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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Quilters' Guild Continues Its Pattern of Giving to Methodist's Hospitality Houses
   
   
   
   
The Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center have been a refuge for thousands of visitors as they travel to the hospital for treatment.  The houses provide a welcoming, home-like atmosphere for cancer patients and their families who must travel at least 30 miles to receive cancer treatment. 

The Hospitality Houses are supported through generous donations from the community.  For the last nine years, one community organization, the Ritzy Thimble Quilters’ Guild, has offered a unique kind of support to the cancer patients at the Hospitality Houses.  The guild has provided lap quilts for each patient staying at the houses.  While each quilt is different, they are all made in the same pattern of generosity and compassion. Guests choose their quilt at the beginning of their stay and often use these cozy pieces of art throughout their treatments.  Patients receiving chemotherapy are often cold, and it is not uncommon for patients to take their quilts with them during treatment.  While the fabric keeps bodies warm, the detail and thought that goes into each Ritzy Thimble quilt keep up spirits. 

In June the Ritzy Thimble Quilters’ Guild held a show-and-tell session at the Oak Ridge Civic Center where the quilts were displayed and admired by fellow quilters. The room was filled with color from the 36 quilts on display, which were this year’s donation to Methodist’s Hospitality Houses.  The inspiration for this year’s quilts was “Pre-cuts,” which is a quilting term for pre-cut bundles of fabrics that come with delicious sounding names such as “Fat Quarters,” “Jelly Rolls,” “Honey Buns,” “Turnovers,” “Charm Squares,” and “Layer Cakes.” While the names of these pre-cut bundles sound good enough to eat, the beautiful quilts these skilled artists created from them were a feast for the eyes and will certainly help to sweeten the lives of the Hospitality House guests who are undergoing cancer treatment. 

The Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center provide our community with a unique opportunity to share our welcoming spirit with those who must travel to Methodist for treatment. Not everyone has the luxury of receiving specialized care in their own backyards, so for those patients who must leave their home in the midst of a medical crisis, the Hospitality Houses provide a place of refuge and comfort.

These houses rely on the community’s support. During the month of July, you can share the gift of hospitality by making a contribution to the Summer of Giving, a campaign that was established in 2011 to provide the Hospitality Houses with funds to keep their doors open to families and patients.  You can make a donation in any amount at any of these locations: Lincoln’s Sports Grille, all Y-12 Federal Credit Union branches, and TN Bank or to donate online click here.

If you are a retired plant worker, there is a new way for you to support the Hospitality Houses. Plant retirees who received a paid-in-full life insurance policy as part of their employment can designate some of this life insurance and make a future contribution to the Hospitality Houses. This designation is easy to do and doesn't cost you anything.  It's also something that you control and can change at any time. To learn more about this unique opportunity please contact Jeff Elliott, at 865-531-5197 or jelliott@covhlth.com.

For more information about opportunities to support Methodist’s Hospitality Houses, please call 865-835-4358 or visit www.mmcoakridge.com/hospitality.