Stitches from the Heart, a national nonprofit organization with a chapter in Santa Monica, needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need.

The Santa Monica chapter is located at 3316 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The organization has donated thousands upon thousands of handmade hats, booties, sweaters and blankets to more than 570 hospitals and charities around the U.S.

Shane Silverton co-founded the organization eight years ago after reading an article about newborn babies going home with only a diaper.

After he told his mother, she started knitting items for babies. Soon after, her friends got involved. More people joined after the charitable effort was published in a newspaper.

Information, (866) 472-6903 or www.stitchesfromtheheart.org

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