SPRINGFIELD, MO (07/14/17) - Each year, Cox Health volunteers create thousands of blankets and pillows that are given to patients in the hospital.
“Children need to know and learn to give back to their community. And what better way than helping sewing things for the patients," says assistant director of volunteer services Stephanie Spradeling.
And every item will go to patients of all ages! Even a few of the kids wanted to say just how much it means to them to help out!
Volunteer Sophie it's “For people that are sick in the hospital.” And Ella exclaimed,“It makes me happy to help people.”
Children, ages five and up attended the annual event to put their sewing skills to the test with a day filled with team building to help those in need.
Around 25 kids and adults were at the event. Last year, a little over 2,000 pillows and blankets were made.
“We don’t have a goal, just to have fun and learn to give back," says Spradeling.
And some of the patients that receive the heart felt gifts are in pediatrics, children in the E.R., heart patients to hold onto while they cough to help ease the pain, and masectomy patients, etc.
For over 15 years now, Spradeling says the pillows and blankets make patients feel more at home and less at a hospital.