Quilts for Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Chil­dren and teenagers bat­tling lifethreat­en­ing ill­nesses will re­ceive a bit of ex­tra love and warmth thanks to a do­na­tion by De­niliquil­ters and Friends.

The lo­cal group has do­nated 90 quilts to the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal through the Very Snug­gly Quilt Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive which aims to brighten the lives of ter­mi­nally ill young­sters.

The pro­gram’s pres­i­dent Marie Lee paid De­niliquil­ters and Friends a visit on Tues­day to check out the lo­cal ef­fort.

‘‘The Very Snug­gly Quilt pro­gram makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to the lives of the kids and fam­i­lies and lets them know some­one cares,’’ she said.

‘‘You don’t need to know them per­son­ally, and the chil­dren, par­ents and grand­par­ents are al­ways over­whelmed by the fact a stranger would take the time and ef­fort to make them some­thing.

‘‘The chil­dren are aged from new born ba­bies to teenagers, and the youngest child I’ve do­nated to was only a few hours old who was go­ing into car­diac surgery.

‘‘We re­ceive beau­ti­ful let­ters from chil­dren which make you re­alise what a pos­i­tive im­pact the pro­gram has.’’

De­niliquil­ters and Friends pres­i­dent Dianne Stub­bings said Very Snug­gly Quilts doesn’t just ben­e­fit the lives of the chil­dren, it also has an ex­ten­sive im­pact on the quilt­mak­ers.

‘‘The pro­gram gives our quil­ters a pur­pose to con­trib­ute to the pro­gram,’’ she said.

‘‘It gives them some­thing to do and know­ing they’ve made a dif­fer­ence is an amaz­ing feel­ing.’’

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