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Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa
Photo Courtesy of AdventHealth

By Ciara Perez, News Reporter | iSkyCreations - News & Media (ISC)Publish Date: June 26th, 2024


TAMPA, Fla. - Kids in the AdventHealth Tampa Pediatric Unit and Emergency Room now have the comfort of soft, homemade fleece blankets thanks to the generosity of 25 dedicated volunteers. These volunteers arrived armed with fabric, needles, and thread to support Blake's Blankets, an initiative focused on providing comfort to pediatric patients.


On Saturday, June 22, the volunteer event at AdventHealth Tampa’s Pepin Heart Center brought together 25 individuals who dedicated their time and skills to create more than 50 fleece blankets for children in the pediatric emergency room, pediatric unit, and NICU.


All photos are courtesy of AdventHealth.

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa
Sandra Burnetter (left) and Rose Trier (right) at the Blake’s Blankets Volunteer Event on June 22.

Blake's Blankets was founded by Sandra Burnetter, the director of pediatric services at AdventHealth Tampa, and Rose Trier, a critical care lead in the pediatric emergency room at AdventHealth Tampa, in memory of Rose’s son, Blake. Blake, who passed away on December 28, 2022, had cerebral palsy, was wheelchair-bound, non-verbal, and was known as "the coolest kid ever."


Blake was a frequent patient at the hospital, and Rose was inspired to honor his memory by giving back to other children in need.

“The outpouring of support from our volunteers is incredibly meaningful,” said Rose Trier. “It’s heartwarming to see everyone come together to not only remember Blake but also to help children who may be sick and scared feel comforted with a soft blanket. Knowing that these blankets can provide a sense of safety and security during their hospital stay is truly special. Blake would have loved this effort, and I am grateful for the community’s support.”

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa
Blake Trier (Courtesy: Rose Trier)

Blake’s Blankets aims to provide handmade blankets to children in the pediatric emergency room, offering them a source of comfort during challenging times. Rose, along with her team at AdventHealth Tampa, hopes to expand this initiative to other AdventHealth hospitals, ensuring that more children can benefit from this important project.


The hospital plans to host its next Blake’s Blankets volunteer event in September, which will be open to the public. Each volunteer session provides community service hours for students.


For more information or to get involved with Blake’s Blankets, please visit future events on AdventHealth Tampa’s event page.


Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

Volunteers Unite to Bring Comfort to Pediatric Patients with Blake’s Blankets at AdventHealth Tampa

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