9/26/17

Superhero swoops in with her knitting needles ablaze

Gavin Newsome with his treasured blanketWhen the edges of her son’s blanket began to fray, so did Sara Newsome’s nerves.

Fortunately, the now-Georgia resident knew just where to turn. The Carle Center for Philanthropy. She sent a message through Facebook and hoped for the best.

“This may be a long shot, but I'm going to give it a try. My son was born there in 2015, and someone in our family bought a wonderful knit blanket in the gift shop. It’s starting to fall apart because my son takes that blanket everywhere. Is there any way to know if these blankets are still sold? How could I go about getting another one in similar colors?

“We have not found another blanket that is up to toddler standards as this blanket has been amazing.”

Newsome sent along a photo of Gavin snuggled up in his blue and green treasure, and Auxiliary member and avid knitter Carole Moore responded.

Well, it’s a bit trickier than that.

Gift shop manager Donna Sant had to ask around. Many creative and giving crafters donate blankets and other precious items to help provide comfort to families in the hospital.

Once located, Carole didn’t pause for a moment to help a mom she’d never met.

Gavin sleeps soundly with his treasured blankedShe wrote: “I have been handcrafting baby blankets for over 35 years. Please send me the info on the person in need of a replacement.

"I will be more than happy to make a spare one for the little guy.”

Soon, the perfect package will arrive at the Newsome home, and little Gavin will begin breaking in his cuddly new companion piece, much to his mom’s relief.

“Gavin has really clung to this blanket, especially since we moved out of state away from most of our family,” Newsome said. “It's a blessing to know his little safety net will be around for quite some time.”

To learn more about the Carle Auxiliary and other volunteering opportunities, please visit Carle.org/volunteers.