Crocheted toys donated to neonatal unit

Volunteers with The Knotty Group and First United Methodist Church of Seadrift recently crocheted and donated nearly 40 octopus toys to the Neonatal ICU at DeTar Hospital. The octopuses are crocheted according to international standards for the “Octopus for Preemies” initiative. Studies show that babies are comforted by having the octopus in their beds, and the long tentacles distract the baby from touching or pulling their oxygen or IV cords. DeTar representatives were also interested in the octopuses as tools for sensory development and mother/baby bonding. Pictured, from left, are Sherry Wratislaw, DeTar’s Women’s Services Manager, Dawn Jimenez, Beth Boone and Karen Castaneda. (Contributed photo)