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Church’s Blanket Ministry for neonatal care keeps sewing group busy

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Blanket Ministry

Members of the Blanket Ministry at Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin work on  blankets that are donated to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at TriStar Centennial.

The Blanket Ministry at Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin is continuing to make a difference for those in need.

Since 2014, the Blanket Ministry has been operating out of Oak Valley, where it creates 1,600 blankets per year to donate to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at TriStar Centennial Hospital in Nashville.

To date, more than 10,000 blankets have been sewn.

The group was started by Lynda Buchanan in 2011 as a home sewing group that decided to start making blankets for TriStar Centennial after a grandson of one of the group members, Thomas McGregor, passed away at the hospital.

For four years, the group averaged 1,200 blankets per year. Then, in 2014, the Blanket Ministry moved to Oak Valley and upped its output.

Forty volunteers who sew, wash and iron the blankets meet four times every year at Oak Valley to make 1,600 blankets, totaling over 10,000 so far.

The church has included the ministry in its budget since 2015, which pays for approximately half of the cost needed to produce the blankets.

Because of the cost, the ministry is dependent on donations. Buchanan feels very blessed for both the budget amount and the donations the ministry receives, and is even more grateful to the church members for their financial help, physical support and hard work. 

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