Back about three years ago, Cole had the unfortunate mishap of falling off the kitchen chair and breaking his right arm. According to the orthopedic doctor, this was a common occurrence among little ones. Not that it helped my breaking heart while he was going through this, but when it happened again just six months later, same arm, it did give me a tiny bit of assurance this wasn’t a more serious issue. He is just a kid, who puts out his hands when he falls.
During our first trip to the hospital, we were taken to a room with a stacks of blankets, one more gorgeous than the next. Cole was told he could pick a quilt from the shelves to have on the bed with him. He took his time and chose one. On the way back to his room, the nurse explained to us that all the quilts were made by local women and donated to the hospital through a volunteer effort called Project Linus.
These handmade quilts and blankets are offered to kids who are in the hospital for illness or injury to help comfort them during their stay. It may be a simple gesture, but to a child feeling isolated from a long stay and not well, a brightly colored blanket on their bed can be soothing in a cold stark hospital room.
Thankfully Cole was only there for a little while during his broken arm ordeal, but I have to admit, during that time, it was a wonderful distraction and made him feel a bit more taken care of. Since having gotten his quilt, it has become a treasured item that he takes out whenever he is sick here at home.
Want to know how you can help? Contact your local chapter and lend a hand (or a stitch) for a worthy cause.