“Common Thread,” a needle arts group recently formed by
North Oaks Volunteer Services, is seeking volunteers to knit/crochet and donate shawls and lap blankets
of various sizes to
North Oaks Medical Center and
North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital patients.
“If you can knit or crochet a simple pattern, you have the opportunity
to bring warmth and comfort to patients facing serious health challenges,”
explains North Oaks Volunteer Services/Foundation Director Staci Arceneaux.
“We accept donations year-round. This means volunteers can work
at their own pace.”
Those interested in becoming Common Thread volunteer knitters and crocheters may
click here for pattern downloads, yarn specifications and program information.
Once completed, each shawl and lap blanket should be washed and dried alone
to remove any potential allergens. Next, place it in a sealed plastic
bag with a note containing your name, mailing and/or email addresses and
the style name given to your creation (if desired).
Shawls and lap blankets can be delivered in person to the North Oaks Volunteer
Services Office on the first floor of North Oaks Medical Center at 15790
Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond. Donations also can be mailed to North
Oaks Volunteer Services, c/o North Oaks Medical Center, P.O. Box 2668,
Hammond, LA 70404.
A “Common Thread” label and note containing words of comfort
will be affixed to each shawl and blanket received. Patients will be able
to choose a shawl or blanket from a book cataloging and describing available
To learn more about the Common Thread program, call North Oaks Volunteers
Services Director Staci Arceneaux at (985) 230-6674 or North Oaks Vice
President of Strategy and Outreach Tracy Randazzo at (985) 230-6080.