Threads of Love volunteers make special outfits for newborns

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(KWTX) Some of the tiniest of Valentines in Central Texas are sporting some looks of love thanks to the hard work of nearly two dozen church volunteers who gather weekly to sew clothes and blankets for newborn babies.

Some of the tiniest of Valentines in Central Texas are sporting some looks of love thanks to the hard work of nearly two dozen church volunteers who gather weekly to sew clothes and blankets for newborn babies. (Courtesy photos)

The women who gather every Tuesday morning at the Belton Church of Christ in Belton call their group the Threads of Love.

While they sew weekly throughout the year at the church, they say they particularly love to focus on holidays like Valentine’s Day.

“We started maybe back in 2001,” said church member Carol McKissick.

“We have a wonderful group of women who sew every Tuesday morning and we really like the special holidays.”

This week the group made a Valentines deliveries of their handiwork including crocheted hats, blankets and shirts to babies at Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest in Waco, McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple and Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.

At Hillcrest, new mom Sierra Keller’s son Huntley, who was born Monday, was given a hat and outfit to enjoy.

She said the thoughtful labor of love didn’t go unnoticed, especially on a day designated for love.

“This is the best Valentine’s Day gift that we could have ever asked for and we can’t wait to take him home and spend it with him,” Sierra said.

McKissick said the women have adapted their items over the years to make sure they’re keeping the babies’ needs in mind first, many whom are born premature or with other medical issues that land them in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“We don’t do onesies anymore because they get tangled in the wires,” she said.

“We do clothes that are easy to get on and off and that are soft and won’t irritate their skin.”

“We love it,” McKissick said.

“We love being able to make it for the babies and the parents and we just love being together and doing it.”

The hospitals say the gifts are well received by babies and very appreciated by the parents.

“We are so grateful to “Threads of Love” for showing love to our tiniest patients not just on Valentine’s Day but every holiday,” said Megan Snipes, senior marketing and public relations consultant with Baylor Scott & White.

“This is a life-changing time for the parents and they appreciate the thoughts, prayers and gifts from Threads of Love.”