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Blanket Grannies help make dialysis treatments a little more comfortable

Posted at 6:26 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 19:26:03-05

They call themselves the Blanket Grannies.

Every Tuesday morning, they gather together at Camelot in Broussard and make blankets for dialysis patients.

Some days a dozen or more of the assisted living residents show up to meticulously tie together the edges of the fleece fabric that comes in just about every pattern you can imagine.

Baskin explained that their numbers have gotten as high as 13 residents joining in, though usually there are around seven.

Depending on how many Blanket Grannies show up on a given Tuesday, they can make about two blankets in an hour.

They started delivering them this week in the hopes that they can make others living in Camelot facilities throughout the area a little more comfortable during a very uncomfortable treatment.

Participant Mary Baskin explained, "I know how cold the dialysis units are. We wanted to think of something that would be warm and make a person smile when they saw their blanket."

Concetta Vidrine was the first dialysis patient to receive a blanket from the grannies. She thanked them by saying she would pray for each and every member of the group.

"Oh, it is cold. Very cold. I have one like this, and this is much warmer, so I know I'll be happy and snuggled up."

Ms. Consetta said her holidays are even more special thanks to the Blanket Grannies.

"It's my first gift of the holidays," she added with a smile.

All materials for the blankets are donated by Camelot so that the Blanket Grannies can continue to make their blankets throughout the year.