Westhampton Beach area teenagers are working to provide comfort to preemies at Stony Brook University Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit as part of a community service project sponsored by the Westhampton Free Library.
For the project, teens are spending their Wednesday afternoons at the library crocheting octopuses with the help of teen department staff and a pattern provided by local resident Carol Passarelle.
The octopuses, which can take a few afternoons to crochet, are made from 100 percent organic cotton yarn and are designed to allow infants to pull and grasp at its woven tentacles rather than grabbing medical tubes. They also provide a similar feeling to having an umbilical cord nearby.
The octopus project will continue through February. Local teens, experienced or novice in crocheting, are invited to participate every Wednesday between the hours of 2:30 and 5 pm.