By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – While sitting by the fireplace in the central living room at Christopher Heights or in the privacy of their own apartments, residents of the assisted living community are helping to ease the pain of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by knitting and crocheting “Blankies for Boston.”
“It is their way of providing warmth to first responders, victims and their families,” said Patty Blodgett, activities director.
Working cohesively with the Marlborough Junior Woman's Club (MJWC), several women combined their knitting and crocheting skills to make the red, white and blue items which were then presented formally Feb. 19 to Kathy Hearns, a member of the MJWC. The residents are also donating crayons and coloring pages to University of Mass. medical facilities and are planning to knit caps for newborn babies at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester, according to Denise Jones, executive director at Christopher Heights.
The assisted living facility, located on the site of the former Frye Boot Factory, 99 Pleasant St., is noted for its affordability and friendly and homey atmosphere. Blodgett and her staff work with residents to find interests and activities that appeal to both male and female residents. They keep them aware of world and local happenings, such as the Boston bombings, by reading newspapers to them.? Among other activities offered are Bingo, exercise classes, movies, ecumenical prayer time, cribbage, games and sing-a-longs.
Jones extended an open invitation to local clubs and organizations to invite residents to participate in projects that they are contemplating.
“They are very willing to help. It makes them feel needed and participating in life, which is invigorating and has everyone working together for a happier world,” she said.