Seventh grader Hayden Jeffries assembles a comfort cart at Crawfordsville Middle School. The cart was stocked with toiletries and other supplies for patients and families at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.

Sandy Conrad, left, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville patient advocate, and Gaye Clodfelter, director of inpatient services, stand behind a comfort cart built and stocked by Crawfordsville Middle School A-Team students.



Seventh grader Hayden Jeffries assembles a comfort cart at Crawfordsville Middle School. The cart was stocked with toiletries and other supplies for patients and families at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.

Sandy Conrad, left, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville patient advocate, and Gaye Clodfelter, director of inpatient services, stand behind a comfort cart built and stocked by Crawfordsville Middle School A-Team students.

Patients at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and their families will feel more at home with a cart loaded with toiletries and comfort items. 

Crawfordsville Middle School’s service learning club A-Team assembled and stocked the comfort cart, which was delivered to the hospital this week. The cart is filled with deodorant, lip balm, cell phone chargers and other personal care products frequently requested during hospital stays.

“It is potentially a necessity for those people [or] children who come in with a loved one and don’t have time to pick up bare necessities, just the things that make you feel human,” A-Team co-adviser Shannon Hudson said.

The club, which is also advised by art teacher Laurie Vellner, performs community service projects for local organizations each month. Students recently made tie-fleece blankets for the Family Crisis Shelter.

Some of the members have been treated at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where a comfort cart is available for parents. Students gathered more than 600 products in a school-wide collection drive. 

Large donations also came in from dentists Dr. John Hennette of Greencastle and Dr. Dane Mishler of Crawfordsville and middle school instructional coach and media specialist Tami Haas.

Students will collect more items when its time to refill the cart. The school expects to receive a $250 grant to fund the next round of supplies.

“This will be nice. We won’t have to worry about restocking,” said Franciscan director of inpatient services Gaye Clodfelter.

Toiletries needed include shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream and stick deodorant. Students are also collecting cell phone chargers, combs, hairbrushes, game books, mechanical pencils and lip balm.

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