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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