Crowdsourced blankets bring warmth, comfort
Medical City Arlington received a blanket donation from Grace Blankets, an organization with the mission to extend blanket giving in multiple hospital locations in various cities. Grace Blankets was created in honor and memory of Piper Grace, who lived for 10 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a hospital in Kansas City. Before her death in 2015, the family began providing donated NICU linens to the hospital that had cared for Grace.
“Being in the NICU for an extended period of time, we always appreciated the hospital linens that were used and provided,” said Tara Jarvis, mother to Piper Grace and founder of Grace Blankets. “But having a soft, sweet, comfortable blanket that reminded us of home was just that little extra touch.”
Grace Blankets has a goal to deliver at least 200 blankets at every hospital visited. The Little Rock, Arkansas based group has delivered to hospitals across the United States. Blankets are acquired through social media or online donations. Grace Blankets hopes to bring warmth and comfort to other NICU families.
“Many NICU babies are here for months and the only experiences they have are the sights and smells and feelings that they have in a sterile setting,” said Cindy Moseley. “Having things from home such as soft blankets, special blankets, things that are personalized, make such a difference in the way the babies feel and the way the parents feel about their future and what they can offer to their babies.”