College ministry group provides blankets to Brookwood patients

“The best way to a persons heart is by knitting him/her a colorful blanket.”

With this purpose in mind, students from a ministry group at Miami-Dade College’s Homestead, Florida branch visited Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens to partner with the facility’s Department of Spirituality, to donate and distribute handmade blankets for patients of its long term care unit. The blankets were handmade by student members of this Christian-based ministry group who call themselves “Unity for Christ.”

Tears filled the eyes of those patients who were both surprised and happy to receive these heartwarming, colorful gifts. But even more tears were shared by the students, as well as their directors and team leaders, Pastor Nehemiah Gwaltney and Dr. Marlene Groomes, Professor of Psychology and Social Services, as they witnessed the true meaning, effects and value of giving.

As Signature HealthCare celebrated the month of March as ‘Teamwork’ month, these students set a beautiful example of the importance of creating a team spirit centered on UNITY, based on selfless giving and caring. As Phil Jackson once wrote, “Strength of the team is each individual member…The strength of each member is the team.”

The strength of this student team ministry was shown by each of their members who visited Brookwood demonstrating support for each other as a team in their spiritual quest and goal of forming unity in action. They did this with the common purpose of sharing love to the patients of this facility. It was obvious that these students achieved their goal by a simple act of knitting blankets that will not only warm the bodies of those patients who received them, but also their hearts and souls.

– Eddie Santos, J.C.D., M.A., M.Div., Director of Spirituality