Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Life

October 13, 2013

Puppy pillows comfort children in hospital

MIDDLEBURY — Many, many soft and cuddly puppy pillows have been made with love and given love in return.

Members of the Middlebury Homemakers Club have made 3,185 “puppy pillows” for distribution throughout Elkhart County for children who have been hurt or scared in various situations.

Jenifer Coffman, director of the Emergency Department at IU Health Goshen Hospital, said the pillows are given to children in the emergency room.

“Sometimes it can change the whole visit for a kid,” Coffman said. “They might be fearful and screaming, and then you give them a pillow. They’ll reach out and maybe smile but still have tears. Sometimes we give one to the parents to help them. They (the pillows) are so soft.”

Coffman said the emergency department has run out of the pillows.

“It does make a difference when the nurses give one to a child,” Coffman said. “It takes away the kiddo’s tears and our goal it to help make them feel better. It’s really an intrinsic reward, giving something so soft to help make our jobs easier at times. They are so nice.”

The ER director appreciates the efforts of the Middlebury Homemakers Club.

“They’re a nice group to work with,” Coffman said.

And the members of the club enjoy making the pillows to help make a difference for children. They also make heart pillows for women with breast cancer at The Retreat Women’s Health Center in Goshen.

Evelyn Kozman of Middlebury knows from personal experience the difference a handmade pillow can make for a child.

Two of her grandchildren received a pillow for different health reasons and thought it was a worthwhile project for the Homemakers Club, if they wanted to do it.

“We started with 261 (in 2003) and kept going up and up (in numbers) until we decided about three years ago that 350 a year was enough,” Kozman said.

Each member of the club contributes different tasks towards the project.

Kozman cuts out the dog pattern pieces and draws a face on the front side of each pillow.

Mary Leach, Dian Wilkey and Glenna Kindy sew the pieces together on their sewing machines, leaving an opening on the bottom edge so Jeannine Talley, Bev Brouwers and Edna Hochstetler can stuff the pillows with polyester stuffing and hand-stitch the seam shut when they are finished.

“It’s fun. We like to do it,” Leach said. “It’s easy and fun for us. I like to find fabric for the pillows. I like to go through Wal-Mart and pick out the cutest fabric.”

The members find fabric and stuffing at garage sales and thrift stores, as well as donations from individuals and a some home economic classes from some area middle schools.

“We enjoy the good fun and good fellowship while working on them,” Talley added. “The hardest part of the project is sewing on the little ears. It’s a great project.”

A label on each pillow tells the recipient who the donors are — Sewn by an Elkhart County Extension Homemaker.

The Middlebury Homemakers Club receive some of their supplies from the Elkhart County Extension Homemakers and from other sources, as well.

They have donated the pillows to local law enforcement agencies, as well as the hospitals.

Kozman smiled after reading a thank-you note from Coffman.

“She wrote, ‘The sweet handmade pillow pets, they bring a smile to our kiddos,’” Kozman said. “We feel like we have been doing something very good as we work on them for others.”

For more information on donations or becoming a member of the Middlebury Homemakers Club, call the club president at 574-825-2697.

 

1
Text Only
Life
  • GN140728 FAIR Presidents Baked Items multiberry crisp.jpg Multi-berry crisp claims fair president's award President Tim Yoder’s Baked Item this year was fruit crisp.Of the 20 entries, first place went to Sally Kyle of Goshen with her Multi-berry Crisp. FIRST PLACEMulti-berry CrispSally Kyle, Goshen1-1/2 cups flour3/4 cup brown sugar, packed1 stick cold b

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140728 FAIR Anything Goes with Cabbage.jpg May Beane wins Anything Goes with Cabbage May Beane of Elkhart won the Anything Goes with Locally Grown Cabbage contest, sponsored by Sweet Corn Charlie Produce, Wednesday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.Twelve exhibitors entere 12 cabbage recipes.FIRST PLACEChicken Cabbage SaladMay Beane, El

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140728 FAIR blueberries.jpg Bread pudding takes Bursting with Blueberries prize Former Goshen resident and current Gainesville, Texas, resident Diana Julien Sims’ recipe for Blueberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Amaretto Cream Sauce won the Bursting with Blueberries top prize at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.The contest too

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Briefly GOSHENCripe reunion set for Aug. 16Anyone with an ancestor who was a Cripe is invited to attend the Cripe reunion Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Goshen Church of the Brethren, 1200 Berkey Ave. in Goshen.At 10 a.m., speaker Jerry Cripe will giv

    July 28, 2014

  • stephanie price column sig WHOLE FAMILY: Adapting a pledge I can truly honor “I solemnly pledge myself … in the presence of this assembly to practice my profession faithfully. I will safeguard my clients and the public when health care and safety are at stake. I vow to adhere to the legal and ethical principles of the profess

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • THE NATURALIZED MID-AMERICAN: Master wood craftsman shows the inner beauty of trees I am still surprised by the beauty I see in these lengths of wood, and suppose I always will be. They are testament to the carefully-wrought, intricate, and deep craft of creation. They are testament to Don’s generous craftsmanship, too — for which I am very grateful — which was an expression of the joyful Craft that created him. He and those beautiful boards were cut from the same living tree.

    July 27, 2014

  • Briefly ELKHART‘Dog Daze of Summer’ Aug. 2The Pillars of Elkhart will host the fourth annual Dog Daze of SummerAug. 2 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Civic Plaza in downtown Elkhart. Dog Daze will feature two local bands, High Gravity and MR Z Band. Hot Dog vendors

    July 27, 2014

  • GN140726 Queen Kaahumanu GLOBAL FAITHS: Hawaiians' conversion to Christianity helped women A recent trip to Hawaii to visit family drew my attention again to Hawaiian religion. Original Hawaiians are Polynesians who came to Hawaii from Tahiti, Samoa, Easter Island and other Pacific islands between 500 and 1300 A.D. These Hawaiians were polytheists who worshiped and built shrines to various nature deities. But on the big island of Hawaii they came to revere especially Pele, the fierce and violent goddess of volcanoes.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Briefly SYRACUSEThe Book of Job presentation Aug. 1The public is invited to experience the Book of Job at a one-man dramatization by the Rev. Dave Marty Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the auditorium of the Oakwood Resort Event Center, 702 E. L

    July 26, 2014

  • THE PLAIN SIDE: A hunter finds his delight in God's nature with deer There, in the grass, lies a 12-point buck that the neighbor hit with his van. You quickly estimate the deer at 170 or better. No way. You ask a few tight-lipped questions and yes, the driver affirms the direction the deer was going. He points a still

    July 26, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results