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St. Nicholas Hospital Launches Annual Hat & Mitten Drive
Sheboygan, Wis. --As the temperature is dropping, many children in our community are in need of warm clothing to protect them from the affects of a cold winter. Frostbite and hypothermia are two common risks children face when outdoors in the winter.
In an effort to help the children in our community stay warm and protected this winter, St. Nicholas Hospital Christian Effectiveness Committee is having a Hat & Mitten Drive, which runs now through December 15, 2008. The public is invited to hang new mittens, hats, scarves, earmuffs, or other winter apparel on the garland in the Hospital Cafeteria. All contributions will be donated to Bridgeway, Safe Harbor, Trisha's Home and area schools.
"When it's cold, blood is shunted to your body's core, leaving your hands vulnerable to frostbite," says Peg Barron, MD, St. Nicholas Hospital. "Hypothermia will occur when more heat escapes from your body than your body can produce."
Children normally lose heat faster than adults and they have a larger head-to-body ratio than adults, making them more prone to heat loss through the head. It is important that children wear hats and mittens when outside in the extreme cold.
About St. Nicholas Hospital
To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org .
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