When I asked the ladies who run the oncology infusion centers for ideas for more ways to reach their patients they both shared a wish for some help for critical patients. These patients have been admitted to the hospital and because of compromised immune systems they cannot receive flowers!
My friend Seth is a master origami artist and volunteered to help me make these Bouquets! The butterflies were given to me by another friend Janice.
We hope to bring a little joy!
I wish we could donate these awesome folding boxes Seth make but they take him six hours to create….
We we worked this summer knitting these kits. Children’s hats with cute stuffed animals on top. These are donated to two elementary schools in our community. These schools have a high percentage of disadvantaged families. The children don’t have basics like a warm hat for winter mornings.
I spy a Bronco hat too. Hopefully one true fan will want it!
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.
When Sandy learned about the inpatient oncology treatments she decided to share her special talents.
These patients are confined to dreary rooms. They aren’t allowed any flowers or plants.
What could she do to bring some brightness and hope into their lives?
A talented quilter, she donated these three gorgeous quilts.
The backs of these masterpieces are just as amazing as the fronts!
The patients will take these quilts home with them when they leave the hospital. What a wonderful message they received from Sandy, an extreme quilter!
There are some pretty serious cancer treatments out there. Sometimes the patients require a hospital stay. This can be pretty devastating being stuck in a room for days on end and most times these patients are not even allowed flowers due to the seriousness of their condition and treatments.
Here is a delivery of blankets and shawls to cheer up the rooms. The patient knows that somebody cared enough to take the time to knit or crochet them something special and they get to take their gift home with them at the end of their stay!
A delivery to the oncology department. We send hats, scarves, lap blankets or shawls. These are given to the patients, care givers and nurses in the chemotherapy room. They also are given to inpatient cancer patients to make their room a little more personal with a gift of a hand made little something. They can look forward to taking their gift home at the end of their stay.
Note the blue and orange hat, GO BRONCOS!
And the cerveza box has magazines and books.
What did I manage to personally include?
A hand knitted lap blanket.
I recently purchased a knitting book that had a beautiful blanket knitted from your scrap yarn.
The idea was to knit each row with a different string of yarn to use up your scraps. Because each row was different you could use any weight of yarn, just alternate the weights to keep a flat blanket.
If you had enough scrap yard you could do a theme like cool colors only or warm colors. Or you could group the cool colors together and gradually work towards the warm colors. Whatever your scraps allowed you to do.
Well being a new knitter and only having completed a few projects, I have a no scraps.
So I created my own version of scraps… I’m buying different skeins of yarn that are on sale. I’ll probably have enough “scraps” to knit many lap blankets for my chemo ministry. And I am leaning towards cool colors for calming blankets.
Another cute bag rescued from the thrift store. I wash these and give them to new members in our knit and crochet for charity group for their projects.
Yikes! I didn’t notice it was reversible with a nice pocket for row counter, stitch markers, etc.