The staff at Mile Bluff Medical Center would like to recognize and thank
the Women of the Moose, Juneau County, Chapter 1993. For over five years,
the group has donated its time to making fleece tie blankets for Mile
Bluff’s Emergency Department. The blankets are used during the treatment
of young patients, who then get to take the blankets home with them. “Knowing
that we are helping to make others feel more comfortable and at ease during
difficult moments in their lives is very rewarding,” stated the
Women of the Moose members.
The group decided to take on the initiative when a member saw the need
first-hand. “A young girl was in the ER crying,” commented
Moose member Joan Gill. “The staff wrapped the girl in a blanket
to warm and comfort her while they examined her. The blanket didn’t
look very soft to me, so the idea came real quick: What about a fuzzy
That thought started it all. Some of the members donated fleece, and then
they were off and running. “The first group of six blankets was
gone in eight days,” Joan recalled. “So after that, and still
today, we donate 12 to 15 blankets at a time when we are notified that
only a few are left.” At last count, the women estimate having donated
a total of 570 blankets to the Mile Bluff Emergency Department.
Patients have enjoyed receiving the fleece tie blankets and have even sent
thank you cards to show their appreciation. “We have received cards,
notes and letters from children and their parents thanking, us for the
blankets,” added the ladies. “We read the letters at our meetings.
They bring a smile to everyone’s face, and even some tears.”
If you are interested in volunteering at Mile Bluff, contact Amy Cass at
608-562-3667 for more information. There are opportunities available for
individuals and groups of all ages…and even some dogs!
Below is one of the many thank you notes received by the Women of the Moose
for the donations used in Mile Bluff’s Emergency Department:
“Thank you so much for the blanket you made for our son. He had a
significant injury to his foot when we rushed him to the emergency room.
He was wet, cold, scared and in pain. The great staff in the ER brought
him some heated blankets, and the blanket you made for him to put over
the top. He was very comforted. He has a favorite blanket that is similar,
that he has had since he was a baby. The blanket you provided was instrumental
in that visit, as well as all the staff in the ER. He has a new favorite
blanket! Every time he shares the story of his injury, he tells about
the awesome blanket that he received.”