This Halloween, there are plenty of treats for infants in the Marian Regional Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, thanks to a longtime hospital volunteer.
Candy Martin has been a volunteer at the hospital for 23 years.
Ahead of Halloween this year, she hand-crocheted pumpkin caps and batman costumes for the little ones in the NICU.
Martin says that for the parents, it’s already a difficult time for their child to be in the NICU, especially during the pandemic, and this was one way she could lift the spirits of people during a difficult time.
“So just a little joy and a little something really makes a big difference. just to say you’re going to make it. it’s such a small gesture, at least for me. but it’s a fun thing for me to do. and then it’s a blessing to them," Candy Martin, hospital volunteer.”
Each year, the NICU at Marian celebrates its graduates with a Halloween-themed celebration, hosting more than 300 tiny tots and their loved ones - reuniting them with the physicians, nurses, and volunteers.
Unfortunately, this year’s event was canceled due to Covid-19 safety concerns.