TMC Sewing Volunteers Featured in Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Daily Star featured the TMC Auxiliary sewing group in its May 17 edition.

The volunteers meet every Tuesday morning to produce items that help comfort patients. 

The group made more than 1,000 heart-shaped pillows last year for cardiac patients, who might hold them to their chest when they cough or breathe deeply. They made more than 530 bags which drape over walkers, with convenient pockets to carry items in.

Sandi Triplett, the nurse manager in the orthopaedic department, said patients are deeply appreciative of the walker bags. “They are such a godsend,” she said. Patients have their hands full with the walker, Triplett explained, so it isn’t as easy to carry a comb or their keys or their cell phone, or the other things we might typically carry.

“This allows patients the freedom to still have all those supplies handy so they can still be productive and active,” she said.

Armed with thread and fabric, the volunteers also make fleece blankets and sheets  for newborns and quilts for pediatric patients at Christmas time. They also make something called a “busy pillow” – comprised of zippers, key rings, straps, beads, fake fur and satin – designed to keep hands active for patients with dementia or who otherwise appreciate the tactile distraction.

For more information about joining the effort, call TMC volunteer services at 324-5355.

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