MT. ZION, Ill. (WCIA) — For 15-years, women in Our Town have continued their work. They make blankets for cancer patients.
The idea started by a teen who wanted to fill a need. But, all these years later, the need has not changed. Snuggies for the Soul continues on.
The best part is the group hasn’t run into any financial troubles. In 15-years, they’ve only had three fundraisers. Each month, they buy materials to make more.
The family running the program says, unfortunately, every day there are more to make. It’s a small gesture going a long way for those battling cancer.
“She noticed everyone was cold and she decided everybody needed a blanket.”
Lindsay Farr Underwood made her first blanket for her grandfather. He was battling the disease and spent countless hours at the Cancer Center for treatment.
“He called it his snuggie and that’s how it started Snuggies for the Soul.”
15-years have passed Lindsay moved away, but the efforts haven’t stopped. Her grandmother, Patti, and mother, Lisa, now keep the program alive.
“We decided we would do it as long as we had the money to do it and so far, the money has never run out.”
Cut by cut, the Underwoods keep the program alive.
“It’s like giving them a hug, but you can’t give them a hug, all of them.”
They’ve made thousands of snuggies, all with a special purpose.
“It’s important because cancer is a devastating disease and, when you get that news, it’s a very lonely place and sometimes, people just need a little bit of comfort.”
The Underwoods say, without the help of their dedicated volunteers, this wouldn’t be possible. They appreciate the generosity from those who receive the blankets as well.
“We get numerous thank you cards from them and many of them send a donation with their thank you card.”
Each month, they take them to the patients and find comfort in knowing their blankets are wrapped around those who need it most.
“They’re so thankful that someone else is thinking of them and praying for them. It’s just a really good feeling.”
When speaking with Lindsay by phone, she said she’s grateful her family is keeping the program as well as seeing her grandfather’s legacy live on through the snuggies. She adds the community has always been there to help in any way they can.
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