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Clarksville senior quilts lap blankets for hospice patients

Posted at 7:46 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 08:52:04-05

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Clarksville senior is making quilts for hospice patients she'll likely never meet.

"This is something I can do, and it's helping a lot of people the way I look at," Gail Gerard said.

In the sewing room at Ajax Turner Senior Center, Gerard has made roughly 40 quilts in about seven months.

"I said 'I don't know what to do' and they said 'we'll teach you,'" Gerard said.

Members of the sewing club make items for organizations around the city. Gerard's quilts are donated to AseraCare Hospice.

"I'm far from being perfect and I try to do my best," Gerard said.

On Thursday, 102-year-old Elizabeth Hill received one of the quilts.

"It's nice and warm," Hill said. "It's beautiful! I'll think of her many many times a day."

Hill was touched that a complete stranger made her such a thoughtful gift.

"It's wonderful [and] colorful. I'll be cozy!" she said.

Gerard said she expects nothing in return when she makes the quilts.

"These poor people need something to be comfortable. That's what it is all about," Gerard said.

The Ajax Turner Senior Center is hoping more people donate material so she can continue making the quilts.