Quilters donate blankets - with a smile
Forest Grove rehab facility residents delighted by colorful gifts
The beach is Kathy Broomes favorite place. But its been hard for her to get there now that she lives at the Forest Grove Rehabilitation & Care Center.
So when a group of local quilters gave her a sea-themed lap quilt Sunday, May 15, she was surprised and delighted.
I remember as a kid we would just live at the beach. Wed make marshmallows and hot dogs and the adults would dance, said Broome, who visited the beach as much as possible as a child and later as an adult. When I think of any place thats peaceful and calming to me, its always the ocean.
Bonnie Shumaker and the other quilters got a tip that Broome loves the ocean and hand-made a quilt especially for her. They also made patriotic-themed quilts for U.S. military veterans, a gardening quilt for a lady who loved to garden and a school-themed quilt for a retired teacher all of whom live at the facility with Broome.
The group has been meeting at St. Bedes Episcopal Church in Forest Grove once a month since January to work on the lap quilts, which are handy for wheelchairs.
Shumaker got the idea after witnessing how much her mother enjoyed a garden-themed quilt while living in a nursing home after she could no longer garden, one of her life-long passions.
The fabric was donated by longtime Forest Grove resident and Rosemary Kemper Riddock, who died suddenly in the fall of 2015. Theyve made about a dozen quilts so far and will continue the effort.
Its very nice of these ladies who made them, said Bryan Corke, a resident of the center who received a quilt.
Corke gets cold during and after his kidney dialysis treatments, so hes excited for his quilt, which has a soft fuzzy fabric on one side thats sort of like poodle hair.
I had no idea this was happening, Corke said. I am humbled and grateful.