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NICU Babies Benefit from Volunteer’s Talents

Nancy Lacroix, a member of the Baptist Women’s Hospital’s auxiliary group, loves crocheting, knitting, embroidering and tatting (handcrafting lace from a series of knots and loops), and she uses these talents to create special gifts for babies in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Nancy moved to Memphis from Connecticut in 2014 to be closer to her daughter Pam Lacroix, a Baptist Foundation team member. After joining the auxiliary, she began crocheting and knitting one-of-a-kind blankets and knit caps as holiday gifts for NICU babies. Recently she began making graduation caps for the newborns to celebrate important milestones. She gave these items to Kris Azlin, the Baptist Women’s Hospital’s director of pastoral care.

“It is a blessing to celebrate their accomplishment, and parents will now have a keepsake of the journey,” Nancy said.

Nancy’s godmother and aunt taught her how to crochet, knit and embroider when she was 11, and she has been practicing these arts ever since. She knits daily for her two daughters, one son, five grandkids and three great grandchildren.

“Joining the women’s auxiliary group gave an additional purpose to Nancy’s talents, and she was delighted to see the joy her homemade treasures gave to the parents of the children who received them,” said Paula Casey, manager of marketing and physician relations for Baptist Women’s Hospital.