Women's group offers Monongahela Valley patients 'Gift of Warmth'
To keep cancer patients warm this winter, a Monongahela-area group of women donated 32 handmade fleece scarves to Monongahela Valley Hospital.
Almost all of the scarves, some with a plaid design and others with a diamond-shape print, have already been distributed to patients at Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center.
Patients especially appreciated the gift in this year's frigid winter temperatures, said Debbie Burkhardt, director of radiation oncology, who passed out the scarves along with her team of therapists.
“(The) scarves are very colorful, and it kind of brightens their day,” she said. “They have loved it. They just are amazed that someone's thinking about them.”
The Victory Hill Civic and Social Center's Ladies Auxiliary, a group of about a dozen women, worked together to make the scarves “as fast as we can and as many as we can,” said group President Connie Russell of Monongahela.
Making scarves or hats for the hospital's patients, called “The Gift of Warmth,” has been a winter tradition for the organization. Next year, they'll try to make 50 scarves, she said.
The donation is personal to many members of the group whose family members have battled cancer, Russell said.
“It's such a lift of a person's spirit,” she said. “To put a smile on their face. ... It was not only to keep them warm physically but it was a gift of warmth from our heart.”
Burkhardt knows the donation's importance to the women who made the scarves.
“It's just a mission of love for them,” she said.
The Victory Hill Civic and Social Center's Ladies Auxiliary strives to raise funds with events including bake sales and car cruises. Members also volunteer in the community, for example, donating clothes to the hospital and funds to the Monongahela Area Library. The association was established in the early 1970s.
When the group contacted Mon Valley hospital about the scarf donation, “we were delighted,” said Melissa Marion, the hospital's director of fund development.
Because the hospital has received so many donations recently, staff created a page on the hospital's website titled “spotlight on giving” to feature the donations, Marion said. “We've started to archive and highlight our stories,” she said. “It's community members who have gotten together for a purpose. ... It's one more way that we can showcase and thank our donors.”
Rossilynne Skena Culgan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Man’s holiday spirit lights up Belle Vernon
- Cal U students aid Fayette survey
- Barking dog gripe leads to historic Charleroi drug stash
- Trials ordered for 2 charged in Monongahela mugging case
- 2 charged in Charleroi drug, gun find case
- Ringgold agrees to stay under Pa. tax limit
- Trial ordered for Finleyville man accused of fondling himself near school bus
- West Newton foster father faces child sex charges
- News was plentiful in pre-holiday rush of December 1957
- Convocation center booze battle rages on for California and Cal U
- Trio arrested by Monessen police on drug charges