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Grande Ronde Hospital Patients Benefit From Volunteer Donations

Hospital news | Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Contact: Mardi Ford

Recent donations of quilts and blankets from local volunteers fit perfectly with Grande Ronde Hospital’s mission to provide quality care with compassion.

For the fourth year in a row, members of the Tri-Mountain Good Sam Club have donated new hand-made quilts to Grande Ronde Hospital. Each year, the quilts are made by members of Good Sam Clubs from all over Oregon specifically for hospitals, explains Kathy Ward, a local club member. The donations are part of a nationwide Good Sam project called the Linus Program, which takes its inspiration from the famous Charles Schultz Peanuts cartoon character.

The new quilts will be put to good use comforting patients on the medical/surgical floor.

In addition, the Women’s Relief Society of the LDS Third Ward recently donated 80 baby blankets for the Family Birthing Center at Grande Ronde Hospital. The women also thoughtfully donated two sets of lovingly made burial clothes for stillborns.

The donations from the Third Ward were made by all members of the relief society from age 8 up and are just one project of the group’s humanitarian efforts to the community. A spokesperson for the group said the items were made and donated to Grande Ronde Hospital to help new moms and babies have a good start.

Grande Ronde Hospital welcomes these thoughtful donations and extends its thanks to these community service groups.

LDS Third Ward photo:

Debbie Shorb, left, nurse manager for the Grande Ronde Hospital Birthing Center, receives 80 baby blankets from Nellie Hibbert, center, and Sheri Clemens, right, from La Grande’s LDS Third Ward Women’s Relief Society.

Good Sams photo:

Good Sams Club members Kathy Ward, right, and Elvin Williams, left, recently met with Grande Ronde Hospital’s Wendy Roberts, administrative services director, to donate six quilts for patients admitted to the hospital’s medical/surgical center.