Tucson mom who makes, donates premature baby clothes goes viral

Tucson mom who makes, donates premature baby clothes goes viral
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - When Amanda Huhta began making tiny shirts for premature babies five months ago, she had no idea she'd quickly gain international attention.

Huhta started sewing the shirts after her own son was born premature at just 25 weeks and four days.

During the hospital stay, he had tubes, lines and cords all over his small body for monitoring, making it nearly impossible to put clothes on him.

"I just remember being in tears not being able to put something on him," Huhta said. "You never really think it is important until you can't find anything for your kid to wear. It's like a right of passage being able to put something on your baby."

That's when she reached out to her mom, who designed an easy-to-use baby shirt.

"You put the baby flat on it and it just folds over with Velcro. So if there is an emergency they can just rip it off," Huhta said.

Huhta wanted to help other moms, so she began making more clothes for babies and shipping them for free to parents across the U.S.

Tucson News Now reported her need of volunteers to help the cause, and her story quickly went viral.

"Probably within an hour of that story going on Facebook my phone did not stop ringing. Within that next 48 hours I got almost 300 emails just from that local story being on Facebook. I did not expect for it to go like that. We were hoping maybe 20 people in Tucson would help us sew." Huhta said.

The story was even shared on Upworthy.

In a few days, the video had more than one million views.

"It's so cool to see it come from nothing and now it is on their baby in the hospital. The shirts have made parents so happy. It's amazing. It's a really good feeling," Huhta said.

Her idea has inspired hundreds of others to make shirts for babies at their hospital.

"I have a volunteer sewer from every single state," she said.

Now her project is even going global.

"Someone from Brazil, Ireland, a bunch of people in Australia," she added.

Huhta is now faced with every good entrepreneur's dilemma: the orders are flowing in and it's hard to keep up.

She needs help to start a nonprofit to keep her charity going.

"So I'm trying to find a lawyer who would be interested in helping us do this," she said. "I don't have enough money to pay lawyer fees. But we have enough to pay for the nonprofit fees that are required."

Huhta is also looking for someone who would be willing to help her organize all emails she's received from volunteers.

"Just some basic computer stuff, a few hours a week," she said.

If you'd like to help, click HERE: http://tucsonne.ws/2fTohZ0

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