by Scott Wheelwright – Saratoga Rotary Rotaplast Chair 2010

You may notice in some of the pictures the beautiful quilts and blankets that enfold the children.  As each child is brought to the  operating room, she is accompanied by one of these handmade gifts.   The operating rooms are air conditioned to provide comfort for the  doctors and patients, but to keep the children warm during the  operation, each is covered with a blanket or quilt.  The child keeps this covering as a gift when he or she leaves the hospital.

The Rotary Club of Saratoga blesses us with gifts of over 300 quilts or blankets.  Many of these quilts are pieced together and sewn by hand.  Some blankets are hand knit or crocheted.  The effort and  skill present in each is readily apparent.  We are grateful to the many people who contributed their time and money to supply materials, make quilts, or sponsor quilts.  Contributors include local quilting organizations, church groups, family and friends of rotary club members, and others with an interest in serving these children.  We are grateful for the selfless contribution of those who have provided a warm gift for each child.