For over a year, the Quitman High School Anchor Club, a community service-based club for high school students, has been hand-making special cloth hearts for the families of babies being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital- Tyler. Despite some students having used a sewing machine, they carefully cut out fabric hearts and sewed over 500 pieces that will be delivered to the NICU on . These hearts are designed to be worn next to the skin of parents whose children are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and placed next to the baby so they can smell the loving presence of their parent while they are apart.
This project was the brainchild of Anchor Club advisor, Janet Turner. Turner was searching social media for creative ways to use leftover fabric material. These hearts caught her eye and as she researched more about the project she brought it to the Anchor Club to develop. This heart project has a special place in Mrs. Turner’s heart, as her grandson Elijah Turner was born 10 weeks prematurely and spent 57 days in the NICU at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler. With a personal touch to each heart, these students and Janet Turner are excited to be giving back to the hospital that helped heal one of their own.