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Helping Hands Project

Providing TLC to Patients

The Helping Hands Project began during the fall of 2012 to provide special "TLC" items to patients at Cass Regional Medical Center. The idea for the project began when Cass Regional Medical Center's Patient Experience Team, which includes employees, Auxiliary members and Board of Trustee members, identified a need for certain items that would be helpful and comforting to patients during their treatment and recovery, both in the hospital and at home.

The project was adopted by the Cass Regional Auxiliary to create gifts of the heart (by talented hands) for those who needed a little comfort and TLC. Over time, several groups around the area including Girl Scout troops, church groups, sewing guilds, women's clubs and individuals who have been patients themselves or have had family members treated at Cass Regional, have put their sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting skills to use and have made hundreds of items for Cass Regional patients. Several of those helping, along with area businesses, have donated thousands of dollars in fabric and notions to create these TLC items, which include comfort pillows, rice bags, lap throws, cancer survivor caps and walker caddies. These items are distributed to Cass Regional ICU, Med/Surg Unit, Surgery and Physical and Occupational Therapy patients to take home. They are also given to the Infusion Therapy and Oncology patients in the Specialists Clinic.

If you are interested in supporting this project by making items or donating goods needed to make the items (i.e. fabric, polyfill, yarn, etc.), or know of a person or group who would like to participate, please contact Martha Sims, project chair, at (816) 210-3554 or via email at mhsims@aworldofsmiles.net for more details.