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Treats for infants in Marian's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, thanks to longtime hospital volunteer

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Posted at 4:04 AM, Oct 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-29 11:55:05-04

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.