Crown Worldwide, an international company dealing in relocation services, logistics, records management and fine arts transportation, recently contributed to the Save the Children Foundation’s Caps to the Capitol program, a program that donates material, informational packets, and other items to needy mothers with newborn babies around the world.
Crown employees from around the world knitted infant caps for newborns with high-risk medical problems to be distributed by Save the Children to families living in third-world countries. More than 100 infant caps were knitted and delivered to the foundation’s Westport, CT office during the first week of January.
“With each hat I made, it seemed hard to believe that something so simple, so satisfying and inexpensive could help provide something as immeasurable as increasing the survival rate of a newborn,” said project manager Diane Mackeprang of Crown’s Westport, CT facility. Mackeprang was not only instrumental in getting her Westport office involved, but also employees from various Crown offices around the world involved. (Hats donated by Mackeprang are shown in top photo; those in bottom photo were knitted by Annerose Matsushita of Crown’s Tokyo office.)
“I read an article about the Save the Children program in the local Westport newspaper,” she added. “Although I hadn’t knitted in about 10 years, I thought it was a worthwhile program.” Mackeprang influenced many of her family members, their friends, and her own peers to knit hats before her coworkers also became involved.
“At Thanksgiving I taught my college-aged son to knit and he completed his hat during his break. I even got my sister who was visiting me for Thanksgiving to knit one, as well. Then even coworkers started crocheting in their spare time,” said Mackeprang.
Crown regional director Carmella Elletson was one of many Crown employees who responded to the information Mackeprang provided coworkers. “I think it is admirable that people took the time out of their busy lives to support a very worthy cause” said Elletson, who helped spread the news about the fundraiser to other Crown offices. “I am very proud of Diane for bringing this fundraiser to my attention and of all the employees who participated.”
Crown has worked with Save the Children in previous years, having made monetary donations on behalf of Crown’s worldwide staff following 9/11 and the Asian tsunami of 2004. Crown Relocations also serves as Save the Children’s relocation company, providing household good shipments and relocation services to staff and volunteers from around the world.
“Save the Children have always been recognized for their outstanding programs throughout the world,” added Mackeprang. “The fact the organization is located where I live and work connects me to it a little more.”
According to medical statistics, four million newborns die each year in the first month of life, half of that number within the first 24 hours of life. According to the website, the Save the Children Foundation would like to see the United States lead the way in saving young lives by increasing funding for critical health programs for mothers and newborns worldwide.
With the knitted caps in their possession, the Save the Children Foundation will be distributing them to areas of the world with the highest infant death mortality rates, along with informational packets designed to educate parents on the key health needs of infants.
Crown Worldwide Group
The Crown Worldwide Group, headquartered in Hong Kong, was established in 1965. It is a privately held company with over 200 offices in 50 countries. Crown Relocations provides global relocation services for corporations, private clients and diplomats. Crown Records Management provides management and storage of business information. Crown Logistics provides other specialized commercial import/export, freight forwarding and distribution services.