An East Islip student used her handicraft skills to boost the spirits of hospitalized children.
Emily Orski, a senior at East Islip High School, crocheted about 30 blankets and hats for pediatric cancer patients at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.
The effort was part of the community service component for her Gold Award, the top honor for a Girl Scout.
“I chose this project because I have always had an interest in pediatric cancer,” said Orski, 17. “The gratitude and thanks that I received from the hospitals made every second worth it.”
She raised $160 for materials needed for the project by recycling bottles and cans collected from family and neighbors over a two-month span. After purchasing the materials, she began making the blankets, sized at 3-feet-by-4-feet, and winter hats, some of which had pompoms.
Orski crocheted patterns of popular cartoon characters and dinosaurs in some items, she said. She estimated she spent a total of about 100 hours on the project.
She is a member of her school’s National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She also plays French horn and is captain of the varsity swim team and swim club.