Blankets of kindness crafted by Madison House residents

Madison House Retirement teamed up with Kirkland's Hancock fabrics to provide blankets to patients at Evergreen Hospice. Eighty-six-year-old Mary Stewart, long-time resident at Madison House Retirement, gathered residents together to cut and assemble fleece blankets to cheer and comfort patients and families dealing with end-of-life issues. Thanks to Gary Kelly, manager of Hancock Fabrics in Kirkland, residents had enough fabric to make more than 30 blankets.

"It is so nice to get everyone together to work on these blankets, and be able to give them to hospice patients and their families," said Stewart. "One daughter told me that her mother had gone through hospice and that she would have loved to have the continuing memory of one of these blankets. It's so nice to just be able to just give."

Madison House residents, led by Stewart and Kelly, all gathered together on April 12 to present the blankets to Evergreen Hospice staff.

"Blankets like these will often be the last gift that our folks receive," Melissa Lubatti, volunteer coordinator at the hospice said. "What seems like a little gesture to us goes a long way with the family.[[In-content Ad]]