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A gift of yarn to hospital's Caring Stitchers
RUMFORD -- Comfort Covers - some crocheted, some knit, some fleece, some quilted - are given to every inpatient at Rumford Hospital.
They help patients feel not only warm but also cared for. Each cover carries a tag urging a patient to take the cover home with them.
Comfort Covers are created by the Caring Stitchers, the group led by Charlene Cooper and Joette Carlton. The group was originally comprised of hospital employees who met every other week to knit and crochet and exchange patterns. They also taught volunteers to knit and crochet. Now the group has expanded to welcome members from the community, some of whom meet with the group and some of whom do their "stitching" on their own.
Many of the stitchers purchase the yarn they use, donating not only their time and talent but also their materials. From time to time, however, other people donate yarn, fleece or fabric for quilts to the group.
Knowing this, Corrine Downs and Jeanne Cole of Region 9 Vocational and Adult Education conceived a plan to increase yarn donations. They are placing baskets at Region 9 and also at the Rumford/Mexico University College in the hope that students and staff will drop materials for Comfort Covers off.
"We are always happy to accept donations of materials," notes Cooper. "Right now, we are in need of more stitchers to make Comfort Covers because we haven't been able to keep up with the demand."
The covers are approximately 36x48 inches, a good size to use as lap robes or over the shoulders.
Anyone interested in joining the Caring Stitchers, either at their get-togethers or as an at-home stitcher, or anyone who has materials to donate may call Cooper at 369-1038.