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In January 2014, the Airdrie 1st Club (formerly Airdrie Lioness Hamper Foundation) created a new program called the Blankets 4 Kids Program.

A Hug You Can Take With You

Airdrie is not yet equipped to care for our really sick kids so they are often sent to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Children from birth to just over one year will be in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and those from one month to 17 years of age will be in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit).

These two units are areas in the hospital which provide sick kids with the highest levels of care. It differs from other parts of the hospital in that PICU allows intensive nursing care and monitoring things like heart rate, breathing and blood pressure around the clock. They are also able to perform life saving surgeries within the PICU itself such as putting a child on ECMO.

The kids are often confined to bed for long periods of time. So to make them a little more comfortable we are making fleece blankets that they can lay on. Each blanket is handmade with love and is meant to offer comfort, a touch of home and love from a stranger to a patient and their family in difficult situations in the hospital. These blankets are for them to keep and to take home with them when they are well enough to leave.

How Do We Make These

Once or twice a year a group of the Airdrie 1st Club members
get together and do an evening of blanket making.

One or two of our members will keep their eyes open for deals
on good quality bulk flannel in both solid colour and patterned.

On the night that we get together to make the blankets,
our leaders in the project will have:

  1. Cut out the material to the correct size
  2. Assembled all the necessary materials required to make the blankets
  3. Laid everything out in work stations

In groups of 3-5 we will work at a station and in the course of an evening each team will make 4 to 6 blankets.  They are very easy to make once instruction is given.

This is an evening that many of our members look forward to
because a lot is accomplished, while we get to know each other better.

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