Nina Landi and Daisy Dohanos say the upcoming holiday season is going to be a tough one. They lost both of their parents around Christmastime — their father, Peter Dohanos, in 1988, and their mother, Marlys Dohanos, last year. Now, the North Haven sisters are turning their grief into comfort for others in the form of a fundraising campaign that they hope will yield hundreds of lovely fleece blankets for patients in hospice care on the East End.
“We feel like our parents will live on in us,” Daisy Dohanos said this week. “That’s what our parents were all about — helping other people. Hopefully we can consider this a celebration of them.”
Their plan is to purchase cozy blankets for those who are nearing the end of their lives. The blanket fundraiser will benefit places like East End Hospice and St. Francis Hospital, where Marlys Dohanos spent time before she died.
“Blankets can provide universal comfort,” Daisy Dohanos said. “We’re hoping to do the deliveries on Thanksgiving Day so that someone else will have something to be thankful for. … That’s what the goal is.”
She recalled how much her parents loved Christmas, decking the halls and hosting parties with gusto. Marlys Dohanos baked all month and earned the nickname “Mother Christmas.”
Ms. Landi said they’ve got more than 140 blankets so far, purchased from HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx, where they’ve been shopping about four times per week. To support their purchases, they’ve raised about $2,000 through the GoFundMe campaign. Their goal is to surpass $3,000.
“We’re trying to get the word out,” Ms. Landi said. “We’re just doing it by word of mouth. We want to do this every year. It’s for local families.”
To learn more or make an online donation, visit gofundme.com/82j6p.