Organization provides quilts, comfort for kids at Children's Medical Center

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email
Quilts for Kids donated many blankets to the Children's Medical Center. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 2, 2012)

Quilts for Kids donated many blankets to the Children's Medical Center. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 2, 2012)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It was a special day for many at the Children's Medical Center on Thursday.

More than 100 children received the gift of a quilt. But for these children, the gift they were given was a lot more than a quilt.

The group brought 90 quilts and 39 mini quilts for premature babies.

Claudia Crawford, 11, was one f the children who received a quilt. She has been in the hospital for two weeks.

"It's been hard for me because I've been away from my sister and my aunts and uncles and even though they came to visit, I'm still here in the hospital," Crawford said.

They're still trying to figure out what's wrong, something that's been really hard on her mother.

"It's been emotional, it's been tough," said Crawford's mother, Margaret Crawford. "We've taken every X-ray, every test, every sample, specimen, blood work, you name it, and it's all normal but yet she's still in a lot of pain. She's still vomiting."

With no answers, the days have been difficult, but now they've found comfort in a quilt.

"That was really surprising," Crawford said. "I love the quilt."

It's a special day for the volunteers as well.

"It's a privilege, and it's a blessing in our lives. Our volunteers do these for various reasons," said Cheryl Sloan from Quilts for Kids.

Quilts for Kids volunteers spend their time putting together each individual quilt and then giving them to children who are going through a tough time.

"When you deliver the quilts and you see actually where they go, it has more meaning to it," Sloan said.

Crawford's mother says she's overwhelmed by their generosity.

"These are strangers," she said, "These aren't people that we go to church with or we know. They're praying for our child and they're here to visit us and they've come all the way from Waycross to do it and you just can't believe it."

For the volunteers giving the quilts, it gives them as much warmth in their hearts as it gives the kids in their hospital beds.

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