Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital volunteers get crafty for kids

DOWNERS GROVE – On any given Wednesday morning at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, there are at least 300 pom-poms scattered across a table – each destined to be attached to a hat for a newborn baby.

Many are made by a pair of hospital volunteers who reside in Peace Memorial Manor Retirement Community on the hospital campus.

Each infant receives three hats during their stay – one at delivery, one for their stay and another to take home, according to Lynn Murphy, a Downers Grove resident who is co-chair of the Auxiliary Recreational Crafts Committee.

Otherwise known as ARK, the committee has been creating crafts for hospital patients for more than 35 years and has more than 20 committee members.

April 22-26 is National Volunteer Week.

The volunteers also sew pillows for pediatric patients as well as pillows and hats for cancer patients.Each pillow is constructed and stuffed by hand and has a cute puppy dog face on the front. These pillows are offered to the pediatric patients at Good Samaritan Hospital as well as the Downers Grove and Lemont outpatient centers.

For more information on volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital, call630-275-1181 or visit: www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/Volunteers