Chai Lifeline

Today we at Layers of Love are very proud to announce that we will be donating child-sized blankets to the international non-profit organization Chai Lifeline.   Chai Lifeline operates around the world.  The non-profit is best known for it’s cancer support but they help children suffering from any life threatening illness, as well as serious chronic or genetic conditions.

Chai Lifeline - Fighting Illness With Love

Chai Lifeline offers over 20 FREE year-round services.   The non-profit is well know for their summer camps-Camp Simcha.  Their website states:

“Our most famous programs are our two overnight summer camps for seriously ill children. Camp Simcha, for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, is one of the only “cancer camps” that accept children on active treatment, and one of the few offering two-week sessions. Camp Simcha Special is the first camp designed to meet the medical and social needs of children with more than 60 disparate diagnoses. Together, these camps give 400 children and teens a vacation from illness, pain, and isolation every summer.”*

Along with Camp Simcha the non-profit also offers many other services to children and families:

“In addition to camp, Chai Lifeline offers professional case management; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; special events; sibling programs; advocacy and information; insurance support services; counseling; meals and hospital visits; retreats and family respite vacations, family days, and holiday parties; tutoring; crisis intervention and bereavement services. 

Services are developed to meet the changing needs of our families. For example, when studies confirmed our clients’ reports that one of the major reasons for missing medical appointments was a lack of transportation, Chai Lifeline began a transportation assistance program that provides thousands of rides to physicians’ offices, hospitals, and treatment centers every year.”*

Chai Lifeline has locations all over the United States and the world.

Chai Lifeline’s mission statement:

“Chai Lifeline’s guiding principles are

  • That seriously ill children need and deserve as happy and normal a childhood as possible;
  • That illness affects each member of the family;
  • That the well-being of an ill child is impacted by the well-being of his or her family;
  • That pediatric illness can have a devastating financial effect on families.

With this in mind, Chai Lifeline strives to

  • Find ways to bring joy to the lives of our young patients and their families through creative, innovative, and effective family-centered programs, activities, and services;
  • Engender hope and optimism in children, families, and communities;
  • Educate and involve communities in caring for ill children and their families;
  • Provide unparalleled support throughout the child’s illness, recovery, and beyond;
  • Offer all services free of charge to ensure that every family has access to the programs it needs;
  • Embody the ideals of compassion, kindness, and caring for others inherent in Jewish culture and life“*
In this video from Chai Lifeline you can get a glimpse into the effects of childhood cancer on three  families.

We are very excited and look forward to a long relationship with Chai Lifeline.  Since we began Layers of Love in 2010 we have been very passionate about providing as many blankets as we can to pediatric cancer patients.  As long as there are chemotherapy patients we will do our best to provide them with the comfort and warmth of a brand new  fleece blanket.

*Taken directly from the Chai Lifeline website.

To date Layers of Love has donated close to 400 brand new fleece blankets to both adult and pediatric chemotherapy patients.  Those donations have gone to cancer centers all over the United States. We proudly are working hard to collect child-sized blankets for both Chai Lifeline and The Isaiah Alonso Foundation. We are proud to say we have never turned down a privately requested blanket and have shipped those requested blankets to patients both in the United States and Canada.  We have been able to provide these blankets because of the generous donations from our friends all over the world.  Thank you!

This is the perfect time to think about donating a child-sized blanket.   If you have a fleece fabric you would like to donate, you can contact us here in the comments or at: patty@layersoflove.net  We accept brand new fleece fabric and no sew fleece fabric kits (available at many craft stores).  Don’t have the time or not sure how to put a kit together?  No problem, we can put the kits and fabric donations together for you.  Not sure about sizing or measurements?  We invite you to take a moment to look at our FAQ tab and Guidelines tab above this post to see our recommendations for donating child-sized blankets.

If your community group would like to donate to Layers of Love, please contact us: patty@layersoflove.net We have worked and continue to work with several groups, from giving directions of how to put the blankets together, supplying scissors, even gathering more volunteers for your group if needed.  Making blankets truly is community collaboration at its best!

