BERLIN — Children being treated for long-term illnesses can find comfort in some special Christmas presents from local residents who spent months sewing quilts and pillowcases for them.
The gifts were created by a sewing club at Sage Pond Place led by Sue Vogt, who began the club after moving to the senior living complex in December. The six club members plan to bring the approximately 25 quilts and accompanying pillowcases to the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain on Friday.
The six members meet twice a week to work on projects.
"At the beginning I thought we'd do it two hours a week and it's turned into about ten hours a week," Vogt said.
She decided to create presents for the children at the Hospital for Special Care because she felt others might not think of the long-term care hospital as much as other places the general public regularly interacts with.
Donations are also difficult because of the complicated nature of the cases the hospital treats, said Wendy DeAngelo, vice president of development and communications for the hospital. Staff works with donors to make sure gifts won’t be a health hazard to patients.
The blankets and pillowcases will help create a warm environment for the children, DeAngelo said.
“It is a remarkably generous and loving gift of care for children who don't get to spend the holidays at home with their families,” DeAngelo said.
Barbara Hanks, one of the club members, said the project keeps them active while helping others.
"We're doing something constructive and that's what I like,” Hanks said.
The group recently held a crafts fair and bake sale to raise money to purchase enough supplies to for the blankets and pillowcases.
With the childrens’ gifts all finished, the club has started working on larger blankets for their neighbors at Sage Pond Place and other adults in need.