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VALLEY ROUNDUP | Van Nuys

Volunteers Make Coats for Children

November 22, 2000|STEPHANIE STASSEL

Just as the morning air is getting crisp, Valley Presbyterian Hospital volunteers have completed more than six dozen jackets and other cold weather items for low-income children.

Nearly 30 people--including former patients, hospital volunteers and staff--sewed 73 jackets that will be distributed beginning next week to needy boys and girls identified through the hospital's Patient and Family Services Department.

Meyling Eliash-Daneshfar, the hospital's marketing and public relations coordinator, asked people to join the "Sew Warm" program after she discovered a simple diagram on the Internet for making a jacket from two-thirds of a yard of fabric. She was pleased that volunteers surpassed her goal of having 50 jackets ready by this time.

"It was extremely rewarding," said Eliash-Daneshfar, who sewed five jackets herself. "This will give the children a lot of love and dignity."

Volunteers also made a dozen hats, five blankets, a scarf and several pairs of mittens using leftover material that had been donated or purchased at discount.

The next batch will be made by about 20 people who attended a "Sew Warm" class last Saturday at Joann etc, a large fabric and crafts store in Porter Ranch.

Now that it's launched, the program will be handed over to the hospital's volunteer coordinator.

"I'm hoping people will continue it [throughout the year]," Eliash-Daneshfar said. "People say they want to make more. It's addictive."

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