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First of Many

Preparing the blankets with ribbon and tags

Today we are very happy to say that Layers of Love will ship out the first of what we will hope will be many shipments of child-sized fleece blankets to the Isaiah Alonso Foundation.  The foundation is going to hand them out to children who have cancer to provide them with comfort and warmth as they go through their treatments.  We are thrilled to be working with this wonderful foundation.

Some fleece blankets to be shipped

We started with a goal of 10 blankets for the Isaiah Alonso Foundation and are very proud to say that we have gone above and beyond that mark of 10 blankets.  Today we will ship out 18 brand new fleece blankets. 🙂

Blankets waiting to be packaged up to ship out.

The blankets are all packed in boxes and ready for shipment.

Our blanket drive continues.  As long as their are chemotherapy patients, whether a child or an adult, we will continue to collect brand new fleece blankets to give to the patients to provide them with comfort and warmth while they are going through treatment.

We could not do what we do without the generous donations of both fabric, and blanket kits from our friends all over the United States and the globe.  We have received donations from as far away as Ireland.  We are very grateful of your continued support.  If you would like to donate to us please see the FAQ and Donation Guidelines tabs above.  If you have any questions please contact us at donations@layersoflove.net or leave a comment below. Thank  you. 

The Isaiah Alonso Foundation

Today, Layers of Love is proud to announce that we are now working hard to collect  brand new fleece blankets to donate to our friends at the Isaiah Alonso Foundation.

The Isaiah Alonso Foundation is a public charity that was founded in memory of 6-year-old Isaiah Alonso.  Isaiah collasped in front of his parents in September 2010 and was rushed to the hospital.  He suffered severe brain damage from complications of lymphoma.  The lymphoma was not diagnosed until that day.  He never regained consciousnesses and passed away soon after.  Isaiah loved to wear superhero costumes and loved to dance to Michael Jackson songs.

The foundation also has a gift shop where you can purchase wonderful merchandise to help them in their mission to help children who have cancer.  The Foundation is also on Facebook so be sure to stop by their page and “like” them.

The Isaiah Alonso Foundation Mission statement:

Our Mission is to raise awareness for childhood cancer and raise money to lighten the financial strain on families dealing with this type of crisis. We provide financial assistance, as well as any other assistance necessary on an individual basis. It’s also our mission to help fund a cure. Together we can make a difference, helping one family at a time.”    

We are very happy to be collecting blankets, and look forward to a very long relationship with the Isaiah Alonso Foundation,  It is our hope to be able to deliver enough blankets to give to every child who is battling cancer, to provide them with comfort and warmth as they go through their treatments.

Child-sized brand new fleece blankets

With the holidays fast approaching, this is the perfect time to think about donating a child-sized blanket.   If you have a fleece fabric you would like to donate, you can contact us here in the comments or at: donations@layersoflove.net  We accept brand new fleece fabric and no sew fleece fabric kits (available at many craft stores).  Don’t have the time or not sure how to put a kit together?  No problem, we can put the kits and fabric donations together for you.  Not sure about sizing or measurements?  We invite you to take a moment to look at our FAQ tab and Guidelines tab above this post to see our recommendations for donating child-sized blankets.

*If your community group would like to donate to us here at Layers of Love, please contact us: donations@layersoflove.net We have worked, and continue to work, with several groups, giving directions of how to put the blankets together, supplying scissors, even gathering more volunteers for your group if needed.  Making blankets truly is community collaboration at its best!*

Stay the Course Light a Star

“When the world says “Give up,” hope whispers “Try it one more time.” ~Author Unknown

Our very good friends over in Mansfield Ohio, the wonderful children’s charity Friends Like Us, were hit back at the end of February with a devastating flood. Since we launched Layers of Love we have had a relationship with Friends Like Us. Mark and his wonderful children’s charity, were one of the first friends we communicated with through our social media efforts. Since our first tweets together over a year ago we have built a very strong friendship. What does Friends Like Us do? They are a nonprofit childhood cancer organization with a goal to help children who have been devastated by cancer through their treatments. With all the pain and heartache that can come with this disease, we want to leave a lasting impression of love and hope with them.

