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Local students help keep patients warm with blanket donation

06/27/2013

Eureka (June 27, 2013) – A dozen students from Lafayette Elementary School in Eureka brought a very special gift to St. Joseph Hospital on June 11 – 16 handmade blankets and cards for our patients.

For the past several years, students in Lafayette Elementary's After School Program have made blankets and then donated them to the hospital. It's a project the kids look forward to each year. It all began with a very special story. Rachael, the daughter of the Lafayette After School Program coordinator, was a patient at St. Joseph Hospital when she was nine years old and had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Rachael received a blanket during her hospital stay. A decade later, she still has the blanket on her bed. It was her experience that inspired this service project. The soft, colorful blankets will be a nice surprise to patients throughout the hospital who receive them.

Following the students generous donation, they were taken on a tour of the new patient care facility at St. Joseph Hospital. They visited areas such as the intensive care unit, radiation oncology and the surgery department.

Students in Lafayette Elementary's After School Program recently donated 16 handmade blankets to St. Joseph Hospital.

Several of the handmade blankets featured animal prints and will benefit some of the hospital's youngest patients.

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