HONESDALE — Patients at DaVita Honesdale Dialysis were met with smiling faces and quilts last Friday morning.
The Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild, based out of Canadensis, made the trek to Honesdale to donate 35 handmade quilts and bags to patients undergoing dialysis.
"When you undergoing dialysis, you get cold," Lin Armstrong said, a social worker at DaVita.
Patients become chilly during treatment because their blood "is being filtered through and artificial kidney," said RN and facility administrator Cindy Houser.
She also said each treatment "takes between three to four hours" and is done "three to four times a week." Once the kidneys begin to fail, the need for dialysis comes from ailments like hypertension and diabetes.
The quilts are the perfect size for those getting treatment to rest on their laps and keep warm during the procedure.
Members of the guild, Debbie Van Kleef and Judy Vadney, were on hand to help patients choose a quilt that fit their personality.
The idea of donating lap quilts came from Van Kleef, whose husband donated his kidney to his brother after months of dialysis. She placed a call to Armstrong and decided to move forward making the quilts and bags.
"The bags are to carry their belongings back and forth" from treatment, Van Kleef said.
This isn't the first, or the last, charity donation the guild has made. They have also donated pillowcases to a nursing home and blankets to new mothers and their babies.
Armstrong, eagerly helping hand out the quilts, said, "It's such a labor of love. We're all very, very touched by their kindness."
Being able to hand the quilts to the new owner was a first for the ladies. Houser said the quilts were a perfect gesture for the patients. "It's a perfect gift that they'll use every treatment."