A gift of warmth for the holidays


BENNINGTON — Oceanair Marine staff members delivered 19 hand-stitched, soft, colorful quilts to the Women's and Children's Department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center last month, gifts for families who were being treated on the unit during the holidays.

The quilts were made with around 60 yards of fabric provided by donors from as far away as Minneapolis. Some of the quilts were made by employees who had never quilted before, while others — richly detailed — were made by more experienced quilters. Each one took five to ten hours of labor.

"All you have to do is say that you are doing something like this, and everyone wants to jump on board," Shirley Hanser, an Oceanair employee and one of the quilt makers, said in a release.

The effort is a part of the company's Kovers 4 Kids, a new initiative that the company intends to continue.

Oceanair, situated in Manchester, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of marine, residential, commercial, and RV blinds, shades, and soft furnishings. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in the United Kingdom.



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