Riverside Methodist Hospital Sewing Guild

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Birth of a Mom


The Riverside Methodist Hospital Sewing Guild, started in 1924, is a group of over 250 women in central Ohio who lovingly sew, knit and crochet items for Riverside Methodist Hospital patients. Babies delivered at Riverside receive blankets, hats, and other hand-made items to make their experience as comfortable and special as possible thanks to the volunteers of the Sewing Guild.

In 2011, the Sewing Guild volunteers created and donated an impressive amount of items to Riverside, including:

  • 27 Baby Quilts
  • 44 Stillborn & Newborn Wraps
  • 50 Christmas Stockings
  • 335 Preemie & Newborn Caps
  • 798 Eye Masks
  • 2,057 Rice Socks

Rice socks are in high demand in the labor and delivery unit each week because they can be a beneficial aid to women giving birth. Manager of Volunteer Services at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Gerry O’Shaughnessy, came up with a way for volunteers to easily make these rice socks in order to meet the needs of staff and families. We paid a visit to Gerry and the ladies in the guild to learn more about the items they make at the hospital.

The Sewing Guild volunteers either sew together at the hospital or in the comfort of their own homes. Sewing supplies are donated to the Guild throughout the year so volunteers can keep sewing.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Sewing Guild or are interested in more information, visit: www.ohiohealth.com/riversidevolunteers.

Have you made or received an item from the Riverside Methodist Hospital Sewing Guild? Share your pictures!

Original group of volunteers at White Cross Hospital Sewing Guild (1924)

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