Circle of Love donates special pillows to BMH; looks for community help

To help make patients more comfortable, members of the Circle of Love and community volunteers recently made and donated about two dozen specially-designed handmade neck pillows to the Brooks Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy Department.

According to Josie Christopher, “everyone contributed” to the pillow project, using fabric donated from the community and with pieces cut and sewn by Flo Simons.

Sheila Lawrence’s church members from South Stockton Wayside Chapel in Sinclairville stuffed each pillow.

The finishing touches were then completed by the Circle of Love.

Christopher said the Circle is a group of dedicated volunteers created to provide support primarily for cancer patients throughout Chautauqua and surrounding counties.

In addition to its latest donation, the group has given gifts and made contributions to services at Brooks Memorial Hospital over the years in departments including ICU, the Surgical Waiting Room and the Recovery Room.

Christopher recently explained that the Circle of Love has undergone some changes. It is meeting less often, but still is there for the community.

She is looking for people who want to help with her efforts to make pillows to go with the prayer shawls the group makes.

This is a great project for those who have cotton fabric left over from sewing projects.

The material must be clean, in good condition, soft to the touch and colorful.

Use a fabric piece that is about 16 inches by 16 inches. Fold and sew two sides.

Christopher said she will provide the filling for the pillow and encourage the senior residents in facilities to help stuff the pillows.

Pillows will be matched with prayer shawls and distributed as needed. Many go to cancer patients.

For questions or more information, call Josie Christopher at 366-0698.