Litchfield woman brings afghans and other gifts to patients at Prince George Healthcare in Georgetown

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

Clayton Stairs/Times Frances Bargiel, right, presents a hand-made afghan she calls a “lap robe” to Prince George Healthcare patient Barbara High Wednesday.

Frances Bargiel, a resident at The Lakes of Litchfield in Pawleys Island, delivered some special gifts to patients at Prince George Healthcare in Georgetown on Wednesday, including 25 “lap robe” afghans she crocheted.

This is her latest batch of afghans, bringing her total to more than 1,100 over the last 22 years, she said.

“I don’t buy any of the yarn. It is all donated, and every piece I put into use,” Bargiel said after giving the patients their presents.

She and her friends, Clem and Ellen Thoennes of Pawleys Island, also brought 25 holiday wrapped framed holiday pictures, 50 boxes hand-made from greeting cards filled with costumed jewelry or grooming products wrapped in tissue, and holiday bags containing a jewelry box, hand towels, a journal, and more.

The Thoennes and other parishioners of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawleys Island donated all of the gift items.

“Precious Blood keeps me busy and well stocked,” Bargiel said.

She added that the certified nursing assistants at The Lakes at Litchfield helped by making the boxes from used greeting cards.

Ellen Thoennes said she is proud of Bargiel for making this a special Christmas for the patients of Prince George Healthcare.

“Frances has done all of this since September,” Thoennes said. “She is amazing.”

She also said the people at Prince George Healthcare were very happy they came.

“Everyone has been so receptive and gracious,” Thoennes said. “Our greeting was one big hug.”

Cathy Drayton, activity director at Prince George, said words can’t express her gratitude for these special presents.

“They came with love and it didn’t cost us anything,” Drayton said.

“People are always giving us presents this time of year, but this is the biggest gift from one person that I have seen in my 20 years here at Prince George Healthcare.”

She said there will be plenty of gifts for each patient to have one on Christmas morning.

Prince George Healthcare will have its annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 19 at noon. The public is invited to drop by for food and fun, Drayton said.

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