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Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt

January 25, 2018

No stranger to giving back, Fay Goldblatt grew up with a brother who had polio and, throughout the years, her family raised $34,000 for the March of Dimes. This desire to give back has continued into Fay’s golden years: each week she volunteers at the Wilmette Library, and she regularly donates platelets at Life Source. A member of North Shore Senior Center for the past five years, Fay is a staple to the clubs Stitchers and Share the Warmth, which serve as another avenue for Fay to share her big, philanthropic heart. 

Between these two charitable clubs, Fay estimates the groups produce 150 to 200 blankets each month. These soft handmade fleece blankets make their way to the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, where they are a source of comfort for those undergoing harsh cancer treatments; to Stroger Hospital, where the blankets keep newborns warm; and to Project Linus, which disseminates the blankets to various hospitals for children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

Fay says Stitchers and Share the Warmth members often receive letters of appreciation from cancer patients who draw comfort from their blankets. “The letters reinforce that we are positively impacting people’s lives, and that makes me want to produce more,” she said. “I know I can’t save the planet, but I can make a difference in my corner.”

While the two clubs reinforce the Center’s mission of encouraging seniors’ community involvement, Fay says the socialization component coupled with “being useful in retirement” is what brings her back each week. “We are all pitching in for a shared cause, but what we get out of it is a strong camaraderie and lasting friendships. Sometimes it almost doesn’t seem right—we have such fun while making a difference in others’ lives.”