Bento Boxes for Shutins.

As our congregation ages in our little Japanese American Methodist Church, the older people find it difficult to make it to service.

They also miss some of their favorite foods, not served in assisted living centers.  Yay for Charlotte.  She is organizing Bento Box surprises for our elderly!

Maze gohan, savory flank steak, kimpiri gobo, orange slices and pumpkin cake!

Great fellowship creating these masterpieces!

Thank you Charlotte for all you hard work (and she made the cake for dessert)!

Origami Flower Bouquets for ICU and Infusion Center

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….

 

Redefined by Cancer

Yay!  What a relief to get good results from a mammogram!

Some days I feel like I am on a roller coaster.  I have been waiting at the highest point of that roller coaster for over a week for the result.  Anxiety building. Today I coasted down the tracks, an exhilarating and happy ride to the bottom.  Anxiety gone!

Happy weekend!

Stitching for Charity, Nancy’s Angels

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!

2017 Operation Christmas Child

Your gift shoeboxes are are due to the distribution center this week!

Mom figured out how to track our boxes so we will know where the recipient lives.

Our boxes might go to children right here in the USA, or anywhere around the globe!

I wish we could have kept the pink doggie!

Rescue doggies to shoebox recipients. Merry Christmas!

Henry, Roscoe and Monty

Henry, Roscoe and Monty

2017 Operation Christmas Child

Henry here with a blog post about what we did this evening. Me and mom packed our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Me, Roscoe, Monty and Mom, all give up a little bit of our treats so we can send a couple of shoeboxes full of goodies to children who may not get anything for Christmas.

We did one boy and one girl shoebox. Mom gets the plastic shoeboxes so the kids can use them forever.  We put wash cloths, small towels, bandanas, t-shirts, school supplies and toys in each box.   Mom put Kleenex!  We put pencils, crayons, colored pencils and two small notebooks.

My favorite is the pink stuffed doggie!  We couldn’t put a live puppy but this is pretty cute.

I also loved the balsa wood airplane some lucky boy is getting.   He can dream of being a pilot some day.

This year mom is going to try to figure out how to pay for the shipping online so we can track where our boxes go.

Rescue doggies to shoebox recipients.  Merry Christmas!

Henry, Roscoe and Monty

October is My Birthday Month! And Birthday Haiku.

October is my birthday month.  Since I am a rescue  Mom does not have an exact date.  I get treats and toys all month.  Well this is true of months that aren’t even my birthday month.

I am one year old now and today is my last day of puppy food.  Mom has been mixing it with big boy food and it is almost gone.

My birthday Haiku.

  • I am a big boy
  • so why am I still crated
  • when Mom is at work?

 

 

Update on Quilts Delivery and Hope From Sandy

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.

Helping the Homeless, This Month’s Gift Sack

I was speaking to a former homeless person a couple weeks ago.

He recently was employed and had found a place to live. His life had turned around, so happy and grateful, so optimistic for a different future.

He knew I occasionally put together little gift sacks for homeless in Arvada.

He invited me to the restaurant where he now worked as a cook for a free meal.  Being from the south he was excited to be making waffles and fried chicken again!

I wasn’t sure these gift sacks were doing any good.  I realized his  wonderfully positive and infectious cheerful energy has stayed with me since that day. The benefit turned out to be mine……

What’s in my gift sacks this month?   Socks, washcloth and liquid soap, and a variety of snacks.