Published on April 17, 2018

The Gift of Comfort

Bailey and Maddie Lochner donating blankets to the staff in Family Birthplace at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center

A blanket donation for kids at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center

Bailey Lochner, a senior at Pierz High School, was looking for a project for her Minnesota Honor Society assignment. Making tie blankets for newborns and children at the Family Birthplace in Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center was the project Bailey chose because it would be a fun and useful gift for someone.

Bailey’s sister Maddie helped pick out the soft fleece materials in youthful fun patterns, then the sisters and their grandma began making the blankets that would take them around six weeks to complete.

“The best part was getting to hang out with my sister and grandma”, said Bailey “but making these blankets for young children who need them is very gratifying.”

When Bailey and Maddie presented the blankets to the staff in the Family Birthplace they were thrilled.

“For babies, we often need blankets to throw over their car seats to bring newborns out of the hospital as they prepare to go home”, said Maggie Johnson, Nursing Director at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “We’re sure these soft adorable blankets will be treasured by our littlest patients”.

A gift of comfort is always appreciated at Essentia Health, especially by the patients who receive them and help make the experience a little more comfortable.


Find a Volunteer Opportunity that Fits You
You can find a volunteer opportunity that fits you at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and its clinics in the Brainerd Lakes area.

Matching your talents to a task that you’ll find rewarding is Deb Anderson’s goal. As Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Clinics volunteer coordinator, she’ll discuss ways that you can help at the hospital, a clinic or even from your home.

“We have all kinds of volunteer opportunities, some working with patients and some working in offices. We can even accommodate if you want to stay in your own home”, Deb says. “We’re flexible in scheduling.”

The hospital seeks both adult and teen volunteers to escort patients, deliver mail or flowers, offer manicures, play cards, or just spend time visiting with them.

Last year, more than 230 volunteers gave 22,000 service hours. To talk about volunteer opportunities, call Deb at (218) 828-7610.