Paragon Employees Visit Patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Paragon Bank employees visited Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in August to deliver 10 no-sew blankets to patients staying at the facility. The no-sew blankets were made during the bank’s Employee Appreciation Week, with employees taking advantage of the Assisting the Community Through Service (ACTS) program, which grants each staff member a week of paid time off per year to support nonprofit organizations of their choosing.

“The Blankets for Le Bonheur initiative is an annual tradition our whole team has participated in for the past four years during Employee Appreciation Week,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Not only is it a great team activity to give back to the community, but it’s such a humbling experience for us.”

While at Le Bonheur, Paragon employees Linda Cook, Stacy Fields, Debbie Howell, Haley Overcast and Sheila Welborn delivered the blankets to several patients on the nephrology and neurology floors of the hospital. The bank coordinated the blanket delivery, as well as a tour of the hospital, with Timorie Stewart, Le Bonheur’s Volunteer Services Coordinator.

“We are grateful for the continued support from Paragon Bank. It’s very special for the patients at Le Bonheur to have the opportunity to select a handmade blanket that will keep them warm and cozy during their hospital stay,” said Stewart. “The children’s faces light up whenever the Paragon employees walk into their room to deliver the blankets, and it’s such a joy to witness.”

Paragon Employees Deliver Homemade Blankets to Patients at Le Bonheur

Paragon National Bank employees recently delivered 12 homemade blankets to patients staying at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.  Bank employees made the no-sew blankets during Employee Appreciation Week through Paragon’s Assisting the Community Through Service (ACTS) program. The ACTS program allows each employee a week of paid time off per year to support the local, regional and national nonprofit organizations of their choosing.

“The Blankets for Le Bonheur initiative has become a much-loved annual tradition during Employee Appreciation Week,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon National Bank. “Our employees always look forward to making the blankets together, as well as delivering them to the hospital and visiting with patients. We hope our blankets provide the patients some comfort during their stay at the hospital.”

While at Le Bonheur, Paragon employees visited the hospital’s 11th floor and Bunny Lane, a place patients visit before surgery to select a toy to help take their minds off their upcoming procedure. During the visit, employees Donna Bain, Kim Brown, Penny Hill, Haley Overcast and Tracey Thesmar met several patients and delivered the blankets. The bank worked with Le Bonheur’s Volunteer Services Coordinator, Timorie Stewart, to organize the blanket delivery, as well as schedule a tour of the facility after the blanket donation.

“We treasure our volunteers like those at Paragon,” said Stewart. “Their gift of hand-made blankets provides children with warmth and comfort at a time of stress and uncertainty. When children are calm and comfortable, they heal faster and are able to return to their regular routine more quickly. These blankets help tremendously.”

Team Paragon Visits LeBonheur to Deliver Handmade Blankets

Paragon employees recently visited LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center to deliver no-sew fleece blankets to the patients. The blankets were made as part of Paragon’s Employee Appreciation Week; all employees were offered ACTS (Assisting the Community Through Service) time during the workday to work on the blankets. Paragon’s ACTS program allows employees 40 paid workday hours per year with which to volunteer for approved organizations.

Team Paragon made 12 blankets with their ACTS time during their Employee Appreciation Week, and with the help of LeBonheur Club’s blanket chair Becky Halvorson, they delivered them to the hospital. Employees Donna Bain, Chondrea Black, Ashley Cullum, Katie Pemberton, and Tracey Thesmar visited several patients on LeBonheur’s seventh floor and delivered the blankets, with patterns ranging from monster trucks and aliens to flowers and Dalmatian puppies.

“We always try to make giving back to the community part of our Employee Appreciation Week by incorporating ACTS, but it can be difficult for many of our employees with operational deadlines to leave the office,” said Paragon Controller and LeBonheur Club member Tracey Thesmar.  “This opportunity was perfect because employees could work on the blankets whenever they had a few free moments.  The experience was rewarding for us and we certainly hope it was for the patients as well.”

Photos of the visit are available on Paragon’s Facebook page at