Oakwood seeks volunteers to ‘Spread the Love’

For anyone looking for a feel-good service project, it’s easy to ‘share the love.’

Oakwood Healthcare is looking for people willing to donate to the Spread the Love program, which provides blankets to patients at each of the four Oakwood hospitals in the Detroit metro area. These beautiful crochet or knit blankets are given by chaplains and nurses to patients who may be approaching end of life, who may be facing a tough diagnosis, or who simply need to remember that they are not alone and that there are people they do not even know who care about them, according to Chaplain Beverly Beltramo, director of Spiritual Support Services for Oakwood Healthcare.

“Receiving a blanket can be life changing,” said Beltramo, one of the founders of the program. “At a time when someone feels so alone, these blankets are a powerful reminder of the prayers, the care and the love of others.”

For nearly nine years, special volunteers from throughout the Oakwood service area have been making “Spread the Love” blankets for the patients at the four Oakwood Hospitals. There are just not enough people making blankets, right now, and Beltramo said Oakwood is currently running very, very low on them.

“Each blanket is a treasure and we treat it as such,” she said. “We try so hard to make them last, but there just aren’t enough to go around.”

If you or someone you know might be willing to knit or crochet “Spread the Love blankets for an Oakwood hospital, contact Beltramo at 313.982.5698. Blankets should be approximately 3’ x 3.5’ and made of washable yarn. Any pattern, any color, is warmly welcomed and deeply appreciated, she said. Blankets are needed at all four of our Oakwood hospitals.

CUTLINE: Girl Scouts from Troop 40847, based in Trenton, donated several blankets to the program last year.