Franklin Woman’s Club Seeking Help With Purple Hat Campaign To End Child Abuse

The Franklin Woman’s Club is looking for help from knitters and crocheters to material donors in its Purple Hat Campaign.

The Purple Hat Campaign supports the “Period of Purple Crying” program, developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Woman’s Club members are making purple newborn and preemie caps that will be donated to Prevention of Child Abuse – NJ, which will in turn donate them to participating “purple” hospitals.

The program draws attention and educates parents and caregivers about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT), according to a press release from the club. In this form of abuse, when an infant or young child is shaken violently, the head is impacted, leading to severe injuries and even death. A key component of the campaign is to educate people on this normal developmental phase that is temporary.

“Purple” is an acronym representing the different stages of a newborn baby’s crying, according to a press release about the program. The acronym stands for:

  • When to expect Peak crying phases
  • The Unexpected nature of crying
  • The baby’s Resistance to being comforted
  • The Pained facial expression commonly seen
  • The Long-lasting duration of the episode
  • And the tendency for crying episodes to occur during the late afternoon or Evening.

The club is looking for people who can knit or crochet the hats, make donations to buy yarn, or donate skeins of soft yarm in any shade of purple.

Guidelines for making the caps can be found here.

To donate by check, make check payable to the Franklin Woman’s Club, indicating “Purple Cap Campaign” in the subject line of your check and mail to: Franklin Woman’s Club, P O Box 5793, Somerset, NJ 08875.

To donate yarn, call Call (732) 476-8863 and leave a message requesting that your donation of yarn or hats be picked up. A FWC member will contact you to make these arrangements.

For more information about Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey (PCA-NJ), visit: www.preventchildabusenj.org.


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