Special to The Dorchester Banner/Coastal Hospice
The Loving Hands ladies who meet in the St. Andrews Parish Center in north Ocean City regularly knit and crochet lap blankets for hospice patients.
SALISBURY – Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care is in need of lap blankets to give to patients in their care. Many hospice patients become chilled in the cold of winter, and Coastal Hospice has traditionally provided lap blankets to give them comfort and warmth. Several groups, including Loving Hands of Ocean City, regularly make and generously donate lap blankets for hospice patients. But this year, the demand is exceeding the supply on hand. “Our patients — many of whom are bed ridden or in wheelchairs — truly appreciate the extra comfort and warmth these lap blankets provide,” said Judy Hunt-Harris, volunteer services manager for Coastal Hospice. “It also makes them feel a little bit better knowing someone out there cares about them.” Most appropriate are knitted, crocheted or soft fleece lap blankets. Items must be new, and can be either handmade or purchased. The ideal size is approximately 36x42 inches. Donations are being accepted during regular business hours at the Coastal Hospice main office at 2604 Old Ocean City Road in Salisbury or at Coastal Hospice at the Ocean at 10041 Racetrack Road, Taylorville Center, in Berlin. More information is available from Judy Hunt-Harris at 410-543-2590. Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible. Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.