A Rosie Place for Children embraced by South Bend area groups

Variety of donations benefit hospital for medically fragile youngsters


Small gifts and big hearts.

The holidays and the season of giving are nearly upon us. In the spirit of the season, several clubs have taken A Rosie Place under their wings and have made donations. A Rosie Place is a not-for-profit hospital that serves medically fragile children. The hospital, which opened in 2010, offers respite care for children.

Rosie’s people could not be happier with groups and people who are recognizing the important work. Tieal Bishop, executive director, said the community has embraced the hospital, and people from every walk of life have contributed.

For example, she said, RARE ND, a Notre Dame club raising awareness and knowledge about rare and neglected diseases through lectures and activities, had a 5K run and raised $500 for Rosie.

Another Notre Dame donation came from the Hockey Alumni. The group gave a donation in honor of Lefty Smith for his work with children.

But let’s back up to two groups that have made an appearance in this space before – quilters and carvers.

Remember last summer when the River Bend Quilt Guild was completing a queen-sized rainbow quilt that would be donated to a local 501.c.3 nonprofit charity? The charity could then raffle it.

Several charities were considered by the guild, but Rosie won out in voting. A few members of the guild ventured forth to the cornfields of Warren Township to deliver the quilt and get a mini-tour of the facility. Guild president Donna Wentzel said the membership thought it was the best place for the quilt.

Tieal said they were truly humbled by the gift.

Now on to the woodcarvers. The Council Oak Woodcarvers Club is selling hand-carved Christmas ornaments and the proceeds will go to A Rosie Place. The handiwork is available every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chocolate Café, 122 S. Michigan St., South Bend. For $5 or $10, you can own a delightful ornament and help the cause.

The woodcarvers also will be selling at the downtown First Friday event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Chocolate Café.

Last year, the Council Oak gang raised $1,000 for a special wheelchair. Brent Hemmerlein, president, would like to match that for the hospital. “Club member Terry Mersich suggested the hospital. We thought it would be a pretty worthy cause. The members enjoy giving back and finding an outlet for their art.”

Terry Mersich said her daughter, Jodie Cruickshank, works for REAL Services and she made the initial suggestion. “A Rosie Place looks out for those children and we need to help.”

If you’d like to get more information, visit arosieplace.org.

Contact Kathy at kfborlik@yahoo.com.