Staff at Oceanair Make Quilts to Donate to SVMC Patients
Staff members at Oceanair Marine in Manchester visited the women’s and children’s department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) on December 21 to deliver 19 hand-stitched quilts and blankets to patients being treated on the unit during the holidays. The quilts were made with around 60 yards of donated fabric coming from donors from as far away as Minneapolis. Some of the quilts were made by employees who had never quilted before, while others were made by more experienced quilters. Each one took between five and ten hours of labor. “All you have to do is say that you are doing something like this, and everyone wants to jump on board,” said Shirley Hanser, an Oceanair employee and one of the quilt makers. The effort was a part of the company’s Kovers 4 Kids initiative. Oceanair is a world leader in the design and manufacture of marine, residential, commercial and RV blinds, shades and soft furnishings. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in the United Kingdom. The Manchester factory was established in 2006 and employs 22 people.