One Boy Scout’s Eagle Project will touch Northern Nevada families for years to come.
Cameron Spencer of Nevada Area Council’s Troop 445 developed a plan to comfort mothers and families who’ve suffered the loss of a baby.
Spencer teamed with the organization PILSOS – Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Support Organization of the Sierras – and two of its members, Hilary Simpson and Danel Fisher, both registered Nurses.
With a little help from the website JustServe.org, he launched the project by organizing members of his church to gather materials. He created a work schedule. Then, they assembled 167 blankets which have now have been delivered to Renown.
“There have been people in my ward (church congregation) who have suffered that kind of loss,” he said. “The project was a huge eye-opener, and I learned that things like this happen every day. Life is extremely fragile and is something we need to hold onto … this is an amazing gift we have to hold.”
Mothers are sometimes gifted memento boxes to help with grieving, according to Simpson.
“Included in this box is a lovely blanket that has been used to swaddle the baby after they are born. These blankets are handmade and hand-picked for the patient,” said Simpson.
Spencer was surprised to find some of the blankets already have been used. “We can do our best by doing little things. We can donate a blanket and that blanket can help someone through a tough time. It’s a huge, inspiring feeling that that is something we can do every single day.”
The blankets were assembled in three sizes, and Spencer said the fabrics were creative. All of the fabric was donated and the actual work was done over two days.
Simpson called the work “perfect and remarkable. Each was different and unique. This gives the nurse the opportunity to send home a special blanket with each of our mothers after a loss.”
His project will benefit patients at Renown Regional Medical Center.
The Reno High School senior gave credit to his church, the Foothill Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for the help they gave toward the project. Spencer’s goal was assembling 60 blankets but when all was finished, 167 blankets were ready for delivery.
“That was quite incredible, almost triple of the goal. It was incredible to see that many people pull together, people of all ages. It brings the community together.”