(Torrington, CT) Quilts that Care, a non-profit service organization with over 50 volunteers, has donated more than 700 quilts to Connecticut area hospitals and cancer centers to date, with over 100 going to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.
“Charlotte Hungerford has been the grateful recipient of gifts from Quilts That Care for two years now. Each month, Edna Wells, a founding member of this group, delivers a minimum of 4 quilts for our patients. The variety of colors and themes is incredible and the talent and love that goes into each one is apparent. Our staff members so appreciate the ability to present a quilt to the patients and their families as a tangible symbol of care and comfort at a time when it is particularly welcomed. The quilt provides a lovely touch in a clinical setting which the patients and families may take home. We are so indebted to this group for including us in their scope of generosity”, said Susan Thebarge, Director, CHH Patient Experience.
Quilts That Care, Inc., a cancer support group, is a nonprofit organization that creates and donates handmade quilts to individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment. Each quilt is made by a single group member or a team of members. Some quilts are created with a specific patient in mind featuring a favorite hobby or color, others are created to fit anyone; finished off with an embroidered “Quilts That Care” label.
A handful of friends started Quilts That Care in April 2012, after personal experience made them realize the value of a symbol of care. They were equipped with a few sewing machines and a passion to help others. At first, they set out to create 12 quilts by the end of 2012 to give to cancer patients undergoing treatments at the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in Waterbury, CT. In a matter of a few months, the group expanded to over 40 volunteers, and by the end of that year finished 107 quilts. Others that receive the quilts include Yale/Smilow in New Haven, Saint Mary’s, VITAS, Bristol Hospital, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital and also individuals of whom the group is aware. The group is currently expanding to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain.
“Our mission is simple – wrapping patients and their families in comfort and hope, one quilt at a time”, explains Edna Wells.
To learn more about this group, visit www.quiltsthatcare.org.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.