By: Vickie Denning, Communications

While training midwives in poverty-stricken areas in Africa, Sandy Buffington observed that putting hats on newborns led to higher survival rates. In 2008, Sandy and her husband, Buff, launched a ministry that networks people across Tucson, the United States, and the world to save babies’ lives.

In the past 11 years, over 41,000 infants in 16 countries across Africa and south-central Asia have received hats. So far in 2019, 3,975 hats have traveled with midwives to babies in Ghana,Tanzania and Nigeria.

A heartfelt message of thanks recently arrived from the Lesotho Evangelical Church:

We wish to greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. On behalf of Mokhatlo oa bo ‘M’abana (Mothers’ Union), we would like to acknowledge receipt of a package of babies’ hats. This wonderful gift could not have come at a better time! Our Union was collecting used clothing for babies born to mothers in prison. The hats arrived just in time and made a huge positive impact on the collection. We and the mothers wish to thank you sincerely for this wonderful gift. We are truly grateful for this gift of love. May the good Lord bless and keep all of you.

If you would like to be a part of this ministry and you knit or crochet, patterns are available in the church office. Hats can be also purchased and donated or cash donations can be made to pay for the cost of transporting the hats. Contact Sandy Buffington for more information.

16 countries served

  • Afghanistan
  • Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia