Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is privileged to be part of the community. Our community roots are deep and our volunteers are passionate in their service.
The story of Mrs. Howard Dean conveys the spirit and devotion of our volunteers. In 1958, Mrs. Dean decided that every child entering the hospital should be given a special, chubby-faced animal pillow to snuggle with. With a group of like-minded women, Mrs. Dean opened a pillow “factory.” Working side by side every week in the volunteers’ office, the women stitched, stuffed, and embroidered plump little puppy and kitten pillows. By 1970, almost 15,000 pillows had been handed out to comfort children coming into the hospital. These pillows are given to hospitalized children to this day.
Our Project Linus “blanketeers” sew colorful, comforting quilts, blankets and afghans to help provide a sense of security, love and warmth to children at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Blanket” days at area schools and regular stitching sessions at local libraries ensure that Project Linus is a vibrant part of the community network.
Local groups – from students at Hinsdale Central High School to members of the Junior Women’s Club – work to gather donations of new toys, Playstation games, and get-well cards for our children.
For more information, contact the Pediatric Unit at 630-856-6332.