Alice's Embrace is 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.
On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Kim Rhinehelder, Eskaton Foundation President, her assistant, Lisa Smoley and I made the first delivery to Eskaton Lodge Gold River. The memory care residents were in their gathering room when we arrived. We set up a table in the middle of the room with 36 items placed on top. There were 18 women and 4 men, but we brought extras so they would have plenty to choose from. Most of the residents were able to choose their own item. For those who were unable, the caregivers would show them three or four and they picked one for their own. A couple of the residents were in their rooms when the presentation happened so again a caregiver would take a few for them to choose one. Shortly after the caregivers gave a beautiful green prayer shawl to a 98 year old resident, she came out using her walker with her new shawl draped over her shoulders. She was smiling and doing a little dance...shimmying her shoulders. It was just a wonderful sight! The smiles on their faces would have made each of our knitters and crocheters feel so happy that they were a part of this endeavor. I hope to include some pictures in the monthly newsletter, so be sure to sign up using the form at the bottom of this page.
This contest will be similar to the previous one, but everyone is included. So whether you drop off your item to a partnering shop, you send an item to us directly or you delivery it to me....you will be included in the contest. If you donate one item you will get in the drawing one time; if you donate two items you will get in the drawing two times and so on. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to their yarn shop of choice. Please be sure to include all of your contact information on the item that you donate. This contest is for items donated between July 1 and September 30, 2014.
Rachael's Contest continues.....
Remember, author and incredible blog writer, Rachael Herron, has her own contest going on, too. Please take a look at Rachael's blog (April 27, 2014) to see more information about her contest to benefit Alice's Embrace as well. Rachael's contest ends August 31, 2014. Two more shawls have been added to Rachael's contest. Christian kindly donated two gorgeous shawls to help draw you in....take a look at Rachael's blog dated May 28, 2014. Thank you to both Rachael and Christian for getting more people motivated to knit and crochet for Alice's Embrace!!