Premature babies get quilts for Christmas with Tiny Sparks charity

Premature babies get quilts for Christmas with Tiny Sparks charity

WAIKIKI mother Amber Bates has a goal to deliver 200 Christmas quilts to gift to WA families of 200 premature babies.

Ms Bates is the founder of Tiny Sparks, a charity for high-risk pregnancy and babies born sick or premature.

Ms Bates’ son Adison was born premature.

“It was very hard spending Adison’s first Christmas at King Edward Memorial Hospital,” she said.

“Splitting ourselves between our family at home celebrating, and also wanting to enjoy his first Christmas with him while he was in hospital.”

Tiny Sparks is looking for quilting enthusiasts to create Christmas quilts and stockings to gift to families who had delivered a premature or sick baby.

“The quilts and stockings are made by volunteers, collected by us, and are gifted to all of the babies who are spending their first Christmas in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” Ms Bates said.

“They are handed out by the nursing staff overnight on Christmas Eve so they are waiting for the families when they visit on Christmas Day.

“The quilts help bring some cheer and remind families that lots of people are thinking of them and know it’s a tough time.”

Tiny Sparks also need sewers and knitters all year round to make premature baby clothing.

Email admin@tinysparkswa.org.au or visit Tiny Sparks.