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Everything posted by badrhinogillett

  1. So far we have just over 90 afghans! We have about 8 weeks left until I will deliver, so hopefully a few more boxes arrive. Now that it's no longer 110 in my town, I"ve picked my hook back up and am getting some more done as well.
  2. The lastest donations from Brenda, Cindy and Pam also including some from me.
  3. Thank you - I'll be on vacation for a week starting tomorrow. I'll be getting mail delivered on the 3rd of July. So, I should have it then.
  4. I got these 26 blankets done for the hospital this month. I'm enjoying finding fun fleece and these are perfect end of the night projects when I don't want to think too much.
  5. I got 26 blankets done in February. They range in size from micro-preemie to big enough to wrap a chubby 1-year old in.
  6. When my Dad entered hospice, I stopped crocheting. In 2016, out of all the wonderful items I was able to take to the NICU to donate, only one was something I made. The rest came from all the donations from all of you. I was determined that this year would be different. So, today is the 29th day of the year and so far I've completed 29 blankets! I'm happy to have found my mojo again.
  7. Today is the final day of a sale at Joann's. Fleece is 50% (blizzard) and 70% off (anti-pill). They also have a $5 off coupon (over $35 sale). I got enough fleece to make between 20-24 crochet-edged blankets for the hospital and I spent just slightly over $20.
  8. I got almost no crocheting done last year as I learned to navigate the loss of my Dad. I told myself I'd work on crocheting this year. I've been home ill the last few days and last night felt well enough to pick up my hook. I'm getting ready to finish my 6th crocheted fleece blanket tonight. The year is off to a much better start!
  9. In 2006, Oakland Children's Hospital saved my son's life. He was 3 days old when he arrived, via helicopter, to the hospital. I was overjoyed to live near quality medical care- and then was blessed by an outpouring of support from people that didn't even know us. Those 10 days in the NICU were terrifying. I received cards from local school children who didn't even know us. That kindness gave me strength to get through days that I didn't think I was strong enough to withstand. This afghan drive is my way of repaying the emotional debt I owe to the hospital and God for bringing my son to perfect health. Every year, shortly after Thanksgiving, I deliver afghans, hats, booties, funeral gowns, etc. to the NICU. To date, we have brought 1,429 afghans tot he hospital! The first items received are passed out by Santa on Christmas day. Anything remaining after that is used by the nurses and chaplain as needed. The NICU cares for aproximately 400 children a year. I would love to make a delivery so that every child in a year was able to receive something. The NICU cares for babies from micro-preemie (think the size of a chunky Barbie doll) to a one year old child (think regular one year old size). Therefore, literally, ANY size afghan you feel compelled to make will find a baby that will love it. For preemie's, the yarn should be light weight and the pattern should be free from holes that will tangle in monitor wires. If you'd rather make something for an older chlld, I can take that too. The hospital cares for kids up to 18 years old. I also have a Facebook group you can join - you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/303209316470887/ Thank you for thinking about the babies. Their parent's will never forget your generosity at a time they needed it most. 2017 donations: afghans: 96 Hats 47 scarves: 6
  10. I dropped our donation off today. The hospital was busy with people bringing toys for the older kids and they were very appreciative of our donation. Thank you everyone, I truly appreciate it. You will not have made someone happy at Christmas - you will have given parents a memory that they will keep with them their whole lives. Thank you!
  11. From me. I'm ashamed that I only got one done. I'm still learning to navigate grief. I intend to do far better next year. Thank you to all of you that contributed. This will mean more to the families than you possibly realize. Bless you all.
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