Christ First United Methodist Gives Sacrificially to UPMC Chautauqua

Far Right Matt and Maria Rowe showcasing the blankets and backpacks given to UPMC Chautauqua pediatric nurses and Megan Barone, director of development.

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Megan Barone
Director of Development UPMC Chautauqua and WCA Foundation

Children recovering from various illnesses, or operations at UPMC Chautauqua are often in need of comfort. Especially in these past few months of frigid cold, it’s always nice to have something warm and special to keep them cozy.
Christ First United Methodist has a project every year geared towards the children in the community. “As a mission’s project for this year’s party, we had decided to make fleece blankets for children, with a stuffed companion “friend” with matching scarf, all tucked inside a new backpack. Our church members give sacrificially to the surrounding community, and we are elated we are able to give those gifts to UPMC Chautauqua’s children,” stated Maria Rowe, Christ First pastor Matt Rowe’s wife.
UPMC Chautauqua is always welcoming gifts such as these to give to the children that they can not only have while recovering in the hospital, but also be able to take something home with them. Each time they hold their blanket, or use their backpack, they will be able to remember their stay and know someone cared enough to provide them with a comforting item.
The blankets and backpacks went to several children throughout the hospital, including the pediatric floor as well as the mental health unit. “We are so appreciative of Christ First’s congregation and the time that went into making these beautiful blankets,” stated Megan Barone, director of development.
If you are interested in giving a donation to the children at UPMC Chautauqua, please contact Megan Barone, director of development at