CROWN POINT | More than 20 volunteers gathered recently at the Geisen Funeral Home Reception Centre for a “Sew Thoughtful Workshop.”
Started by an email from Laura Cannon, a Medical-Surgical Oncology clinician at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, the women met to craft almost 200 cloth pouches for patients who have a drain after surgery. Cannon saw a need and reached out to friends and family, who responded with needle and thread.
“When a breast cancer patient goes in for a mastectomy, they are often times sent home with a drain," Cannon said in her email. "These drains may stay in for several weeks. It can be difficult to find a place for women to put them when they begin to venture out into the world again.
"The drains do not fit into pockets, and pinning them to their shirts is not convenient and it makes the drains visible,” she added.
Cannon, of Valparaiso, had seen a homemade pouch made by a 15-year-old girl for her mother. “We thought it would be awesome if we could come up with something like this to give to our patients,” Cannon said in her email.
Cannon's stepmother, Theresa Brandys, of Lowell, jumped at the chance to help organize the workshop. “I have a lot of friends who sew and everyone wanted to help out,” she said.
Brandys organized the Geisen Reception Centre into stations where volunteers crafted the pouches via an assembly line. Geisen Funeral Home provided breakfast and volunteers worked for about three hours.
“These pouches will help patients adjust to their day-to-day life after surgery. We are happy to help them out a little,” Cannon added.
To volunteer for the next Sew Thoughtful Workshop, contact Jean Lahm at Geisen Funeral Home, (219) 663-2500.