Teen Girls at YSS Helinski Shelter Make Baby Blankets for Wheeling Hospital

WHEELING — Teen girls living at Youth Services System’s Helinski Shelter on Wheeling Island presented a Wheeling Hospital representative with about 20 baby blankets they made for the hospital’s labor and delivery department.

Margo Scott, Helinski site coordinator, said the girls in the emergency shelter, who are ages 8-17, have enjoyed learning from the staff how to crochet borders around fleece blankets. Scott said crocheting is calming, leads to conversations with each other and the staff, and gives the girls a skill they can use the rest of their lives.

They started out making blankets for themselves, but after receiving donated items from Wheeling Hospital’s certified registered nurse anesthetists several times this year, the girls decided to use their new skills to give back to the hospital by making blankets for the babies born there.

Lisa Smith, community outreach coordinator for the certified registered nurse anesthetists, recently delivered another SUV full of items to the emergency shelter and at the same time picked up the blankets for the hospital.

This is the third time this year that the nurse anesthetists have taken a collection for the emergency shelter. They held a Jeans for Teens drive and a summer recreation drive for items such as beach towels and sunscreen. The items Smith delivered most recently included hair accessories, nail polish, socks, gloves, adult coloring books, colored pencils, books, footballs, soccer balls and clothes.

“I want to thank the nurse anesthetists who donated. They really went above and beyond to help these kids in need,” Smith said

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