Pictured left to right: Linda Haines, JTD Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Woods Kemmler, Helli Kemmler, Sheila Arnold, Chris Farr, Laureen Bruns  and Marge Doenges, JTDMH surgery department representatives.       

Socks for Surgery” is an idea which came as the result of a conversation had by Dr. James and Peggy Kemmler along with their children Woods and Helli. Both Kemmler children had surgical experiences when they were younger and received a fun pair of socks that helped take their mind off the impending surgery and their fears. They saw the benefit of this and felt they could do something to help provide comfort to kids of all ages needing surgery by providing a fun pair of socks. That’s when they started “Socks for Surgery”. They have decided to share their fun socks with pediatric patients who come to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital for a surgical procedure. Their hope is that these socks will provide comfort and lessen the fear of being in the hospital to these patients.

Woods and Helli collected their socks by decorating cardboard boxes and placing them at local businesses, by asking school friends, and family members. This year they collected 182 pairs of socks.