Help League of Albuquerque volunteers make handcrafted knitted hats and blankets for UNMH sufferers

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (FOX) – The Assistance League of Albuquerque is a non-profit organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers. The community work they do ranges from the youngest in need to the elderly in need of support through eight philanthropic programs.

One of their programs, Tender Loving Care, provides the University of New Mexico Hospital with blankets, quilts, and knitted chemo caps. Assistance League of Albuquerque volunteers Shirley Daugherty, Caryl Ann Gutheninz and Pam Verstyman visit the set to discuss the Tender Loving Care program.

Volunteers have invested thousands of hours creating handcrafted and knitted items to alleviate the difficulties some newborns and cancer patients face. Around 2,000 items are donated to the hospital every year.

From 2017 to 2018, 42 women donated 6,344 hours to create handcrafted items for 1,848 pediatric and adult cancer patients at UNMH.

“I used to be a knitter in college and I gave up everything when you started teaching and having kids and I stopped that. And then I joined the league and was approached and thought, “Oh, I can do this” and I love it, “said Pam.” You get great answers when people find out what you do to make me feel good too . “

The community can help by donating materials such as thread or flannel for blankets to the program. The program also welcomes knitters and sewers from the community who wish to contribute to the program.

Membership in the Albuquerque Assistance League is open to everyone and includes membership in administrative committees as well as donating service hours for philanthropic activities and fundraising. Further information on membership can be found here.

For more information on Tender Loving Care, visit the Assistance League of Albuquerque official website.

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