St. Rita's to receive infant hats blessed by priest

(LIMA; March 6, 2017) Families staying at St. Rita’s Health Partners Special Care Nursery will each receive a special surprise on Tuesday, March 7. Early last week a registered nurse on the special care floor received a call from Ottawa-Glandorf High School’s Crochet Club. Club members had been busy crocheting baby hats. They wanted to donate these to the special care unit’s families.

“We are delighted that these students thought of our special care families to donate these hats to,” Kim Neuenschwander, clinical manager at St. Rita’s Health Partners Special Care Nursery, said. “We greatly appreciate their generosity and know that our families will appreciate this gift even more.”

The special care nursery is for babies born prematurely or those having special health needs. The staff on this floor is equipped to help take care of the tiny patients staying on the floor. St. Rita’s is a Level II Special Care Nursery.

The crochet club members will arrive at the special care nursery located at 730 W. Market St., Lima, Ohio 45801 on March 7 at 3:30 p.m. to deliver the hats to the nursery and the families staying on the floor. What makes this even more special is that they had each of the hats blessed by a priest.

“During a time that can be difficult for many families, this is a gift that will truly bring hope and healing to these little patients and their family members,” Neuenschwander said.

St. Rita’s Special Care Nursery and families look forward to meeting Ottawa-Glandorf High School Crochet Club members tomorrow. St. Rita’s mission is to make lives better – mind, body and spirit. The club’s generosity and thoughtfulness could not be a more perfect example of a community effort that aligns perfectly with this mission.