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Boys & Girls Club youth crochet hats for infants at hospital

Alesia Tello, 11, in purple, shows off the bunny hat she made for a newborn at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital. Alesia and other youth with the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township crocheted the hats so they could donate them to patients. Also pictured (from left): Jay’ana Leverson, Nevaeh Phimmachack and Alexa Simon.
Alesia Tello, 11, in purple, shows off the bunny hat she made for a newborn at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital. Alesia and other youth with the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township crocheted the hats so they could donate them to patients. Also pictured (from left): Jay’ana Leverson, Nevaeh Phimmachack and Alexa Simon.

A group of fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township crocheted hats for newborns at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital and recently stopped by the hospital to present their donations.

“These wonderful hats and blankets certainly brightened our day and will be treasured gifts to the families we serve here at Huntley Hospital,” said Joan Stout, manager of operations for perinatal services at the Huntley hospital.

Stout and Ellen Cleary, vice president of ancillary operations, joined several obstetrics nurses in accepting the donation, which also included blankets and headbands.

Cleary was impressed by the students’ work and generosity.

“They have such passion for learning how to crochet,” she said. “Their skills are allowing them to impact our littlest patients. I am so inspired by this program that I have started collecting yarn from my friends and family to donate to the Boys & Girls Club. I hope they continue to crochet, and I hope they are learning that their efforts are valuable and appreciated.”

Debbe Lowe, who leads the after-school crochet program for the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township at Parkview Elementary School in Carpentersville, said she has been helping her students learn how to crochet. Several students shared how much fun they had making the hats in the past few months.

MiKayla Harrington, 10, said that she was happy their hats would help keep newborns warm.

“Every stitch I made was made with love,” MiKayla said.

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