I delivered the quilts Sandy donated to give hope and relief to oncology patients to my friend Penne. Penne is getting ready to head out for oncology classes in Kansas and the three facilities she works with there. I also delivered her a box of hats, prayer shawls and two boxes of magazines.
She was amazed at the work put into these masterpieces and three very special patients immediately came to her mind.
These patients are confined to their rooms and are struggling with various issues. Alone much of the time I bet they wonder if they are forgotten.
Penne took Sandy’s quilts to these three ladies and here is her story of the delivery these gifts.
Paula- My car is loaded with half the magazines and all of the knitted items- ready for a journey to Kansas this weekend.
Those quilts were absolutely beautiful! So I just went up to the unit and the nurse manager and me delivered them to three oncology patients that I knew needed them. The first is a 20 year old with a life-threatening lymphoma. She picked the colorful one and kept saying over and over “thank you”! She couldn’t believe that someone had taken all that time to make that for her. The second is a lady in her 80s. She loved the quilt and kept asking if she could keep it. I told her that it was made just for her and that we couldn’t take it back. She then asked if it would be on her bill. I had put it on her bed and the room just lit up. So did she. She was so cute. And very full of gratitude. And the third lady is a woman in the last stages of ovarian cancer. She is very weak, always cold and depressed. Her eyes filled with tears. The quilt totally brightened her room. As weak as she was, she leaned up to hug me. And she wanted to make sure that whoever made that for her knew how much she liked it. The 20 year old got out of bed and came and hugged me as well. Thank you so much for arranging all of this. You do good work! I know He is smiling on you! P.
Sandy gave a lasting gift of hope and happiness. The staff that care for these ladies also benefit. Seeing how Sandy’s generous gift of time, talent and all the supplies to make her stunning works of art change patients lives must make their days brighter too.
The spirits of those three ladies and their caregivers have been forever touched by Sandy the Quilt Queen.