Happy Hookers recognized for providing handcrafted blankets and hats for NICU babies

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Happy Hookers handcraft blankets and hats for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit babies.

They're a small but mighty army of 16 women dedicated to creating comfort for not only critically ill premature babies at Kansas City’s Research Medical Center NICU, but also snug wool caps for soldiers to wear under chafing helmets and items for the Salvation Army and other organizations in need of blankets and caps.

Since Happy Hookers was formed in Feb. 2009 by Higginsville residents Colbert and Colleen Summers, the volunteers have handcrafted more than 6,000 hats, 712 blankets, 350 infant burial buntings, 500 military caps and assorted other items.

The women use yarn and materials donated by individuals and area businesses to create items that not only offer NICU babies comfort, but also become precious keepsakes for parents.

The Research Medical Center Women’s Services department recently honored the Happy
Hookers with an appreciation lunch and tour of the unit where the NICU team, including 30
nurses, cares for up to 22 babies.