warm Babies group is making infant clothing for area hospitals.

Avanelle Bond, a Keystone resident and the group’s leader, is seeking volunteers to make baby clothes and accessories. Warm Hearts-Warm Babies is a state-wide, volunteer-run charity whose helpers sew, knit, crochet and quilt for premature infants and babies in need.

“There are a lot of people who come up here for jobs, but don’t realize how costly it is to live up here,” Bond said. “The more help we get, the more we can make.”

The sewing group currently donates “layettes,” or baby baskets, to Vail Valley Medical Center and St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center. These starter kits contain 36-39 baby items, including clothing, booties, hats, quilts, burp cloths, toys and bottles. Some items are made, while others are purchased. Volunteers also create burial clothing and remembrances for families whose children don’t survive.

According to Bond, after the layettes are distributed, it’s up to the nurses to decide which families receive aid.

“It’s very handy for families who are low-income to (be able to) supply them with clothes for their newborn,” said Edith Tedder, a Vail Valley Medical Center neo-natal nurse practitioner. “Our staff appreciates it very much because a lot of times we don’t have the resources for them. This group fills that need for us.”

At the moment Bond said she works with 10 or so women from surrounding areas. They meet in Georgetown, but as more locals join gatherings could be held in Summit County. Bond added that volunteers don’t necessarily need to know how to sew or knit to help out. For example, someone instead could stuff hand-made toys, or other similar activities.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the local Warm Hearts-Warm Babies chapter should contact Bond at (970) 468-7898. For more information about the Colorado charity, visit

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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