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Marcy Third Graders Make, Donate Comfort Pillows for Hospice Patients

Student sews pillow It’s the season of giving, and once again students in Sandy Tucci’s third grade class at Marcy Elementary School have made comfort pillows for hospice patients.

All of the students in Ms. Tucci’s class were tasked with bringing in material to create a Santa sack as part of a classroom project. With the leftover material, each student learned to sew two or three comfort pillows of different sizes. Students sewed and stuffed the pillows the week of Dec. 10-14, and tags were then attached to each one that say, “Made with love.”

On Monday, Dec. 17, Ms. Tucci’s class visited Hospice & Palliative Care’s Siegenthaler Center to drop off the pillows for hospice patients. Judy Tastor, children’s services coordinator for Hospice & Palliative Care, talked to the students about the services that the facility provides, and gave students the opportunity to ask any questions they might have about the end of life. She also read them a story about a bear who reaches the end of his life, and gave each of the students their own stuffed bear to take home to be their “feeling bear.”

Students pose with pillows The project teaches students the importance of the services that Hospice & Palliative Care provides, and gives them an opportunity to give back to those who are receiving end-of-life care. Ms. Tucci began doing the project with her students after her father, who was receiving comfort care at the Siegenthaler Center, passed away in 2005.

Over the years, family members and nurses of hospice patients have contacted Ms. Tucci to let her know how important the pillows were for their loved ones, and some have personally visited her class to thank the students for making them.

“I am so happy knowing that I've made a patient comfortable from our project,” Tucci said.

Click here to view a photo gallery of students making the comfort pillows.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the class’ visit to the Siegenthaler Center.

Click here to view WKTV’s coverage of the event.