Alice's Embrace is a non-profit organization devoted to providing hand-knit and hand-crocheted prayer shawls and lap blankets to those suffering from Alzheimer's disease. We seek volunteers to knit and crochet the patterns that we have created. Through the loving hands of many generous and talented people, this endeavor will help warm, comfort, and soothe these folks facing the daily challenges of the disease.
NOW WE'RE IN NEED OF LAP BLANKETS...
We are always amazed at the kindness of our knitters and crocheters. We ask and they respond, and rather quickly we might add. We have quite a few prayer shawls on hand which is great because they're very popular, BUT our last delivery's recipients chose more lap blankets, so now we're a tad low. If you are about to start an item for us, maybe consider a lap blanket this time. Or, why not just make what you enjoy most. We figure a lot of people have preferences, so who knows... this might just round it off nicely. Below are just a few of our happy lap blanket recipients.
PERFECTLY PURPLE BAGS CONTEST - 2ND QUARTER 2016
The idea of our second quarter 2016 contest came from Danielle, owner of Knitique, our local yarn shop and an Alice's Embrace advocate. She kindly donated 2 backpack-style project bags that were created by Jennifer Lipman-Bruno (owner of knowknits)... in memory of her grandfather who had Alzheimer's. All proceeds go to the Fisher House for Alzheimer's Care.
We decided to check with Jennifer to see if she would be able to donate a few extra bags for this contest. She responded quickly with a resounding "YES!" We are thrilled to be sharing these very useful bags with all of you.
They will be even more fun because we're adding a nice small pair of scissors to each gift.
We have 4 of her larger (backpack-style) bags, as well as 2 medium and 2 small (these will go together for one prize - one of each size). So, on June 30th, we will be giving away 6 prizes. Keep up all your hard work. How would all our recipients stay warm and comforted without all of you?!!
what we've been hearing:
From an Activity Coordinator: "Thank you!! We were so glad to have you! Everyone is still talking about the blankets and most of them are still wearing them."
From the daughter of a recipient: "Thank you so much for visiting my mom at Sierra Ridge and giving her a choice of a knitted throw. She loves it and the joy that you gave to everyone there is priceless! Thank you! You two touched my heart yesterday. So I downloaded a pattern, went to Michael's and started working on one to return the favor. Will let you know when done. Nice TV project. Thx again!"
From an item and monetary donor: "I love seeing your pictures on Facebook showing all the joy and comfort you bring to so many. Thank you so much for all you do."
From a Life Enrichment Director: "What a wonderful experience it was to have you over yesterday. Thanks!! It was so heart warming to see residents with their blankets today. Some residents are particularly attached to their shawl or blanket and carry it with them everywhere. It has brought our community lots of love and joy. Thanks to you and all your knitters."
From an Employee Wellness Director: "It was a privilege to observe Alice’s Embrace in action today. Beaming smiles decorated so many participants as they were draped with beautiful and original blankets."
From a recipient: "What you are doing is very noble. Your cup will be overflowing with blessings as you are blessing me and the others."
From an Alice's Embrace fan: "I just want to tell you I look forward to your newsletter. The smiles on their faces are beautiful. What a beautiful bunch of angels you are!"
From an Alice's Embrace knitter: "What a great newsletter - filled with so many interesting things to think about, and of course, those folks out there that pick one of those shawls or lap blankets - all folks with such great stories."
From a STITCHES West 2016 attendee while he stood in the Alice's Embrace booth: "I really don't need anything. I came here to be inspired and I found it right here."
Diane Lewis, Alice's Embrace Founder, was asked to tell her story on Maria Shriver's Website - please take a look by clicking on the picture of Maria.