Sewing With a Purpose (SWP) has been busy preparing
flannel hearts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for
the Golisano Children’s Hospital. The table in the SWP
room is set up as stations for helpers to participate in a
station or skill they can share to complete this project.
Flannel Hearts 1 — 2 — 3
Station 1 -- Select flannel and take a template to trace
and cut a heart --- samples for this stage are on the table.
Scrap flannel is brought back to church and placed in the
scrap box for Darlene who donated flannel and uses each
piece ... no waste with this project.
Station 2 – Cut hearts are placed in this box and machine
sewing is required. Sample of this is provided
Station 3 - Sewn hearts are placed in this box for the
hearts to be turned right side out and hand sew the little
opening closed. Ironing the heart finishes it.
We have been requested to make 50 hearts per month
for this service project. Each preemie baby receives two
hearts. One is on the mom’s chest transferring her scent
to the flannel heart. The heart is then placed in the
incubator for the baby to lie on. This is an emotional and
physical bonding between the mom and the baby. The
hearts are washed and cycled through so that the mom
and the baby continue to bond. A little history for this
project .... Shirley VonBergen was the person who heard
about this and approached SWP to see if we could help
support this need at Strong Hospital.
Thank you to everyone who is praying for this outreach
and involved in this ministry.