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Real-Life Holiday Heroes

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One visit to a children's hospital, where Carol Green saw premature infants in incubators lying on plastic sheets, was enough to prompt her to use her sewing experience to make the nursery less sterile. The 49-year-old mother of six in Houston, Missouri, asked a fabric store to donate two bolts of baby friendly flannelette—and overnight she turned them into bumper pads, tiny T-shirts, and receiving blankets. Thus Newborns in Need was born, and within a month Carol had a group of local women stitching cuddly items.

The latest initiative of the group—now 11,000 members strong, with chapters in 26 states—is the "Baby's First Christmas" program. Volunteers make Christmas stockings and fill them with newborn basics for distribution through hospitals and social-service organizations. "We figure that for every $1 donation we get, we can give a baby a real boost," says Carol.

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