a photo of Each Item We Receive Is Shared On Facebook. enjoy perusing through Some of the beautiful gifts that arrive nearly every day.
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 feel a special connection to the folks we help at each delivery and that they will wear their pins and when asked, they will happily engage in conversations about what we do here at Alice's Embrace. As our donors qualify for The Alice Society, we will put the unique pin into the mail to them.
Still a little low on blues, but We are very low on greens right now
Thank you all for always checking here to see what is running low with our supply on hand. We had asked for reds and blues, and you kindly obliged. We received quite a few reds and some blues, too, but we are very short of greens... dark green, grass green, lime green... are all popular shades. Thanks again for helping our recipients find their most perfect lap blanket or prayer shawl.
our Thank you vera bradley contest
We thank the dear folks at Vera Bradley for their friendship and ongoing support. They've been "on board" as one of our regular contributors since our inception in 2014! Everyone who knits or crochets for us during this first quarter will get their name entered into the 'Thank You Vera Bradley Contest' drawing. The more you make, the more times you'll be entered so knit or crochet away. Contest ends on March 31, 2017.
STITCHES west 2017
Please bring your finished items to be entered into a contest! Plus we will be having daily drawings!
We are asking you to bring your finished items to STITCHES West between February 23rd and 26th, 2017. Take a look at our pattern selection and find a pattern or two to knit or crochet. Each lap blanket and prayer shawl (using our patterns) you bring to STITCHES will get your name in a drawing for 2 skeins of beautiful James C. Brett Marble Chunky yarn to create another item for us. Yes, we will be giving away 5 of these prizes. If you're new to making items for us, please be sure to check out the Creating an Item page to find out some pertinent details.
Our daily drawings will be for 3 Vera Bradley totes full of enough yarn to make an item for us. Every attendee can enter into this drawing. We will draw the name at the end of each day... Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by Booth 747 to find out all the details. Hope to see you soon!
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 folks facing the daily challenges of the disease.
what we've been hearing:
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 an Activity Coordinator: "Thank you!! We were so glad to have you! Everyone is still talking about the blankets and most of them are still wearing them."
From an item contributor: "I have searched so long to find easy, pretty shawl patterns and here you are!"
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 an item and monetary donor: "I love seeing your pictures on Facebook showing all the joy and comfort you bring to so many. Thank you so much for all you do."
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 lap blanket recipient: "Go raibh mile maith agat." Meaning "Thank you very much" in Irish.
From a STITCHES West 2016 attendee while he stood in the Alice's Embrace booth: "I really don't need anything. I came here to be inspired and I found it right here."
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."
Alice's Embrace has teamed up with Amazon in their Amazon Smile program. If you click the link above, you will add us as the charity you support and we will receive a donation for each purchase. Please consider doing this... every little bit helps. Thank you so much for taking the moment to do this to help us!
want to know The complete story behind alice's embrace?
Diane Lewis, Alice's Embrace Founder, had the opportunity to tell her story on Maria Shriver's Website - please take a look by clicking on the picture of Maria.