- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Strattman to step down as principal at St. Mary (4/28/17)1
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- New ride-hailing law draws praise from carGo official (4/25/17)
All Wrapped Up
At Southeast Hospital, the best Christmas gifts are decked out in bright red flannel, white "fur" trimmed stockings. They are the December newborns in the Hospital's Obstetrics unit.
Southeast has been sending home December birthday babies with a special Christmas stocking for more than 30 years. Moms and dads appreciate the holiday touch. "They love having the stocking as a memento of their special Christmas season delivery," says Women's and Children's Services Nurse Navigator Jane Unterreiner, BSN, RNC-OB. "Some parents have even personalized the stocking and hung it from their mantle every Christmas."
SoutheastHEALTH Auxiliary members lovingly create the baby-sized stockings. The latest "stocking elf" is Jean Wetzel of Cape Girardeau. She has sewed the majority of the stockings for the past several years.
"I made 100 last year and 100 this year," she says, adding that she starts collecting all the material she will need for the stockings in the middle of October. Each stocking takes about an hour to make, she notes. "I enjoy doing it," she says.
Auxiliary member Jean Devore of Jackson sewed the Christmas stockings for more than a decade. "It's quite a job, but it was fun to do," she recalls. "It puts you in the Christmas spirit."