NURSING HOME RESIDENTS TO VISIT BABIES AT ALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
TO DELIVER HANDSTUFFED BABY BOP PILLOWS
ST. PETERSBUG, FL – Several long-term care residents from Bon Secours Maria Manor are planning a visit to All Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, August 4 at 10:30am to formally present & deliver baby pillows, which they personally stuffed & sewed as part of an ongoing community service project undertaken by the nursing home residents. Over the past few years, residents stuffed over 6,000 baby bop pillows for All Children’s youngest patients as part of an intergenerational project organized by Joyce Lagor and the First United Methodist Church women’s group.
"This visit to All Children’s Hospital is such a meaningful opportunity for our elderly residents to connect with the babies & families they strive to comfort," Jackie Earp, Maria Manor’s Recreational Therapy Director says. "Our residents have seen photo slide shows of the babies and toddlers physically supported by the pillows they make, but the chance to actually meet, look into their eyes, and make that emotional connection will be really special."
The local members of United Methodist Women donate the supplies and volunteer the hours to pattern and sew the pillow’s fabric, and then deliver them to Maria Manor. Stuffing the pillows engages a wide audience of nursing home residents who have varied cognitive- and physical disabilities but who all contribute to shaping the end product. Before the pillows are retrieved for delivery by Lagor & others, Maria Manor resident Nancy Oradat hand stitches the final opening and bags the multi-colored assortment of pillows for transport to the bedside of younger patients.