Every year, the crafting groups at The Philadelphia Protestant Home donate hundreds of baby hats and blankets for the newborn babies at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Pennsylvania Hospital (part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System). Those adorable little caps and blankets are hand made by the dedicated ladies that compose the various groups of PPh’s Craft Room.


Evelyn Hladchuk (PPh Volunteer) and Pat Lawson (PPh Resident) with some of their hand made items from the Craft Room.

There are three different crafting groups that make use of the Craft Room. The Monday group focuses on quilting blankets, and those blankets are sold at various craft shows and flea markets through out the year. The proceeds (as with all proceeds generated by the Craft Room) benefit PPh’s Benevolent Care Fund, a fund which assists our residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own. The Tuesday and Wednesday groups focus on making the baby caps and the blankets for the two hospitals. The Thursday group is more of an open crafting and knitting group that essentially allows for everyone to do as they please. Some make crafts such as wreaths and blankets to order, while others make items such as pillow cases and seasonal décor.


Elizabeth Bonsall and Margaret Gentles creating some beautiful items in the Craft Room.

The PPh crafting groups are composed of residents, individuals from the surrounding community and friends and family of residents. The Craft Room is operated by the residents and volunteers, and it is open according to their schedules. You can find their hand-made items available for purchase on Thursday, November 5, at the PPh Auxiliary’s Christmas Bazaar. This event will be held in our Social Hall from 9:00 am to 1:30 p.m. Swing by and see all that our crafting groups have to offer!