This is all part of an annual tradition to ensure that each one of our patients at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital receives a Christmas gift. This has been ongoing for some time now and Volunteer Services is the department who organizes and coordinates it all.
Numerous church groups in the Kingston area are kind enough to donate their time and also their money to purchase supplies to make the blankets and quilts. Their generosity is outstanding and handing out the gifts to patients each year often comes with emotional responses.
Last week, Janet Hunter, Director of Volunteer Services along with two volunteers had the pleasure of personally delivering the gifts to each patient. As Janet explained “watching their faces light up when they receive these unexpected gifts is very hard to put into words.”
When they were doing their deliveries, one patient said “I have no family here. What a wonderful thing the volunteers are doing for us.” Another patient visibly teared up as her family is also out of town and the special delivery was a highlight of her week.
The quilts and blankets bring comfort to our patients in the cold winter months and allow their room to feel a little bit more like home. Providence Care would like to extend our thanks to the generous volunteers who spend so much of their time knitting and quilting in order to ensure our patients receive a beautiful, handmade Christmas gift.