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Local group donating quilts for center’s dialysis patients

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LOWVILLE — A local quilting guild has begun donating its works to patients at the new dialysis center at Lewis County General Hospital.

“We’re going to try literally to cover all of them,” said Jane O’Connor from the Tug Hill Quilters.

The new facility, operated by DaVita Inc., now has 23 patients.

“Our patients are very appreciative of such beautiful quilts being given,” said Dawn P. Berry, facility administrator at the Lowville dialysis center.

Since dialysis treatments tend to make patients cold, the donated items will not only be a comfort but serve a more practical purpose, she said.

Members of the quilting group recently donated four quilts to DaVita, and Mrs. O’Connor said she would expect to see more ready to go by the group’s next meeting.

All recipients will be able to take their quilts home with them, then bring them back to the center for their treatments, which typically are done three days a week.

They likely will be distributed when there is one for each patient, Mrs. Berry said.

The dialysis quilt donations stemmed from a suggestion received by the guild president, Mrs. O’Connor said.

Since 1999, the Tug Hill Quilters also have donated smaller quilts to the maternity department at Lewis County General Hospital for all babies born at the facility.

“These quilts are quite a bit bigger,” Mrs. O’Connor said.

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