We have now donated OVER 500 quilts this (calendar) year!! They have brought joy and comfort to so very many individuals, families and caregivers!
C.A.R.E. SF Bayview area
During our Oct popup boutique Kathy Herr, a returning member, reached out to us about donating quilts. C.A.R.E. is the Center for Academic Re-entry and Empowerment in the Bayview section of San Francisco. They work collaboratively with families to create service plans that empower and support families to strengthen social, emotional and physical well-being. This includes:
Case Management and Family Advocacy
Parenting Classes: Triple P
Support Groups: Healthy Relationships, Fatherhood, Anger Management, Baby and Me
Parent and Child Interactive Activities and Events
Food Pantry and Diaper Bank
Our first donation included baby and child quilts. Our Nov. donations will also include larger quilts for middle and high school students. We will be including them in our recurring donations.
The SF Chapter of CA Association of Nurse Practitioners serves the bay area and is holding their annual Nurse Practitioners appreciation event. We donated 5 quilts for their appreciation event that celebrates the nurse practitioners and acknowledges all their hard work.
Your small scraps - Sew for love
Many of you are handing over bags of your leftover fabric scrap pieces (small and large) along with the quilts and tops you give us. This is so great! Here is a photo from Michelle Zeiler of Sew for Love of cubies stuffed with the scrap donations you donated at the popup event. Cubies are available to shelters, schools, and churches for kids to use for sit-upons.
And some of our own members use them to stuff pet beds for shelter animals. This makes them more comfortable and relaxed, which makes them more adoptable
Thank you Stories from Sequoia Hospice:
Dee Walsh, the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at Sequoia Hospice in Milpitas says
“The quilts and each one of you bring so much joy. It begins in the office, we love looking at each one and appreciating the work that goes into them. Then experiencing the shock and joy they bring someone is priceless! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of these amazing gifts.“
She went on to add:
“I just wanted to share with you some of the many compliments and appreciation from our patients and families. All of the amazing quilts have bought so many smiles. I always mention Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association donates these quilts and they are made with love. Thank you with all of my heart.
1. Female patient is confused and doesn’t know her name. When I showed her the beautiful quilt she responded, Oooh!!! Her eyes opened bright and big and she wanted to touch it. I left the quilt on the foot of her bed. The staff at the facility commented how thoughtful and beautiful this gesture was.
2. Female patient very confused and could not talk. She had the quilt on her bed and across her lap to celebrate her birthday. This actually was her last birthday and passed a couple of days later. Her family now have a beautiful memory to keep. They are grateful and appreciative.
3. One of our nurses was looking for a birthday gift for two of her patients. These patient’s had not received a quilt yet so she picked a quilt out for each patient. Seeing the enjoyment the RN had in choosing the perfect quilt for each patient was so heartwarming. Both patients loved the quilts and the families wanted a thank you to be extended to who made them.
4. This female patient is fully alert and oriented. She was presented with one of the amazing quilts. She was so stunned by the detailed work and beauty, we both enjoyed and talked about it together. This patient got teary eyed and was adamant to thank the person who made this for her.
5. Several of our nurses and home health aid’s mentioned when they are at a patients home and they see one of the quilts, they place the quilt on the patients bed or across them. Not only do these quilts brighten the patients/families day but they also bring so much joy to our staff.
Supporting our Veterans
I received the following thank you from Dat Hoang-Gia, Unites States Marine Corps Veteran and Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center in Palo Alto Veterans center.
“For the past 10 years I have worked at the Palo Alto Veterans Affair, and have come across so many beautiful quilts that have been donate to the Veterans. It is such a wonderful gift that brightens up the room and brings joy to Veterans. I would like to reach out to the group donating the quilts to thank them”
As we move into the holiday season, many stores will be having great sales. If you are able, the next time you see a sale, consider picking up items for a veteran. Items like deodorant, toothpaste, nail clippers, tee shirts, knit hats, socks and sweatpants (see full Patient Needs List below for recommended sizes). We will continue to collect supplies for the veterans. You can bring them to a QC workday in Campbell or contact me to drop them off at my home (in Sunnyvale).
The NICU and Palliative Care units at Oakland Children’s Hospital have children ranging in ages from infants up to 12 years old and take quilts from 18” x18” up to 36” x 48” long. They truly appreciate all the quilts we send them! They use the quilts for swaddling the infants, covering the mattresses, covering the isolettes (to block the bright lights) and giving comfort to the young children.
Provides quilt bundles to young mothers in need. In cooperation with Nurse Family Partnership in Santa Clara County, those in-need moms and their new babies, as identified by the nurses, are provided with a bundle of baby items wrapped in a hand-made, colorful baby quilt. At the holidays, gifts are provided to babies and their siblings selected as most in need by the nurses.
Parisi House on the Hill Shelter
In Aug, I reported that Parisi House reached out to let us know they are ready for another set of ten twin bed quilts 60x80. You all came through fast! We were able to deliver the quilts to them this month!
Santa Clara County & St.Vincent de Paul – for mentally challenged adults
Terean, with St.Vincent de Paul, contacted us. She explains “Every year we get gifts from donors for a group of 30 mentally challenged adults, I was hoping that perhaps your group could make lap quilts for them this year as this year we don’t have the money for much”. Thanks to you all, we will be able to deliver these to Terean by mid-November.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Quite a few of you have been coming to drop off quilts, tops, and other donations during our CQ workdays and at my home in Sunnyvale. These have been essential in allowing us to maintain our monthly donations to the organizations we support!!
You are the ones that make this all possible. OVER 500 Quilts so far this year!!
Remember, each quilt makes a difference in someone’s life!
SCVQA Community Quilts
The SafeCarPark@CGS The Safe Car Park guests have moved to the next location. Thank you CGS community for your efforts and support of this ministry. During the month of October we hosted over 30 guests including several families with children in 13 cars.
Silicon Valley Safe Parking is a partnership of area faith communities and Bellarmine College Prep, with locations in the central San Jose area. More than two years ago the CGS church council approved participation in this vital community effort. All partners agreed to host for one month, up to two times per year.
As a host site, we provide a safe parking space, bathrooms and trash/recycling for the guests. Host sites are then able to choose additional hospitality: phone charging stations, hospitality room, snacks, meals, etc. Hosting during COVID brought challenges but we were able to provide continue with our participation and took precautions to make it a safe place for all.
The outpouring of assistance and love to this ministry has been tremendous. It is because of the efforts of the volunteers that it came together. Thank you, check-in/check-out volunteers, to those who donated snacks, beverages, gift cards and made cash donations, and to those who hosted dinners. All are important parts of keeping the Safe Car Park at part of this CGS ministry,
It will take our village to make this work. CGS’s will again host in April 2023. Volunteers will be needed throughout the entire month. Daily shifts, 7:30 am – 8:00 am in the morning and 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the evening, will need to be staffed. While the guests are staying with us, the best ways to offer hospitality and support will be determined. Donations of gift cards, snacks and supplies on the Amazon wish list are always needed. Financial support is also greatly appreciated.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Sarah Janigian, Chelsea Byom, Rachel Visscher, or Kevin Vasscher.
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