Volunteers make quilts for cancer patients

By Julia Bruck - bioemail

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The warmth of the Heartland is wrapped up around some of the youngest patients in a St. Louis hospital.

Back in September the owner of Calico Country, Chuck Clark, in Carbondale learned his 2-year-old niece had cancer.

Clark's niece went to Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center for treatment.

He says while visiting, he noticed many children were alone. Clark says he returned to Carbondale and started a quilting project in an effort to bring a spark of color to kids in the hospital.

"One small thing that we were able to do that might be able to just let families and children know that there is someone out there that cares," Clark said.

The quilts are put together by volunteers from across the Heartland.  Clark says he provides the fabric and sewing machines at the store for the volunteers.

Once finished, Clark hand delivers the quilts along with crochet hats.

His 2-year-old niece left the hospital Monday.  Clark says so far they've made 215 quilts, but even though she is home, they plan to continue the project.

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