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

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.

 

Hope From Sandy

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!

 

 

October 6th and 7th Gently Used Children’s Clothes and Equipment Sale for Charity

Most clothing items are 25 to 50 cents.  Swings, Strollers, bassinets, bouncers, crib and crib mattresses and other big ticket items are $5-20.  Tables organized by clothing size and gender for you to shop!

Come support Casa de la Esperanza and get steal deals for your children’s needs.

Arvada Christian Church, 8010 W.62nd Ave.  Arvada, CO (East of Carr and west of Olde Wadsworth on south side of 62nd Ave. – stair access only.  No play room available.)

Delivery to Oncology Coordinator

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!

Texas and Florida need your blood!

Yay!  My oncologist released me to donate blood a few days ago and I wasted no time getting in.

The blood bank is happy for all donations. They’ve been sending hundreds of units to Texas and Florida and even to Puerto Rico.

I wanted to make sure my new prescription wouldn’t interfere with the blood donation so I took a picture of my bottle. Here is Henry practicing his photobombing!

 

Lifetime Habit Resumed

I was hooked on blood donation decades ago by my dad, we used to donate together until he knew I was truly a blood donation addict.

When I got my cancer diagnosis last year I became ineligible to donate.

I had an oncology appointment yesterday and was released to donate blood again!  My oncologist said there were no signs of cancer in my body and it was safe to resume my blood donations.

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The donation center has been regularly checking in with me to see if I am eligible to donate again.  They love my blood.  I am missing an antigen in my blood so my bag gets bright orange sticker tagging it as a special unit.  For someone in serious condition missing the same antigen my blood could be a lifesaver for them.  Their antibodies could react with incompatible donor blood cells triggering a reaction from the immune system. These transfusion reactions can be lethal.

Resuming blood donation this Friday!

 

Today’s Muse, Molly and the Cough Drop Diet

Muse:  A source of inspiration and a guiding spirit.

Today’s Muse is my friend Molly.

 

You can find us sketching together if we are doing something with her brother Dante and her parents.

She sometimes borrows my sketchbook so I can have some of her artwork with mine.

With my lymphedema and having to  wear a compression glove on my drawing hand I’ve had to learn a new way of sketching and Molly has encouraged me to work on it again.

Today she gave me another inspiration for trying to lose a little weight! She told me she had only a cough drop for breakfast. I asked her if that’s how come she was so skinny and she said yes! Yay the cough drop for breakfast diet.

I’ll keep you posted on our sketching and if the cough drop diet really works.  The only problem is is we both like hamburgers, onion rings and french fries too.   I don’t know if we can stick with the cough drop diet…