Hillcrest students warm hearts with handmade blankets
April 25, 2013 1:58PM
A group from Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills brought blankets for patients in Advocate Children’s Hospital's pediatric oncology unit in Oak Lawn. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 29, 2013 6:06AM
Students and staff from Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills delivered 14 handmade fleece blankets to Advocate Children’s Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit in Oak Lawn.
The students assembled the blankets during the school year for children coming in for cancer treatment.
The students toured the Keyser Center with Jamie Bruno, a child life specialist from the hospital. She showed them exam rooms, treatment rooms and machines used for chemotherapy, as well as a tree of hats and a treasure chest full of new toys for the children. The tree of hats holds donated new hats for kids to wear before, during and after treatment.
Bruno said the blankets would be given to children as they came in for their treatments. She emphasized how much the children love to pick a blanket.
“I thought the field trip was wonderful,” freshman Jonathan Neal said. “We got to deliver the blankets we made and see where they were going. It did make me a little sad though because I felt so bad for the kids.”
Teacher Tracy Safarik, who was part of the project, said she was extremely impressed with the Hillcrest students.
“It was great to see our students give to others and to watch them as they connected and related to something that many of them have never experienced before,” Safarik said. “All of the students left the hospital wanting to return with more blankets and possibly hats. They all thought this was a great cause.”
To donate fleece to Hillcrest’s program, email Safarik at Tsafarik@bhsd228.com.