Where The Story Began -
2019 First Quarter Contest
The Alice Handbag by Vera Bradley played a big role in making us what we are today. We are quite tickled to introduce our first quarter contest of 2019. We did a little eBay shopping to find some brand new Alice handbags and we are happy to say that we have five gorgeous Alice's to give away on March 31st... that's just four days after our Alice's day of birth in 1932. We know that this pretty purse will add a bright and cheery splash of color to the spring wardrobe of five of our contributors.
For each item you knit or crochet for us (using the patterns we've created) from January 1st through March 31st, we will add your name to the drawing. Complete as many as you can and we will happily put your name into the contest one, five, or even twenty times... you decide.
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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.
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COLOR AND SIZE UPDATE
We will try to keep you in the loop as to what we have on hand as well as which colors are in short supply. After our long road trip and the Alzheimer’s Walk, we are in need of some sizes and colors. When you see the colors listed below, remember, we can use them in pale, medium, and dark (solid and variegated) shades of that color. Updated 3/13/19
Short on Hand:
Greens (Grass, Lime, Forest, Sage, Kelly) - Lap Blankets
Orange/Peach - Lap Blankets and Prayer Shawls
Pinks - Lap Blankets
Reds (Red reds) - Lap Blankets
Plenty on Hand:
Yellows - Lap Blankets
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.
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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.
wHAT WE'VE BEEN HEARING:
From an Alice's Embrace knitter: "I do think of the people who will be comforted by these blankets because you share all of the pictures and personal stories on Facebook. It is these pictures and personal stories that inspire me and others, I'm sure, to spend time knitting and crocheting for people we don't know. "
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 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 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 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 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 item contributor whose mom has Alzheimer's: "While they may note remember where these shawls and lap blankets came from, or the smiling, kind folks who deliver them, they enjoyed the moment and that's what it's all about, isn't it?"
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 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."
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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. Amazingly enough, since joining the program in 2016, we’ve received nearly $1,500! Thank you so much for taking a moment to do this to help us continue to do what we do!
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We have received items from the above purple highlighted states... only four more to go!
Please checkout our Facebook page... we post to it nearly every day. You will see all our latest contributions as well as photos from deliveries.