Women donate hand-knit gifts for Niswonger patients


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Niswonger Children’s Hospital recently received some very special gifts for its patients when several women from a Gray Station Baptist Church knitting group donated more than 200 hand-knit items, including hats, quilts, blankets and even stuffed animals.

“This is truly amazing,” said Cookie McKinney, manager of Children’s Initiatives for the Mountain States Foundation, who accepted the gifts on behalf of the hospital. “It’s one of the biggest donations of handmade, specially made items Niswonger has ever received.”

The group, which jokingly calls itself the GS4 Sistas (“GS” for Gray Station, and there are four of them), worked for months to create the haul of items, working especially hard since July. Pat Brown, Karen Miller, Betty Garland and Sandra Hale knitted at least 100 hats, including preemie toboggans and larger toboggans.

“We’d get together each week and just knit and talk and keep the good feelings rolling,” Miller said.

“We definitely enjoyed it so much,” Brown said. “Once we started on this, we got all excited as we thought about all those precious children. We’re all grandmothers so it just touched our hearts.”

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