Sunshine Christian Home is where Greg Rosasco, Marti Cardinal and myself live in the independent apartment village. The quilts were given to those in the lockdown portion of assisted living. Here is Kathy’s note to the quilters in general:
“Dear Beloved Quilters:
We sure have been busy! I brought home 14 finished quilts last Tuesday, and Richard came through with a plan to ease my storage issues. (Remember, there is not much need for quilts in the FL summer.) He suggested we give senior quilts to some of the residents in the memory-challenged unit at Sunshine Christian Home, where he lives (not yet in the memory-challenged unit) with other church members, Marti Kardinal and Greg Rosasco. So we took over 19 quilts, spread them out in the dining room, and let residents choose the ones they wanted. It was a rare experience for us to see who actually got our quilts, and we found it quite moving. We also got serenated by a 90+ woman who played a rousing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on the piano with severely arthritic fingers. Richard will send us photos of the event.
We also sent 75 shopping bags to my friend, Lynn, an RN who goes yearly to a medical clinic in the mountains of Haiti. We offered to make some girls dresses, but the clinic staff said that what they really needed was bags for the patients to carry their medications back home. Since they see about 100 patients a day, we at least got them past lunch on the first day. We had used colorful drapery fabric that had been donated to us, and got the nylon strapping well below price. So if the bags prove useful, we can make lots more over time, as we still have plenty material left over.
It is wonderful to watch the fellowship on Tuesdays, and see how we can take on new projects responding to a specific need, while maintaining our original mission. Thanks, as always.