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‘Blanketeers’ have another good year

Saint Francis University 2021 blanket collection helps provide comfort LORETTO — The Saint Francis University Community Blanketeer group collected a record 279 quilted, crocheted, knitted and tied blankets to be distributed to sick and needy children through the Healing Patch and Nurse-Family Partnership. Blankets also were given to residents at Amber Hills and Cambria Care Center. This year, donations also were made to Dauntless Fire Company in Ebensburg and Nanty Glo Fire Company. The blanketeers have been active on campus since 2006, and over the past 15 years have donated more than 2,337 blankets. Traditionally the focus was on creating comfy, soft blankets for babies and young children, but last year lap blankets for the elderly were added. Over the past few years, the Healing Patch has distributed the blankets in “comfort bags” along with various other items — tissues, a memory book, a picture frame, a teddy bear, etc. — to children following the death of a loved one. Additionally, the blankets have been distributed to Healing Patch participants during program activities centered around fears, worries, sleeping issues, etc. to provide comfort during the difficulties and isolation throughout the nighttime hours. Nurse-Family Partnership registered nurses will distribute blankets to newborns and toddlers within the program. And with the assistance of Keana Bertocci Myers, activities director at Cambria Care Center, lap blankets were distributed to residents at Cambria Care Center and Amber Hills. Dauntless Fire Company and Nanty Glo Fire Company will distribute blankets and teddy bears to provide comfort to children in emergency situations. The Saint Francis group was formed by Robin L. Cadwallader, Margaret A. Kealey and Melita O’Donnell. For additional information regarding the Saint Francis University Community Blanketeers, contact O’Donnell at modonnell@francis.edu.

LORETTO — The Saint Francis University Community Blanketeer group collected a record 279 quilted, crocheted, knitted and tied blankets to be distributed to sick and needy children through the Healing Patch and Nurse-Family Partnership.

Blankets also were given to residents at Amber Hills and Cambria Care Center. This year, donations also were made to Dauntless Fire Company in Ebensburg and Nanty Glo Fire Company.

The blanketeers have been active on campus since 2006, and over the past 15 years have donated more than 2,337 blankets.

Traditionally the focus was on creating comfy, soft blankets for babies and young children, but last year lap blankets for the elderly were added.

Over the past few years, the Healing Patch has distributed the blankets in “comfort bags” along with various other items — tissues, a memory book, a picture frame, a teddy bear, etc. — to children following the death of a loved one.

Additionally, the blankets have been distributed to Healing Patch participants during program activities centered around fears, worries, sleeping issues, etc. to provide comfort during the difficulties and isolation throughout the nighttime hours.

Nurse-Family Partnership registered nurses will distribute blankets to newborns and toddlers within the program.

And with the assistance of Keana Bertocci Myers, activities director at Cambria Care Center, lap blankets were distributed to residents at Cambria Care Center and Amber Hills.

Dauntless Fire Company and Nanty Glo Fire Company will distribute blankets and teddy bears to provide comfort to children in emergency situations.

The Saint Francis group was formed by Robin L. Cadwallader, Margaret A. Kealey and Melita O’Donnell. For additional information regarding the Saint Francis University Community Blanketeers, contact O’Donnell at modonnell@francis.edu.

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