Published on January 31, 2019

The Gift of Comfort

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

Recently the Brainerd Junior Jaycees worked with the Supportive and Palliative Care team to create blankets for seriously ill patients receiving these services at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

The Brainerd Junior Jaycees is a youth chapter of young volunteers ages 7-17 working to improve their leadership skills giving back to the community. They hold events for the community and volunteer at events held by the Brainerd Jaycees. Most recently they worked to create letters and art work to send to deployed troops, new recruits, veterans, and first responders through Operation Gratitude, and volunteer at the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza.

“When people are faced with chronic and life limiting illnesses it’s often the heart felt, personal care items that bring joy,” says Abbey Baillif, Supportive and Palliative Care Program Coordinator. “For them, knowing that someone cared enough to personally hand make something to be shared with them means the world. These kids donating their time to make blankets is heartfelt on both sides.“

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.

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