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St. Luke’s Hospital is grateful for a volunteer’s donations

Vaseline 2 months ago

St. Luke’s Hospital is grateful for one of their loyal volunteers and her gift giving efforts. For National Volunteer Week, they wanted to highlight the noble efforts of one woman.

Anita Goellner continues to volunteer her time and talents by sewing pillows, blankets and more for patients at St. Luke’s Hospital. As of March, Goellner spent more than 2,600 hours volunteering at the hospital gift shop.

“I have been volunteering at St. Luke’s for over a decade,” Goellner said. “It gives me the feeling of being useful and doing something that is important. It helps people, and I’m a people person.”

Goellner also said she hopes to calm people undergoing surgery in the hospital. One of the many gifts she sews is for women undergoing mastectomy.

“This is a mastectomy pillow. There’s a little bit of Velcro here, and people wear it like that,” Goellner said. “It protects the incision if it is new. I always like to look for really cheerful fabrics, because that’s a bad thing.”

Every little piece of scrap fabric helps make a sweet gift for a patient, Anita said. She also enjoys helping children make sure they feel safe at St. Luke’s.

“We have pediatric patients come in, and to make them a little more comfortable with the scary experience they might be going through, we give them some nice pillowcases,” Goellner said. “They can just take them home.”

But why does Anita spend her time sewing pillows, bags and other gifts for people? She said it would bring a little peace and joy to someone in need.

“I like meeting people and helping people, and I think that’s the most important thing: being able to help someone.”

To learn more about volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital, read more here. You can also read more about other stories about volunteer work here.