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February 7, 2013

Blankets, throws and quilts for dialysis patients

CHICKASHA — Beth Armstrong of the 4-H Tuttle Community Club, is bringing a little warmth to those undergoing dialysis.

Three years ago, Armstrong’s father started undergoing dialysis. The process, which takes four hours, makes patients very cold.

Dialysis centers do not provide blankets and new patients don’t know to bring their own or they forget to bring a blanket.

Armstrong, age 11, has stepped up to this challenge and started making as well as collecting blankets, throws and quilts to benefit dialysis patients at Sooner, Chickasha and Norman dialysis centers.

Beth said her mother, Sue Armstrong, has helped her with the project.

Taylor said 4-H projects are a good way for kids to develop their interests, and that most interests can become part of a 4-H project. Community service and public speaking are emphasized. Taylor said if their are parents out there with kids who are interested in projects like this, she can get them in contact with a 4-H group that will fit their needs.

Blankets should be about 44-50” x 60-72”. Drop off sites are at the OSU Extension Office at 828 Choctaw Ave in Chickasha and the Tuttle Flower Boutique at 310 W. Main St. in Tuttle. Liz Taylor, Extension Educator for Youth Development at the OSU Extension Office in Chickasha, said that if someone needs to have blankets picked up, they can call the extension office at 224-2216.

Armstrong has spoken to OHCE as well as the 4-H Tuttle Community about the project. She is available to speak to club meetings. Those interested should email tedsue@sbcglobal.net.

In March, the 4-H Tuttle Community Club will be meeting to make quilts, throws and blankets. Armstrong said the project will be ongoing.

Taylor said she is impressed with Armstrong’s project because it shows a real understanding of helping the community.

“I look forward to her having a bright 4-H future,” Taylor said.

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