UNF employee Margaret Partyka is a gifted seamstress and loves to crochet. Over the years, she has used her talents to help others. From creating quilts for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Vincent’s Medical Center to sewing masks for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Partyka uses her passion for sewing to give back.
“I’ve been quilting baby quilts and sleeping bag quilts – I call them that because the baby can fit inside – for St. Vincent’s NICU for a few years now,” Partyka said. “When I found out they were looking for people to make masks, it seemed like a normal progression.”
Partyka first began crocheting hats for babies before transitioning to quilts. Partyka has made nearly 200 quilts and 250 masks, and she doesn’t plan on stopping there.
“I feel it’s a responsibility to help others, and the hospital is always so appreciative,” Partyka said. “Recently I received two cards from departments at the hospital who received the masks. The NICU unit nurses are ecstatic whenever I deliver quilts.”