“I can just picture my Grandma crocheting this,” said VA Medical Center resident – Henry


As you look about your house, do you have extra things that you might want to pass along to folks that appreciate the softness of a lap blanket or a cuddly stuffed animal? Some people might think that people in their 70’s and 80’s are too old for such things. Quite the opposite is true! They love receiving them.

I visited the VA medical facility in Spring City tonight and gave one of the Vets a beautiful light blue crocheted blanket donated by a mom in South Philadelphia. He held it up, and just gazed with fondness and love as he said, “I can just picture my Grandma crocheting this.” He smiled with GREAT warmth as he placed it on his lap. Many of the men placed the blankets on their wheelchairs.

“Can I take two more blankets, one  for Mary and for Sid?”  he asked. “They are on another floor and I can give it to them in the morning.”

We are very grateful for your help.  Please call me to share ideas. I live in Chalfont, PA. Drop-off locations are in Lafayette Hill, Ardmore, Doylestown, Chalfont and Audubon/Norristown areas.

Here are some photos of the life the residents used to live before retiring to Senior Care facilities. Happy memories, indeed!

I have been doing a lot of driving around to pick up donations from individuals, the  time and the expense of  of gas has been significant.  I am wondering if people with more social networking and computer savvy than me can tell me how to get the word out about our need for the stuffed animals and lap blankets.

This is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox. (My thanks to all of the people who have donated the stuffed animals. I know that you believe in the kindness that she has described in the passage below.)

So many gods, so many creeds,

So many paths that wind and wind,

While just the art of being kind,

Is all the sad world needs.

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6 thoughts on ““I can just picture my Grandma crocheting this,” said VA Medical Center resident – Henry

  1. Great letter from poor Suzanne, of Marlton, N.J….You can almost picture her daughters’ stuffed animals, can’t you? Yes, I can attest to the power of these little (and sometimes large!) critters that you pass out at so many of the homes ; I have seen the instant love the residents have for their teddy bear or cuddly puppy…they hold them as if there were their children.

    Keep up the good work, Trisha!

  2. This is from a woman who heard about the Stories for Seniors project. She suggested that I call the project THE LITTLE THINGS because she said sometimes it is the little things that mean the most to people. I have to agree with her. Here are her comments sent to me via an e-mail.

    Patricia, I really think this is something you should pursue as an organization. Are there any specifics as to how you’d want me to help or if you’re interested in working on this together? I just got off the phone with my mother and told her about our lengthy phone call this evening. She was very touched and excited about it. It is a very wonderful concept. You should get it started asap, in my opinion. Many organizations and foundations start with a few people, so don’t get discouraged or overwhelmed.

  3. From a woman who works giving little kittens lots of love:

    Dear Patricia,

    I really enjoyed reading about your project, and am happy that toys and blankets can make the difference in the lives of others.

    I volunteer with a local no kill cat rescue, and part of my job is tucking in the cats and kittens at night with a blanket or binkie.

    When I walk away, I know they are feeling safe and loved.
    I think a blanket or toy offers the same security for people also,
    so thank you for doing this project.

    What kinds of blankets do you need?

    Let me know,

  4. Hi Patricia,

    Pink rosebud tea cups? A China teapot? Lovely cloth napkins? That was so nice to hear you read us the story of A CUP OF CHRISTMAS TEA. Bringing those china cups was such a nice visual. It felt like the kind of night in my childhood days when my mother and I baked cookies and I loved to lick the batter from the rotary mixer beaters. I also loved to mix the butter and sugar and just eat that from a big spoon. That tasted better to me than the cookies. Your visit here evoked a lot of memories.

  5. Dear Friends,

    Can you picture the sight of knitted and crocheted blankets just folded so neatly on an old chair, just piled high, all of the greens, blues and multi-colors of the yarn, mis-matched and beautifully woven, with so many designs and colors?

    Oh what a lovely sight!

    That is what I am looking at right now. Hannelore and some of the people from Circle of Miracles donated them. It warms my heart just looking at them. And it warms my heart that in a few days, they will be sitting on the laps of some people in nursing homes. People leaning on walkers reaching for a little gift of love.

    I can just see the smiles and the glimmer of expectancy in their eyes when they say, “You mean, this beautiful afghan is really for me to keep?”

    Thank you, everybody, for your “gifts” of the donations of the lap blankets for seniors.

    And for all of the floppy-eared bunnies, puppies, pandas and brilliant butterfly stuffed animals and other joyful surprises that you have donated for our Stories for Seniors project.

  6. Today I went to a nursing home and held up an old clock – kind of like one of the Cuckoo clocks with the little bird that pops out and says Cuckoo – Cuckoo.

    I asked the question WHAT WAS THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE?

    Just about everyone said it was their wedding day. All of the responses were a variation of the comment below. I asked where they went on their honeymoon, did anyone meet on a blind date, did anyone have a husband that had to leave to go to war and was it love at first sight.

    “It was so perfect that day. Everything went according to plan.”

    Then I went around the room to ask about their marriage proposal.

    I said to Gladys. How did your husband propose to you? She said with a cute smile, “That’s too personal.” We had a good laugh and we all imagined what the personal reason was that she didn’t want to share.

    She said, “And I’m not telling anybody!”

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