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Students sew quilts for babies

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Some students in Syracuse are brightening up the new lives of babies in the hospital. First graders at Frazier School have spent the past few months sewing quilts for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Crouse Hospital.

The students worked in groups, picked their own colors and designs and sewed during free time. The blankets will swaddle the babies in the hospital and then at home.

"They really had a genuine interest in doing something for these babies. They were very excited," said teacher Caroline Mackessy .

"Having the babies come to the NICU is not a good thing. But the blankets, taking a blanket home with them, they really do have fond memories a lot of times," said nurse Kathy Costello.

Crouse's NICU treats more than 900 babies each year.

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