I have always enjoyed crafting. From a young age I was good at sewing and cross stitching. During the Covid-19 shut down I learned a new skill of crocheting. I went a little crazy making blankets, dolls, and scarfs for everyone. During the fall 2020 semester I did my service by making masks for my local school district, but this semester mask mandates were starting to be lifted and I knew masks where not going to be as needed. Instead I started to look for other things hospitals or the schools needed that I could make.
While investigating making dresses for stillborn babies I discovered the need for crocheted angle wings. When someone passes away at my local hospital, they give their family a bereavement box. In this box they like to put a set of crocheted angel wings. Over the course of the semester I was able to make 23 wings. Each set takes about thirty minutes to make. When I was talking to the nurse in charge of this project, she spoke of how important these little wings can be. It gives the family grieving something to hold on to. Some put it on their car windshields and some on their Christmas tree to remember their loved ones on holidays.
I learned how the simplest thing can make a huge impact to someone. If you are looking for a way to volunteer and love to craft, I encourage you to reach out to your local hospitals and hospice centers! They may do bereavement boxes as well and could use your crafting skills.
-Brianna (Wager) Clark has completed her third year as a Luckyday Scholar. She is majoring in social work.