Blankets spread warmth inside and out for cancer patients

senior group donates blankets and more for Carle Cancer Center patientsCozy handmade blankets, hats, socks and slippers can warm the body and the soul. 

The Champaign Park District Senior Citizens group brought a bundle to Carle Cancer Center this week to help those getting chemo stay warmer. Often, the treatment makes a person feel cold. The Park District group is one of several organizations that donate comfort items to Carle Cancer Center throughout the year.

They discovered their efforts to support neighbors facing treatment warmed them, too. 

Nurses give the blankets to people with cancer when they come in for their treatments. The blanket and other items are for the patient to keep.

“Our patients love the blankets. It keeps them nice and warm. Many bring it back for the rest of their treatments,” said Kimberly Harden, LCSW, a social worker at Carle who provides support to patients navigating their cancer treatment.

Donated blankets, socks and more.Christina Harvey, a health care tech at Carle, also serves as the senior program leader at Champaign Park District.

“Our group wanted to give back to the community, and they decided to do this project. They loved getting together and making the fleece blankets, and they love feeling useful,” Harvey said.

Useful? Most certainly.

“It is the highlight of my day when I can give one of these blankets out to one of our patients. They are surprised and their face lights up,” Harden said.

“They are so grateful that someone is thinking of them and wishing them well.”