LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A group of southwest Florida girls is bringing comfort to families in Lee Memorial's trauma center. They're doing it by sewing quilts!
The hospital has given quilts to patients for a few years now but recently has been in need of more donations. That's when these girls got to work and created 25 of them.
11-year-old Madison Cash hopes these colorful quilts will brighten lives. "We put a lot of care and a lot of hard work," she said. Cash is with a group of girls in a sewing class.
Their teacher heard the hospital was in need of quilts to comfort patients and their loved ones. "We started slow on projects and worked our way towards these quilts," said teacher Pam Strohmeier.
Every lap-sized quilt is as unique as the young lady who made it. Each is adorned with handwritten personal messages.
"We said we loved them and that they hope they feel better," Cash said.
"I want them to be happy and not really worried about what they're going through," said 11-year old Carson Clouse.
The quilts are put into bags, along with a pillow, perhaps some playing cards, or a journal, and given to family members who are waiting anxiously by their loved ones bedsides, sometimes for months at a time.
Kelly Mowery knows that feeling all too well. Her son John was rushed to the hospital in 2010, after a motorcycle accident. "It's freezing in this hospital and I spent 3 months sleeping on a chair in this hospital next to John, and I could of used one of those comfy cozy little blankets and its such a gift," she said.
As a thank you, the hospital presented the girls with certificates of appreciation, saying no act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.