Newborns Receive Gifts from Parker Students
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013

More than fifteen newborns at NHCH will receive a special handmade blanket sewn and donated by Parker School students.  Students sewed these blankets as part of an “interim” activity and chose to donate them to the hospital’s Family Birthing Unit.

Patricia Kassis, Math and Science Teacher as well as the Science Department Chair at Parker School’s Upper Campus, shared, “each year Parker Middle and Upper School take a two-day break from standard class work, and teachers offer various classes and fieldtrips focused on learning or community service.  Myself and my colleague, Amanda Dewey,  Math teacher and Math Department Chair at Parker School’s Middle and Upper Campus,  chose to offer a two-day sewing class to interested students.”

Eight students ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade visited TopStitch, a fabric store in Waimea, where they chose the perfect gender-neutral print of fabric for their blankets.  Then the group spent two days learning the basics of using the sewing machine.  Their first project was to make a baby blanket.  “A small blanket is a great beginning sewing project, and we love to incorporate a genuine connection with the community into learning, so we chose to donate the blankets to the hospital,” said Patricia.

The students visited NHCH and presented Diana Leaf, Family Birthing Unit Registered Nurse, with their very first sewing project of fifteen handmade baby blankets.   Diana and the rest of our Family Birthing staff were overjoyed and moved by the students’ thoughtful donation.  Hospital Certified Nurse Midwife, Patricia Hopkins, shared, “I was extremely moved when I saw one of our newborns, who was only hours old, wrapped in such a beautiful blanket.  When I realized it was handmade and donated by Parker School students, it made me so happy.  What a touching and special gift given to our parents and newborns.”

NHCH Director of Holistic Services, Arielle Michael, shares, “ On behalf of NHCH and our Holistic Council, I would like to extend a heartfelt Mahalo to Parker School and these students for sewing baby blankets for our hospital. “From your hearts and with your hands, you touch many lives, and we are humbly grateful and honored,” says Michael.

For more information about donating baby blankets, prayer blankets, blanket material or monetary donations towards NHCH’s Prayer Blanket Ministry, please contact Arielle-Leah Michael, Director of Holistic Services, at or by calling 881.4416. 

Pictured above (in no particular order): Patricia Kassis, Mia Davis, age 17; Stephanie Janovsky, age 18; Lucy Callender, age 13; Ku’ulei Ka’aukai, age 11; Zoe Vann, age 11; Sara Mundon, age 11; Julie Gregg, age 15; Harmony Ring, age 15; and Amanda Dewey.