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Good Shepherd Hospital Community Service Options
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Good Shepherd Hospital

Craft Projects

1) Baby blankets for infants in neonatal intensive care.
You are free to purchase the baby yarn of your choice in shades of either pink or blue and use the knit or crochet pattern of your choice. Finished dimensions should be 24 inches wide by 28 inches long. If you would like instructions or a refresher on how to do basic knit or crochet stitches, you are welcome to go to the hospital on Thursdays from 12-1pm, when a group gathers in the volunteer department. If going to the hospital is not practical, there is a terrific website www.theknitwitch.com with instructional videos that are very clear and can be watched as many times as needed. Other baby items are needed from time to time including knit baby hats or seasonal items such as large Christmas stockings to hold babies born during the holidays.

2) Prayer shawls
You can knit or crochet prayer shawls for patients and/or family members of patients. Usually the shawls are blessed by your religious community before being delivered to the hospital; however, the shawls could also be blessed by the hospital’s chaplains. Dimensions are 60 inches long and 28 - 30 inches wide and can be created in the pattern of your choice.

3) Pillows for patients
You can sew three sides of a pillow slip (sewn by hand or with a sewing machine) leaving the fourth side open for hospital volunteers to stuff the pillow and hand sew it closed. Fabric that is pre-cut and ready for sewing can be picked up at the volunteer department in the hospital by arrangement. Alternatively, you could purchase your own non-flammable, 100% cotton fabric and polyester stuffing and deliver completed patient pillows to the hospital. If you purchase your own fabric then please bring the fabric to the hospital for sterilization prior to making the pillow. The raw material for the pillows should be 10 inches by 15 inches.

4) Tray favors
The Luv Ewes are always on the lookout for cute items to place on meal trays to cheer up the patients, which they do about twice a month. The Luv Ewes are a group of volunteers who have been making handcrafted items for the patients at Good Shepherd Hospital for several decades. If you have a seasonal idea, the Luv Ewes would love to hear from you! The finishing work is done on Wednesdays in the volunteer department at the hospital. Many of the tray favors require handiwork done in advance for 140 trays. If you have an idea, a skill or materials to contribute and could create or assist in creating 140 of these tray favors, the Luv Ewes would LOVE to talk to you! Please contact the volunteer department at the hospital for more information.

Special events

From time to time Good Shepherd Hospital will host or sponsor events that require the assistance of volunteers to run the event such as Art in the Barn. Keep an eye out for these special opportunities to complete your community service hours while volunteering for one of the largest and most important organizations in our community.

Getting Started

Choose one of the options above and then contact Good Shepherd Hospital directly to make arrangements to complete your two hours of community service.
Call (847) 381-0123

Lynette Eeg, Volunteer Coordinator, Ext. 265093 (M, W, Th, F 8am-4:30pm); or
Julie Zuidema, Manager, Volunteer Services/Community Relations,
Ext. 265094 (M-F 8am-6pm),


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