Colorful Donation Helps Young Patients

Erin Hill presented staff and patients of University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital with seven brightly colored sensory tools called body socks as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She researched, raised money for, made a pattern and sewed the body socks as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

A junior at Roseville Area High School, Erin donated them to the Child/Adolescent Mental Health and Intensive Treatment Center to be sent home with patients who needed the body sock and couldn’t afford their own.

Body sock in use

Body socks can be a helpful treatment option for occupational therapy patients.

Occupational therapist Lynne Bradbury was excited to say “yes” when a patient crawled into the body sock and asked to keep it. Erin literally got to see her project come to life, seeing how much fun the patient had as he pretended he was a ghost and pushed against the fabric.

Sustainability of the project is an important tenet of the Girl Scout Gold Award. To address this, Erin provided staff with a binder filled with step-by-step directions and pictures for making future body socks. She also created a website with directions for the therapeutic sewing projects that made up her Gold Award project. Learn more about Erin’s project.

Thank you, Erin, for your generosity!

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