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MOUNT VERNON -- Eighteen tied fleece blankets were donated to Hospice of Knox County, Member Hospice of North Central Ohio by Sew Special Network with volunteers from Utica Middle School.

Monetary funds for the materials needed to make the blankets were provided by Women United which is an Affinity Group at the United Way of Knox County. The students from Utica Middle School made the blankets as part of a service project to give back to the community.

Sew Special Network, an organization specializing in making hand-made items and other special materials for seniors in Knox County, made the arrangements for getting the materials to create the blankets.

The wonderful volunteers from the Sew Special Network worked along-side the students at Utica Middle School to guide and inspire them on their service project.

“On a monthly basis Sew Special Network makes and delivers therapy rice bags, walker totes, protective clothing covers, pillow cases and lap throws," said Bonnie Perkins, Director of Sew Special Network. "With the award from Women United  we were able to double our efforts for November.”

The blankets were given to patients in Knox County and team members delivering the blankets had positive feedback.

“Our organization is grateful for these blankets. Our patients will know they were made with love by so many community members," stated Danielle Sutton, Volunteer Coordinator.

Hospice of North Central Ohio serves more than 200 patients daily in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties who are living with chronic and terminal illnesses. Additionally, free continuous bereavement services are provided for hundreds of families of hospice patients and to anyone in the community experiencing grief.

Call 800-952-2207 for more information. HNCO is a non- profit organization with over 36 years of experience and a community partner of United Way of Ashland and Knox County.

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