Residents of Morningside retirement community in Fullerton, Calif., put their sewing and knitting needles to a higher purpose recently by creating burial gowns, wrappers, blankets, “lovie dolls” and vests for the North Orange County chapter of Threads of Love. The non-profit group donates burial gowns to hospitals and parents of stillborn babies, along with wrappers for babies who die from miscarriages. Lovie dolls, vests and tiny blankets are made for preemies being cared for in the neo-natal intensive care units.
The Morningside items will be donated to St. Jude Medical Center’s neo-natal unit in Fullerton, according to Morningside resident Louise Shamblen, who heads up the “In Stitches” knitting group along with Bonnie Rader at the retirement community. The In Stitches knitters created blankets while Morningside’s sewing group, led by Rena Schwartz, sewed the burial gowns, wrappers, vests and lovie dolls.
Last year, the North Orange County chapter of Threads of Love donated approximately 13,000 items to hospitals in and around Orange County. In addition to St. Jude, items were delivered to St. Joseph’s in Orange, CHOC hospital in Orange, Saddleback Memorial in Laguna Hills, Anaheim Memorial, CHOC hospital in Mission Viejo, two Kaiser hospitals in Orange County, Whittier Presbyterian, Children’s Hospital in …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce