48 baby blankets provided for grieving families

48 baby blankets provided for grieving families

Park Ridge Connect’s Community Service Sunday volunteers delivered 48 hand-sewn baby blankets to an appreciative group of staff at the Logan Hospital maternity ward on November 9.

The team spent eight months handmaking the beautiful blankets to provide comfort to families who have suffered loss, miscarriage, or stillbirth.

On the first Sunday of each month, Park Ridge Connect Community Service Sunday volunteers gather for two hours to serve others through housework, yard work, cooking, clean-ups, sewing and other jobs as needed.

Park Ridge Connect volunteer Shirley Watts said the blanket sewing project had been a great way for volunteers to make a difference while connecting and socialising with one another.

“Some of us are a little bit older, and the older ladies just really took it on board,” she said.

“The ladies really, really enjoyed it, and they felt like they were contributing.”

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Between 6-8 people from all age groups volunteered each week since February, with different people coming on board each time.

“We had mums, great-grandmas, younger grandmas, and high schoolers, so it was quite good,” Mrs Watts said.

The team also provided hand-sewn fabric hearts so premature babies could be comforted by the scent of their mothers while separated from them.

“There was a need … they needed blankets, and hopefully we’ve given them enough to keep them going there for a while,” she said.

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The Park Ridge Connect sewing and craft team will turn their attention to knitting teddy bears for ambulances when Community Service Sunday recommences in February next year.

“There’s lots that can be done for the community through craft, like cards and other things,” Mrs Watts said.

Anyone is welcome to volunteer, and Park Ridge Connect director Paul Jackson is always looking for new projects for volunteers to do.

“Most of the projects we do have come from someone in the community wanting to do something nice for a neighbour or family from their school or some other social connection,” he said.

“Our response is always that we’d love to add our strength to your acts of kindness. 

“We don’t want to take the opportunity to serve away from people; we want to join them in their service of others.”

For more information, contact Paul on 0410 583 291 or info@parkridgeconnect.com.au

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