a photo of Each Item We Receive Is Shared On Facebook. enjoy perusing through Some of the beautiful gifts that arrive nearly every day.
IN NEED OF LAP BLANKETS
Lately, we have been receiving more prayer shawls than lap blankets. While we do think the shawls are chosen more often, there are still many recipients who prefer a blanket. Next time you're picking up your needles or your hooks, please consider making a lap blanket for your next Alice's Embrace project.
Thank you for everything you do for our recipients! They love being on the receiving end of all your creative and generous efforts.
THE ALICE SOCIETY
The creation of The Alice 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.
KNIT TOWN TOTE cONTEST
More and more of us are being "green" and carrying our bags with us to the grocery and general merchandise store, so this very fun tote will be the first one you grab! We have loaded them with enough Plymouth Encore yarn (either worsted or chunky) to make another item for Alice's Embrace.
With this adorable tote and the yarn we've included, we know you will want to get into our second quarter contest. To be entered into the drawing, please be sure to have your knit or crocheted beauties (using our patterns) to us before June 30th, 2017. The more goodies you create, the more times your name will be entered.
want to know The 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 Maria's picture.
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 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. 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!