Wrapped in Love
by Sgt. Jorge Gomez, Fort Lee Public Affairs
Newborn babies will soon be swaddled with home-made knitted blankets donated by Defense Commissary Agency personnel and Team Lee members to the Army Community Service.
ACS originally received about 500 small boxes with items and coupons from a major baby products company. Karen McComas, ACS director, said she wanted to donate the boxes, with accompanying baby blankets for the young mothers of the New Parent Support Program.
“As soon as I mentioned ‘baby blankets’ to Kitty Jolley, she jumped at the idea of crocheting blankets and getting her colleagues to help out,” McComas said.
“We solicited the blankets from members of the community, and DeCA was the first to come forward.”
Jolley, supervisor commissary management specialist, started a project in January to crochet 50 baby blankets with the aid of eight other DeCA members.
Depending on the amount of time available and skill of the crocheter, making a baby blanket can take anywhere between a day to five days, and in some cases up to three weeks, Jolley said.
Jolley, who made 33 blankets herself, said she started a new blanket during the lunch hour every day and completed the remainder of the blankets on the weekend.
“I made my first 20 blankets during the week that my husband was on TDY,” Jolley said.
The knitted gifts will come with an attached card that reads, “These were crocheted with love by DeCA personnel,” McComas said.
“For the young mothers who don’t have any extended family members in the area, the personally-made blankets will turn out to be special gifts,” said Ashley Barton, NPSP manager.
“This project was born out of love and care for our young mothers on Fort Lee,” McComas said.
“We are happy to be the recipients of the baby blankets, so we can pass them on to our Soldiers and their families.”
The first handful of expectant mothers to receive baby blankets will be in June.
For those who wish to contribute to the baby blanket project, call Ashley Barton at (804) 734-6388.