Norwalk Hospital Designs for Recovery volunteers Carol DeVito and Margaret Karl spend much of their own personal time sewing for the patients of Norwalk Hospital.

Each year, hospital staff and the general public have the opportunity to purchase festive gifts that they create, such as place mats, pot holders, aprons, stuffed animals, stockings, ornaments, knit scarves, table runners, rag dolls, pillows, draft dodgers, baby quilts and bibs, door decorations, book covers, wall banners and Scotty dogs during the holiday sale. The upcoming holiday craft sale will take place Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the sewing room on the first floor of the hospital.

Making holiday crafts to benefit the hospital is just one of their pursuits. The "Design for Recovery" volunteers bring more joy to the season by making approximately 150 red and white stockings for newborn babies to go home from the hospital in, a tradition which the Design for Recovery volunteers started 60 years ago.

The volunteers also make teddy bears for pediatric patients. They also make more than 1,000 "comfort pillows" for surgical patients a year. Patients have said the pillows made by the volunteers help them to change positions and feel more comfortable after surgery.

The handmade creations of the volunteers enjoyed during the holiday sales are considered uplifting to patients, visitors and staff. For more information about the Norwalk Hospital Volunteer Program, call 203-852-2023.

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