On November 18th, Anne Marchetti and Sharyn Kampmeyer of the Marco Island Woman’s Club delivered 81 knitted and crocheted blankets and 40 quilts to Stacie Kmetz, Child Life Specialist at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Fort Meyers. The blankets are distributed to patients in the hospital’s Pediatric Critical Care Unit. According to Ms. Kmetz, “the Marco Island Stitch Makers are well-known in the Unit for their ‘handmade with love’ blankets, tied up with pretty ribbons.” She said that the blankets bring smiles to the pediatric recipients and appreciation from their parents.
The Stitch Makers are a group of 26 Club members that knit and crochet year-round on their own and meet once a month as a group. In addition to the blankets for the pediatric patients, the group makes hats for Manatee Elementary School students and their families. Over the past 4 and a half years, the Stitch Makers have donated 572 blankets and 441 hats to the two groups. The blanket donations always include a number of quilts made by 91-year-old Club member Marie Senechal.
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