I saw older women bringing in boxes of blankets that they had stitched, quilted, knitted and crocheted together. I saw little heart shaped pillows left on the beds of every cardiac patient on our floor. I saw secretaries opening up boxes of donated items that were mailed directly to the cardiac floor. I saw fridges stocked with juices, milk, yogurt, cheese, and other snacks, as well as freezers full of ice cream and other manner of treats, for the patients and their families to use. I saw personal hygiene kits, laundry soap, and all other manner of necessities readily available in the volunteer office. I saw truckloads of toys and gifts brought in to be distributed to patients. I saw, and still see, little gifts of toys given to not only the patients, but to patients' siblings (as Georgie can attest to). I saw multiple activities and support groups and special events specific to the needs of patients at The Children's Hospital.
I want to give back.
The two other cardiac families that we met in the hospital feel the same way. We want to give back! In effort to make every patient feel as warm and loved as we felt there, we are organizing a Blanket Drive to benefit ALL the patients at The Denver Children's Hospital. Sometimes, a soft blanket makes all the difference.
During my time in the hospital, linens were provided for my use. However, as grateful as I was for those blankets, I have one word that would describe them: Scratchy. It wasn't the warm, soft, and cuddly feeling that a blanket should give. I had a saving grace though. My friend Colleen had given me a soft fleece blanket to bring with me to the hospital, to give me warmth and comfort. Warm and comfort me it did, too! I cannot believe the difference a blanket made.
So with that perspective, we officially begin Project Blanket Drive! Please join me, Teresa, and Julie, as we embark on this journey that is sure to be more rewarding than anything we have ever done. We have put together a special blog that is dedicated to our Blanket Drive. This blog address is http://mygratefulheart.wordpress.com/ and gives you more insight into Kimble's journey, as well as Teresa and Julie's boys (Chance and Adam) and what they have been through.
When talking with the Welcome Coordinator for the Cardiac Unit (my friend Peg!) and the Volunteer Office, we learned that, if possible, The Children's Hospital could use 300 blankets A WEEK! So the need is great, my friends.
This project is very special to us. So special, in fact, that we have chosen November 1st 2010, to be the cutoff date for blanket donations. We want to have a few days to prepare everything, so that on the date of our boys' first birthday (who were all born less than 24 hours apart), we can join together and offer this gift to The Children's Hospital, and all of their patients. What a great celebration for us.
Here is where we need your help. We cannot possibly do it ourselves. We need NEW handmade or store bought blankets. These blankets can be fleece no-sew blankets, receiving blankets, baby blankets, crochet or knitted blankets, quilts, or throw blankets. They can range in size from newborn to twin size. (For tax purposes, monetary donations are not accepted)
If you want to donate and are out of state, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get an address to send your blanket. If you are local, we will have drop-off locations available to you. Just contact me for more information.
If you can, please grab this button to share on your blog. We think this is a good thing. We hope you feel the same way. Please join us in celebrating LIFE; in celebrating our boys' LIFE; and in giving LOVE, COMFORT, and JOY to others who are undergoing a very difficult time.