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2-5-15 Jayci 2-5-15 Jayci hats–Jennifer Lane photos

By Jennifer Lane

Hardin County Independent

Jayci Vaughn, a Senior at Hardin County High School, gave a presentation in her eighth hour Speech class about a hobby she has that helps others in need. Her teacher, Jolene Fowler, found the topic of her presentation to be interesting and contacted the Independent so it would be shared with others.

Jayci crochets for an organization called Newborns in Need, Inc. It is a charity organized to take care of needy babies. Newborns in Need volunteers provide care necessities to agencies and hospitals serving premature or ill newborns and even some that have passed away. The founder of the charity, Carol Green, discovered the need when she read an article about needy newborns who died in hospitals. She read when needy newborns died they were buried in paper sacks or discarded with medical waste, because there were no resources to provide burial clothing.

Jayci’s hobby began when she was about 8 years old. Her mom taught her how to crochet one summer while trying to keep her entertained on a long car ride to Florida. Jayci explained that she was talking a lot and her mom needed to find an activity to funnel some of her energy. First she learned how to chain a single row. At that age she said that she was too impatient to learn more so she gave up. A couple of years ago, during a move to a new home, Jayci found one of her mom’s old projects and her interest was rekindled. Jayci’s mom re-taught her the technique and over the last few years her skill has developed into more advanced crocheting techniques, adding buttons and other details.

Jayci discovered Newborns in Need when she began searching on the internet for patterns to crochet. “I found out about the charity while trying to find a pattern and I instantly loved it. I was premature, myself, and thought it would be a good way to help babies like me. My mom does it as well,” said Jayci. Her family was placed in a challenging situation when Jayci was born prematurely and had an 11 day stay in the hospital. Jayci is the 18 year old daughter of Kimberly Hayes Vaughn of Herod, IL.

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this good cause, contact the local chapter at Newborns in Need, Inc., P. O. Box 181, Red Bud, IL 62278 or call (618) 578-2850.

In pictures: Jayci Vaughn holding up a crocheted blanket that she will be donating to Newborns in Need.

Jayci Vaughn crochets and donates tiny hats, blankets and snuggle cuddle cocoons for Newborns in Need.

From the February 5, 2015 issue of the Hardin County Independent.