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Local women brings comfort to patients at Silver Cross with handmade shawls and blankets 

New Lenox, IL (October 5, 2012)—Five years ago, a group of ladies from United Methodist Church in New Lenox started getting together twice each month to crochet and knit shawls. They begin each meeting with a prayer, and continued to recite blessings as they stitched. After the shawls and blankets were complete, they would gather together in a prayer of comfort, strength and peace that comes from God; hoping that whoever received this gift would feel strengthened by this blessing.

“These ladies have donated so much more then blankets and shawls to Silver Cross oncology patients,” says Kelly Post, Manager of the inpatient Medical/Oncology Unit at Silver Cross Hospital. “I have seen the incredible impact this gift has on a patient that needs to have some additional comfort due to a new diagnosis, reoccurrence, or just feeling afraid. The shawls provide a sense of peace for our patients; as well as their families.  A patient’s wife relayed the story of how sometimes she wraps herself up in her husband’s shawl, and that brings her a sense of comfort and calm. Silver Cross Hospital is so grateful to the kind gift these ladies provide for people at their neediest time.”

2012-018_newsPhoto caption: (l-r)(Back Row) Cheryl Bruozas of Tinley Park, Beverly Deptolla of New Lenox, (Front Row) Dorothy Christianson of Homer Glen, Norma Kollman of New Lenox, and Cyndy Lockhart of New Lenox are members of United Methodist Church in New Lenox and are members of the Prayer Shawl Committee, a volunteer organization that delivers hand-knit or crocheted shawls  that have been blessed to those in need.

Norma Kollman knows the power of the comforting touch from a prayer shawl first hand. In 2009, she suffered from a stroke and spent 32 days on the inpatient rehabilitation unit at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross (RIC). “I know how it feels to be a patient, especially a patient who needs to stay awhile. Everyone has low days, and in those moments, the blankets and shawls provide a sense of comfort,” states Kollman.

The ladies have donated over 300 hand-made blankets and shawls far and wide. The materials for these shawls are provided by the committee and the generous donations of the congregation at United Methodist Church. “These are available to anyone who requests them, we don’t ask why or for whom. We bless them and then we send them away. They have been sent to hospitals, hospices, and churches across the Nation and in Canada,“shares another member, Dorothy Christiansen of Homer Glen.

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM byThe Leapfrog Group. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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