(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Victims of domestic or sexual assault that are taken to Mosaic Life Care are normally examined which can be another scary step after going through a traumatic experience.
Patients are examined by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) that are Registered Nurses that have received special training so that they can provide comprehensive care to sexual assault victims and can also conduct a forensic exam of the victim.
If you wish to donate materials or funds for making a Safe Blanket, iteams can be taken to the Spa Desk outside the gift shop at Mosaic or contact:
A Mosaic caregiver wanted to try and make victim's experiences a little easier and began to make blankets to give to the patients while they are being examined.
Kappa Tau member Aimee Kennedy, based out of Savannah, Mo. sent out word to her fellow sorority members to gather blankets to donate to the hospital.
"You always think that if you were in that circumstance that you would want someone to do the same for you," Kennedy said. "We're going to continue on the project, we're going to have a big meeting this Thursday and it's going to be our service project from now on as to bring blankets to donate to the cause because we definitely want to make a difference and keep going."
Forensic Program Coordinator Natalie Maupin has seen first hand how the patients react to receiving a blanket when they come to the hospital.
"It never gets old, the reaction," Maupin said. "Obviously it's such a little thing, but they just light up."
While giving blankets to victims has been rewarding and helps the patients get through their examinations, Maupin is looking forward to help spread awareness of the program.
"What I love even more than just the blankets themselves, is bringing awareness," Maupin said. "People can know that not only do we believe you and we're here for you, but we support you and I think that's what is really great."
So far, nearly 60 blankets in total have been collected for the program.
Maupin suggested that the best way for the public to get involved would be to donate gift cards, material or blankets to Melissa Wagner, the Philanthropy Coordinator or to the Spa Desk near the hospital's gift shop.