Pay it Forward: Utah mom aims to bring hope through Healing Stitches Blankets

Pay it Forward: Utah mom aims to bring hope through Healing Stitches Blankets (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Faleshia Pyles works day and night, making beautiful blankets.

"I crochet at work, I crochet during the night," she said.

She gives the blankets to people who are battling serious illnesses.

"It's the comfort of the healing and the hope," Pyles said.

Pyles started Healing Stitches Blankets in 2016 and has given out dozens of blankets.

"It's to give back to let people know they're not alone," she said.

She hears of children or adults who are sick and in need of comfort and gets to work.

"I hand-crochet these one by one," she said. "I don't feel tired when I'm doing it. I feel happy and cheerful and full."

She often surprises the recipient with the blanket--they don't usually know they are getting one.

"I just get to excited. Like most of the time I cry, because it's an emotional event," she said.

It's emotional for the families, too.

"The moms that give you a hug because they've spent endless days in the hospitals," she said. "That right there is what I want out of Healing Stitches Blankets."

Pyles uses special yarn that makes the blankets feel very soft, and is approved by local hospitals.

But, it can also get pricey.

"A blanket typically costs me about 30 dollars, and an adult blanket is just over $200," she said.

"I don't see it as a sacrifice," Pyles said of her efforts. "I could probably do this 'til my dying day."

Mountain America Credit Union surprised Pyles with $500 to help her with supplies.

She is currently working on a big project for Children and the Earth's Ride the Brainwave Event in June.

If you would like to help, you can contact Faleshia Pyles through the Healing Stitches Blankets Facebook page.

You can also donate through Venmo @Faleshia-Pyles and through this website.