Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) Members of the Round Barn Quilters were recognized Monday at Norwood Health Center for a donation of 38 handmade quilts and 46 pillowcases.
The quilts will brighten up the living spaces of long-term residents in the nursing home units, which house patients with a mental health diagnosis. “We were looking for something special, and looking at what can make it more of a homelike environment,” said Liz Masanz, Director of Nursing.
Toward this purpose, the center is currently remodeling its units with updated paint, flooring, and bathrooms.
Masanz first mentioned the idea of making quilts to her mother-in-law, Carol, who presented it to the Round Barn Quilters in January. The next three months, the women put their talents to work.
“It’s amazing to see,” said Masanz. “These ladies did a beautiful job.”
Each woman contributed in some way to the quilts, using material donated to the church or from their own collection and working additional time at home.
“Even if the residents don’t know who we are, I just hope that they feel better with all the bright colors,” said Carol.
“A lot of patients don’t have family or friends that visit, so this will be a really nice gift,” said Jerin Turner, Health Information Manager. “Then they’ll know someone is thinking about them.”
The Round Barn Quilters consists of about 45 members from Marshfield and surrounding communities who gather every Monday at Zion Methodist Church to quilt and craft. The group has undertaken other charity projects such as quilts for fire victims and babies at the hospital, or hats and mittens for those in need. Once a month, members bring in donations for food pantries and other nonprofits.