Log In   ·   Become A Member

Local Teens Crocheting Toys For Preemies At Stony Brook University Hospital

Anastasia Lennon

Participants pose with completed octopuses. (Courtesy Photo)

For the month of February, Westhampton teens and crotchet-aficionados are working to crochet octopuses for premature newborns at Stony Brook University Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. The community project is sponsored by the Westhampton Free Library and supported by its teen department staff.

Between 2:30 and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, local teens--be they experienced or new to crocheting--are welcome to help put together colorful, soft toys for newborns at Stony Brook.

The organic cotton yarn toys are created so that the neonates can tug at the tentacles of the octopus instead of the medical tubes that surround them. The plush toys are based off a pattern provided by local resident, Carol Passarelle, and can take up to a few afternoons to complete.

"We are very pleased to offer this program as it not only provides a community service opportunity for local teens, but also avails the opportunity for them to learn a new skill," said Danielle Waskiewicz, Director at Westhampton Free Library.

As crocheting can be a more time-intensive activity, just under a dozen octopuses have been made so far. Volunteers have until the end of the month to make these comforting toys for the babies at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Westhampton Free Library is located at 7 Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach. For more information, please visit westhamptonlibrary.net.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.