Nurses' Quilts Comfort Patients

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 5:43 PM EDT

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Nurses' Quilts Comfort Patients

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 8, 2011 at 5:43 PM EDT

Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Each and every day a nurse touches the lives of patients and their families.

However, Kenmore Mercy Hospital nurses Pat Vitthuhn and Laura Nowak are leaving a little bit of themselves through hand-sewn quilts that are given to hospice, transplant donor, and terminally ill Intensive Care Unit patients.

Nowak makes quilts with the group “Blankets for Comfort” from the Sheridan Park Ladies Auxiliary and Vitthuhn makes old fashioned quilts with “St. Mary’s Piecemakers” at St. Mary’s Church in Swormville.

Their projects are labor intensive and utilize a team of quilters, sometimes taking upwards to 15 hours to cut and sew fabric.

“The colors and patterns they use in their quilts would bring a smile to anyone,” said Kathy Vitthuhn, director of nursing and facilitator for the project.

Pat Vitthuhn and Nowak aren’t looking for accolades for their handiwork, but for others to follow by example and help those in need.

“Let’s help out those who are suffering, comfort them, and show compassion,” Nowak said.