A group of Alberta crocheters who came together at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic are using their skills to bring joy to NICU families over the holidays.
The NICU Crocheters Facebook group now has hundreds of members, having initially been started by a small group of nurses in 2020.
Members crochet blankets, hats and even full themed outfits for babies spending time at eight different hospitals across Alberta.
“We are all actively involved in supporting each other, making sets of blankets, hats, little octopuses for those babies who sometimes need that little extra to help them in their recovery,” said Talayna Ekelund. , one of the members of the NICU Crocheters group. ,
Ekelund joined the group about eight months ago as a way to give back.
“I have a personal connection with this group because I myself spent five and a half weeks in 2018 at the PICU, which is the pediatric version of the NICU.
“Two and a half weeks of those weeks have been spent sustaining life… and I know how hard everyone contributes and works,” Ekelund said.
“This is my way of being able to pay back, or be able to support whatever the workers in these hospitals do for the children and babies who need a little extra help in life.”
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While the last holiday the group made outfits for was the Christmas season, the project is a year-round endeavor.
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“I specialize more in blankets and hat sets, compared to the outfit set that some people make as well. I’ve done four sets so far, and I’ve done Halloween, Christmas, and I’m currently working on Valentine’s sets, ”Ekelund said.
Outfits and blankets are washed and quarantined before being distributed to hospitals in Alberta.
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The group is always ready to add new members, Ekelund said.
“We’re not exclusive, so if you’re (a) 12 who likes to crochet wants to join, or you’re sitting in a nursing home at 100 and able to crochet – that’s a band welcoming.
“We are a great community, we love to support each other. “
Those interested in joining can find the group on Facebook at this link.
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