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Totally Terrific Totes - First Quarter Contest

We're excited to say that Vera Bradley has sent another box full of beauties.  We have two of each pattern:  Falling Flowers, Modern Medley, and Painted Medallions... all whimsical and fun prints.  We will be giving all six of these totes away on March 31, 2018.  For each item you make for us during the first quarter of 2018, your name will be entered into the contest to win one of these totes.  The fine folks at Vera Bradley have always been very generous to Alice's Embrace and for that we will be forever grateful.  Vera Bradley has so many different sizes available and many of them are perfect for holding your knitting and crocheting works in progress.  We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their ongoing support and kindness. 

 

Alice's Embrace is a non-profit organization devoted to providing hand-knit and hand-crocheted prayer shawls and lap blankets to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  We seek volunteers to knit and crochet the patterns that we have created.  Through the loving hands of many generous and talented people, this endeavor will help warm, comfort, and soothe these dear folks facing the daily challenges of the disease. Together, we're making a difference.


 

Nearly every day, lap blankets and prayer shawls arrive in the mail for our recipients.  We always share photos of these beauties on our Facebook page

Enjoy some of those fun shots right here.

Alice's Embrace has teamed up with Amazon in their Amazon Smile program.  When you click the link above, you will add us as the charity you support and we will receive a donation for each purchase you make.   Please consider doing this... every little bit helps.  Thank you so much for taking a moment to do this to help us!

A podcast interview with Alice's Embrace founder, Diane Lewis.  Click on the veryPink image to hear the interview.

Would you like to know the story behind the story of Alice's Embrace?  Check out an article that was published on Maria Shriver's website. 

Click on Maria's photo to read about how it all began.

THE ALICE SOCIETY

We're excited to announce the launch of The Alice Society.  The creation of this special society is a small way for us to acknowledge some of our amazing contributors.  Each person who knits or crochets at least 15 lap blankets or prayer shawls for Alice's Embrace and each person who gives $500 in monetary donations, or a combination of both, will receive this recognition and the pin shown above.  Our hope with creating The Alice Society is that the members will wear their pins and when asked, they will happily engage in conversations about what we do here at Alice's Embrace... since the pin is an eye-catcher, they will be asked.  As our donors qualify for The Alice Society, we will put the unique pin into the mail.

The creation of this special society is a small way for us to acknowledge some of our amazing contributors.  Each person who knits or crochets at least 15 lap blankets or prayer shawls for Alice's Embrace and each person who gives $500 in monetary donations, or a combination of both, will receive this recognition and the pin shown here. 

Our hope with creating The Alice Society is that the members will wear their pins and when asked, they will happily engage in conversations about what we do here at Alice's Embrace... since the pin is an eye-catcher, they will be asked.  As our donors qualify for The Alice Society, we will put the unique pin into the mail.

Sue found her gift earlier in the delivery, however when she spotted the pretty peach one chosen by Violet, she asked us if she could change to a peach one. We are always happy to oblige these requests. Sue and Violet really appreciated our visit and it was delightful meeting them and providing them with some special gifts.

COLOR AND SIZE NEEDS

We're running a little low on the following colors and sizes.  Please consider choosing one of them when you create your next item for us.

Reds:  Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets

Browns and Grays:  Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets

Pinks:  Lap Blankets

Yellows:  Prayer Shawls

Purples:  Lap Blankets

Blues (navy, baby, medium):  Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets 

 

We have received items from the above red highlighted states... quite amazing!

We have received items from the above red highlighted states... quite amazing!

WHAT WE'VE BEEN HEARING:

From an item contributor after reading a Facebook posting "I love receiving these updates.  They get me knitting on my Alice's projects.  When the photos arrive, it's like getting a great letter from a dear friend."

From a knitter and big advocate of what we do:  "Your cause brings us all together. It is a uniting force. We all just want one less day of their anguish, one more moment of clarity or at least calmness. If each blanket brings just one of those to each recipient, it’s worth it."

From a husband of a recipient:  "Judy received one of these shawls with her name on it.  She loved it and wore it until the day she died."

From a Memory Care Activity Director:  "I wanted to personally thank you for brightening our day!  You can tell by the faces of our residents that your gifts will be treasured!  Words cannot describe how much you and your crafters are appreciated!"

From the daughter of a recipient:  "Thank you so much for visiting my mom at Sierra Ridge and giving her a choice of a knitted throw. She loves it and the joy that you gave to everyone there is priceless! Thank you!  You two touched my heart yesterday. So I downloaded a pattern, went to Michael's and started working on one to return the favor. Will let you know when done. Nice TV project. Thx again!"

From a Life Enrichment Director:  "What a wonderful experience it was to have you over yesterday. Thanks!! It was so heart warming to see residents with their blankets today. Some residents are particularly attached to their shawl or blanket and carry it with them everywhere. It has brought our community lots of love and joy.  Thanks to you and all your knitters."

From an Employee Wellness Director:  "It was a privilege to observe Alice’s Embrace in action today.  Beaming smiles decorated so many participants as they were draped with beautiful and original blankets." 

From a recipient:  "What you are doing is very noble.  Your cup will be overflowing with blessings as you are blessing me and the others."

From a LVN - Director of Memory Support:  "Such a special day, thank you again for putting big smiles on our residents' faces today."

From an Alice's Embrace fan:  "I just want to tell you I look forward to your newsletter.  The smiles on their faces are beautiful.  What a beautiful bunch of angels you are!"

From an Alice's Embrace knitter:  "What a great newsletter - filled with so many interesting things to think about, and of course, those folks out there that pick one of those shawls or lap blankets - all folks with such great stories."

From a recipient's daughter:  "Alice Embrace made a visit to Triple-R this week and presented my mother with a beautiful lap blanket. I can't tell you how much this meant to me as a caregiver. It truly touched me and I am forever grateful for this act of kindness. I, in return, will be knitting a blanket that your organization can provide to another individual bringing a moment of comfort and enjoyment as it did for my mother. Thank you so much."

From a caregiver at a memory care facility:  "Just seeing all of them in the gathering room with their gifts is so wonderful.  When I saw the particular item on each resident, I knew that the gift chosen, was perfect for them.  Not only are they receiving these special items, but the ones they had on were completely perfect for their personalities."

From a knitter and big advocate of what we do:  "Your cause brings us all together. It is a uniting force. We all just want one less day of their anguish, one more moment of clarity or at least calmness. If each blanket brings just one of those to each recipient, it’s worth it."