By Jennifer Perry
The Knitting Circle at The Resiliency Center has been working on a project, named 'Warm Hugs', to deliver 170 lap blankets (36"x36") to patients in a local Nursing Home. Our goal is to benefit nursing home patients by providing physical and emotional warmth.
Warm Hugs was inspired by the mother of someone in our Knitting Circle. She spent the last three months of her life in a nursing home. Her family visited throughout the week and gave her love and care she needed. Not all the residents were as fortunate and she noticed that some did not have the benefit of care and visits from relatives and friends. While no one can take the place of a caring family, Warm Hugs hopes to show love to the patients by providing them with a colorful, warm and handmade reminder that someone cares.
So far the Resiliency Knitting Circle has completed 60 lap blankets which will be handed out to the nursing home patients in January. When we go to the nursing home to deliver the blankets the Activities staff will identify the patients who do not have family or visitors so they can receive priority in benefiting from our 'warm hugs'.
This has been an effort of love and caring by people in our Knitting Circle. They have given much time and love to make this a reality. This is an on-going project. There are 170 patients in the Nursing Home. Our goal is to continue to provide their patients with our 'Warm Hugs' on an on-going basis.
If you like to crochet or knit or would like to learn, we could use your help to make lap blankets for even more patients.
The Knitting Circle meets the Second Saturday of every month at 10am.