Employees of the Westminster branch of Morgan Stanley donated 15 handmade fleece blankets to Carroll Hospital Center last month as a gesture designed to brighten the spirits of children in the hospital's care over the holidays.
The blankets were made by staff members of two departments at Morgan Stanley — the Velnoskey Group and the DeRenzis Ford Group.
Douglas Velnoskey, a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Westminster, and Coleen Kramer Beal, registered associate of the Velnoskey Group division at the company, made the presentation.
According to Beal, the teams decided to start making the blankets in June, which Morgan Stanley designates as Global Volunteer Month.
"We wanted to give back something to a hospital that has been so good to us, our families and the community," Beal said. "We thought the blankets would be comforting and encouraging to any children who might have to spend time in the hospital over the holidays."
Velnoskey, a former board member of the Carroll Hospital Center Foundation, and his wife, Pam, have been longtime supporters of the hospital. As a child he was a patient and spent 30 days at then Carroll County General Hospital for a serious illness.
The purpose of this donation, Velnoskey said, was to give back to the hospital and the community.
"We chose the pediatric department because it probably isn't such a pleasant thing to be in the hospital at Christmas and to spread a little cheer and goodwill," he said. "It's a good thing. It's what we are trying to do as a local branch office of a firm that believes in giving back."
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