Blankets donated to the newborn babies at Memorial Hospital

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport are favorites to the Purls of Faith Knitting Group. Members of the group hand craft blankets and other small items for the infants.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is quiet on this day. As newborn babies sleep peacefully, members of the Purls of Faith Knitting Group crowd around one of their creations.

"To see what we've been doing. To see the stuff actually in use," Carolyn Culp said.

Purls of Faith is a group from Faithview Baptist Church in Saucier. Member Carolyn Culp said they have been crocheting and knitting blankets like this for the past two years.

"This is a sample of what we do. Little hats and blankets, and sometimes we'll add booties to make a whole set," said Culp.

NICU Registered Nurse Laura Kennedy said the groups donations really add smiles to the room and make for a more home-like setting for the parents and their baby.

"The parents really appreciate it and some have even made comments saying they might use the pattern in their nursery," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said by the parents' facial expressions, their appreciation for the hand crafted items is shown.

"It's great. Its just so nice to see people wanting to be so engaged in their community like these ladies are. They provide a wonderful service. It's invaluable," said Kennedy.

The ladies group visits Memorial Hospital frequently donating their gifts. Culp said in two years they have made more than 100 blankets and hats for the newborns.

"Oh, just the joy to do something for somebody else. Just to be able to show love for somebody else, that's in a very stressful situation," said Culp.

Purls of Faith donated several items to the NICU this past week.

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