I was really happy to learn about knitting and crochet charity Alice’s Embrace. This organization is dedicated to providing prayer shawls and lap blankets to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
If I can be honest with you for a moment, developing Alzheimer’s is one of my greatest fears. I’ve had family suffer from it, and I know of many others with family afflicted by it as well.
You might wonder how an individual with Alzheimer’s could benefit from a shawl or blanket. If you read the article posted on Maria Shriver’s blog and written by Alice’s Embrace’s founder, Diane Lewis, you’ll understand. In short, individuals with Alzheimer’s find great comfort in shawls and blankets.
This program operates primarily in California and Nevada. They may partner with additional yarn shops throughout the country, but for now they concentrated in these two states. Of course, you can contribute from anywhere!
How You Can Help
Alice’s Embrace does have specific guidelines for the items you send. While shawls and blankets can be made from any yarn (so long as they are washable, sturdy, and will work with their patterns), they do ask that you use one of their patterns from their website.
The reason for this is twofold: one, the names of the patterns are shared with the patients, which gives those who care for them a way to interact and connect with them. Two, they want to ensure consistency among the patients, who might have hurt feelings if someone else has a “nicer” shawl or blanket than they do.
Be sure to carefully review the Alice’s Embrace website, particularly the “How to Help,” “FAQs” and “Patterns” sections, so you’ll know exactly how to contribute to this wonderful cause in the best possible way.
It’s sad and unfortunate that Alzheimer’s patients tend to be forgotten and ignored by society. But by joining this cause, you can do your part to offer them comfort and love through charity knitting!