A group of women who meet weekly to knit, crochet and quilt have taken on one more activity that benefits the community in Tucson, Ariz.
On March 16, Urban Yarns donated more than 100 hand-knitted, crocheted or quilted blankets to Diamond Children’s Medical Center, which will open this spring at University Medical Center.
We created a blanket for each bed and crib, said Catherine Jacobus, a librarian at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and coordinator of the project.
Diamond Children’s Medical Center was suggested as a place that might appreciate our handmade blankets, Jacobus said. So she contacted University Medical Center to find out how many blankets were needed.Cathy Jacobus, left, and Lori Throne load up bags of blankets for Diamond Children’s.
It means so much to us to know we will have a state-of the-art-facility with a welcoming and colorful bed for every patient upon their arrival, said Lori Throne, RN, BC, MSN, director of Womens and Children’s Services at UMC.
Despite the groups enthusiasm, making the number of blankets needed for Diamond Children’s was challenging.
Our knitters and crocheters repeatedly commented on how good it felt to create something for others. Making these blankets gave us time to reflect on those who would receive them, hoping they would offer comfort in difficult times, Jacobus said.
We are so thankful to Cathy Jacobus and the Urban Yarns, Throne said. The blankets and quilts they made are beautiful, and their generosity warms my heart.