This fall, Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing students donated, for the second consecutive year, a large bag of skeins of yarn to Maggie Jones, Chaplain at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa New Braunfels Hospital, where the students are conducting clinical rotations. Jones has volunteers who crochet small “prayer blankets” that she lays over patients when she is praying with them. Jones visits any patient in need of comforting or prayer.
“I realized that the small cost of a skein of yarn is nothing compared to the powerful impact of having something soft and warm as a memento of prayer,” said Laurie Singel, nursing instructor, who has supervised clinical students at the hospital for over 17 years. “Maggie cried with happiness and the students even teared up a little, knowing they contributed to something that is very special.”