A little girl’s gift gives hope to people in final stages of their lives

Raleigh County

 A Raleigh County girl made it her mission to help others while she was recovering from surgery.

Three weeks ago, 9-year-old Peyton Williams underwent ear surgery. According to her mom, fluids in her ears made it difficult for her to hear. 

After surgery, instead of watching TV and playing games, Peyton decided to do something special with her time.

“My doctor said be careful after surgery, so I wanted to help people and my mom was on Facebook. She saw a post that said the hospice house needed blankets,” Williams said.

That is when Peyton used her creativity to spread some warmth this winter. She made 12 blankets to donate to patients at Hospice of Southern West Virginia, which serves terminally ill patients in Raleigh, Fayette, Wyoming and Summers counties. 

“We bought the blankets at Walmart and then I laid them on top of a cutter and cut them,” Williams said.

Hospice of Southern West Virginia Director of Public Relations and Marketing Tim Carrico said it is remarkable to see someone her age do something this thoughtful.

“For a 9-year-old to step up to the plate and put together all of this hard work on these blankets, it really means a lot and it’s going to make a lot of patients and families very comfortable,” Carrico said.

Peyton returns back to school Thursday, but this is just the beginning of her mission to help others. She said she plans to make blankets for veterans and the homeless next.

If someone would like to make a donation to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, call (304) 255-6404 or visit their office at 456 Cranberry Drive in Beckley.

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