Miller community residents, staff make heart pillows for children’s hospital

Miller community residents, staff make heart pillows for children’s hospital


MERIDEN — Miller Memorial Community residents and staff made almost two dozen heart-shaped pillows for patients at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

The project was spearheaded by Masila Rrumbullaku, community life coordinator at the retirement home, and the pillows are scheduled to be delivered to CCMC on Monday. Rrumbullaku said she has done the project previously with Hartford Hospital and Middlesex Hospital. Rrumbullaku said she enjoys sewing and thought it would be a good way to give back to the community. Jon Stempien, recreation manager, said Rrumbullaku approached him with the idea and they got it approved. Rrumbullaku said they are coordinating with staff at CCMC to drop off the pillows.

A group of about 10 residents helped stuff and tie off the pillows on Wednesday, and Rrumbullaku and Stempien went around and assisted when needed. The pillows were made from red or pink fabric. Rrumbullaku said the initial stage of measuring and cutting the fabric took a few weeks.

Marie Reynolds, who retired from Veterans Memorial Medical Center, said she thinks the project is fantastic. Marie Ziegler said this was her first time making pillows, but that it was a terrific idea. Gladys Barnes and Mary Audette were also on hand, helping make the pillows, both saying the project was a wonderful thing for the children.
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