Kat Drinkwater, RN, started a charity two years ago called “Covered in Love,” which provides quilts for ETMC Tyler patients who have a terminal illness.
“I see a lot of patients who are nearing the end of their life, and I wanted to do something for them and the family,” said Kat. “Handmade quilts brighten and warm up a room and give the family something to talk about. It’s also meaningful to the family to have something to take home that covered their loved one in their final stage of life.”
Kat has quilters from all over the United States, and as far away as New Zealand, who have made quilts for ETMC patients. “So far we have made over 150 quilts. I give them to the hospital chaplain to pass out to the families.”
She started her hobby in 2009 and made quilts as gifts for people. “A quilt is a small thing, but sometimes, that’s what the family needs.”
Kat is currently in college to become a nurse practitioner, and hopes to continue to work to make palliative care more accessible in East Texas.
If you are interested in contributing to Kat’s quilt project, she asks that quilts be 45 inches x 60 inches, and be machine washable and dryable.
For more information, visit her website at katandcatquilts.blogspot.com