Hugs to Snuggies for the Soul!
A Look Back in Time….
It all began in 2003, while Lindsay Underwood-Farr was sitting with her grandpa while he was receiving chemo. She was moved by how many patients experienced a “cold” sensation while receiving their IV therapy treatments. At that time, a college student herself, Lindsay knew how to make a snuggle blanket out of very soft, double-layered fleece fabric. The first blanket she made was for her grandfather, Mervyn Shepherd. It featured a print of a large truck on one side and Thunderbird cars on the other. She continued to make more blankets in a variety of colors and patterns and donated them to patients at Cancer Care Specialists. The blankets were warm and cuddly with a prayer and inspirational message attached to each. They not only warmed the body, but also warmed the soul. Hence Snuggies for the Soul!
The Tradition Continues….
During the past 13 years, Lisa Underwood (Lindsay’s mom), along with many other “Snuggies for the Soul” volunteers have continued this tradition and they work together to make and donate these very special blankets. They have provided thousands of blankets for our nurses to give to patients, bringing smiles to many on what is often a difficult journey. Each handmade blanket still comes with a printed message that someone is “Praying for you” and includes inspiring scriptures and a copy of the “What Cancer Cannot Do” poem (author unknown), reminding patients daily that someone cares. And whether a John Deer Tractor, Butterflies, Americana Red-White-Blue, Smiley Faces, Neon Pink, Kelly Green or others, everyone finds a connection with their Snuggies for the Soul blanket.
Share Your Thanks….
On behalf of Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois (CCSI), we’d like to send a special “hug” and “thank you” to each volunteer who supports Snuggies for the Soul. Whether you pick out fabulous fabric, cut out patterns, assemble blankets, print messages, or help deliver the finished blankets to our clinics (and other!), we appreciate all that you do for our patients.