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 ease the anxiety that is often present in those suffering from the disease.
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Prayer Shawls Needed Please...
We have been having some fairly large deliveries, so our supply on hand is getting low. We are bringing smiles to many faces - what a wonderful feeling! So many of the recipients choose the prayer shawls. We aren't sure if it's the warmth over the shoulders or just because, if they like to walk around, they can walk with a prayer shawl over their shoulders. Alice was a walker, so a prayer shawl would've been a great choice for her, BUT that being said... she did have her blanket, and she always had it draped over her lap while she sat in her rocker. If you're about to start a project, please consider making a prayer shawl. The amount of yarn needed is the same for the shawl or the blanket, so the time it takes to make either is the same. Take a quick gander at these recipients enjoying their prayer shawls. Warm, content and thankful... perfect descriptions of these special folks. Thank you so much for all of your donations and hard work. Together we are helping so many.
VERA TIMES THREE - OUR FALL 2015 CONTEST!
Vera Bradley continues to be an incredible supporter of Alice's Embrace and this quarter's contest is proof of that. Click the above picture to see all the details about how you, too, could possibly win one of these beautiful Vera Totes! All the information is in the newsletter, just scroll down until you see the wheel barrow. Vera Times Three contest runs October 1 - December 31, 2015.
WE'LL BE AT STITCHES WEST 2016! WANT TO HELP DECORATE OUR BOOTH?
We are excited to say that Alice's Embrace is going to have a booth at STITCHES WEST 2016! We thought it would be really fun if our donors would be able to knit this little birdie from yarn left over from the lap blankets and prayer shawls that they have created for us. We are going to make a Bird on a Wire display with these birds. Please look at our October Newsletter to read more about this request. Also, to get the PDF pattern of this little birdie, please click the above picture.
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."
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.