November 13, 2017
Each year Janet Goulet, disabled from a degenerative joint disease and chronic pain, makes a stop at the Orange Park Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to make a special holiday delivery. For the past 3 years Janet has crocheted baby afghans, hats and booties for the hospital’s tiniest patients.
“I begin each new year with a personal goal in mind. Each year I increase it. Then, I begin crocheting up through October. With each item I say a prayer for the baby and parents that receive my gifts,” said Janet Goulet of Middleburg. Janet has been crocheting for babies in hospitals since 2007. As Clay County’s largest hospital, Orange Park Medical Center treats around 300 babies in their NICU each year.
“It brings me joy to know that someone whose hearts are hurting because of a sick child will have comfort in something that I make with my arthritis hands.”
Going into 2018, as long as Janet’s health allows, she will continue to pursue her mission and continue to crochet for Orange Park Medical Center’s NICU babies.
“The holidays can be a difficult time for our families with babies in the NICU. It’s so nice and heartwarming to have people like Janet in our community that think of our babies and families as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming her with open arms year after year,” said Orange Park Medical Center NICU Supervisor, Pat Ebeltoft.