(Edmonton, AB) - With autumn officially upon us, patients of all ages, including pediatrics at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital will feel extra warm, thanks to a special delivery of blankets, distributed today at the Glenrose. Earlier this year, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) provided important funding to the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation's Patient Comfort Program, resulting in 1,000 comforting and soothing blankets for distribution.
With a focus on programs that support education and health and wellness for youth, the Oilers Foundation is deeply committed to enriching lives while finding long-term solutions to improve our home where live, work and play.
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"Having the support of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to provide blankets to Glenrose patients free of charge has been very important. We knew the blankets would offer comfort in times of distress and a gentle embrace in times of loneliness," said Wendy Dugas, President & CEO, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. "What we learned is that when patients see the Oilers logo their smiles get bigger, they start sharing hockey memories and thinking of happy times. We also learned that the Friends of Glenrose volunteers love the experience of giving the gift because they witness firsthand how valued the patients feel at a very vulnerable time."
The new blankets help to bring the comforts of home and provide not only warmth, but also cheer up deserving patients who are away from their familiar surroundings. The Glenrose is a unique hospital serving Edmonton and area, as the average length of stay is longer than most, with patients staying an average 36 days. Blanket distribution will occur to all 228 beds every two to three months this year to provide cheer outside of the popular holiday season.
"The Oilers Foundation is especially thrilled to support the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital community. Being away from home for treatment can be extremely difficult. Providing blankets for an extra bit of warmth and love is a real privilege for our Foundation," said Natalie Minckler, Executive Director, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation. "Our goal is to always make a positive impact and significant difference for people and groups in Northern Alberta."