As we announced earlier this year we are working this year collecting child sized fleece blankets for children who are going through chemotherapy treatment to add to their Chemo Bear Packages. They have given many children and their families a great deal of hope by providing them with these packages to help them ease the pain and uncertainty of going through chemotherapy treatment. Friends Like Us, works tirelessly for children who have been diagnosed with cancer.

As devastating as the flood was and all the damage it brought to Friends Like Us, the damage hasn’t stopped there, not only did they lose a great deal personally, their charity took a big hit as well, it has been almost complete loss for them. They have been trying to recoup some of the losses with local agencies but haven’t had any luck through that venue to date. So they are doing what they can on their own. As Friends Like Us states on their website, “We did everything we could to keep the water out and as fast is it came in, we couldn’t keep it out. It was like a small river flowing and all we could do is run around to get things put up as fast as we could, but it was too late for a lot of it. We lost so much due to the damages caused from the water. We are working hard on the recovery process, but need so much help with repairs and financially. We just can’t do it on our own!!!” Friends Like Us lost a lot of Chemo Bears, medical supplies, sibling toys, many coloring books, books and lots of supplies. You can view some photos from the flood on their website.

We are asking today if you can help them in any way possible, no donation IS TOO SMALL, every bit counts, to get them back on their feet and running again so that their mission of providing children with their Chemo Bear Packages can go on, move forward and begin to continue again.

Friends Like Us has made it very easy to donate to their cause. Simply go to their website http://www.friendslikeus.org/ and click on the donations tab at the top of the page, you can also donate through your mobile device with their QR code by going here.

Thank you for your help, it is appreciated more than you will ever know.

 

Thank you to the wonderful charity of Friends Like Us for not only everything they have done for children and their families who have been devastated by cancer, but for everything they will continue to do well into the future.  Layers of Love is grateful not only for the fantastic work they do, but for their friendship.

 

“Stay the course, light a star, change the world where’er you are.” ~Richard Le Gallienne

“Wonderful, compassionate and caring young women”

Wonderful, compassionate and caring young women!

“Wonderful, compassionate and caring young women.” This is exactly how Girl Scout Troop 824 from Sparta, New Jersey was described to me.  This description is right on the money.

A few weeks ago I received an email from the leaders of  the eight Cadette Girl Scouts, Annalise, Bridget, Carsen, Emma, Kat, Melissa, Morgan, and Sheree, stating that they had just completed 8 no-sew fleece blankets to donate to Layers of Love. They have put together 4 blankets for boys and 4 for girls.

 

Generous donation from the Girl Scout Troop 824 from Sparta, New Jersey

The boys and girls who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment will love these blankets, they will provide them with plenty of comfort and warmth as they continue on with their treatment.  We love the patterns they chose for the children!

As the troop leaders Diane and Pat relayed to me in an email, these girls have been together since kindergarten. Annalise, Bridget, Carsen, Emma, Kat, Melissa, Morgan, and Sheree are all in 7th grade now.   Diane and Pat went on to say “They are wonderful, compassionate and caring young women who devote many hours to their community doing food drives, collecting kitchen items for Habitat for Humanity, and working with younger girl scouts.  They enjoyed making these blankets very much and are glad that the blankets will bring comfort to children undergoing chemotherapy.”

We are very blessed that they chose us to donate not only the blankets to, but giving of  their time and talent also.  We are so grateful for their generous donation to children who are battling cancer.  These blankets will mean so much to the children who will receive them.

Layers of Love offers a BIG thank you to the Cadette Girl Scout Troop 824 of Sparta, New Jersey and their leaders, Diane and Pat.  We couldn’t do what we do without the help of wonderful groups such as yours.  You are all indeed wonderful, compassionate and caring young women, THANK YOU!!

*If your group is interested in working with us please leave us a message in the comments or you can reach us at donations@layersoflove.net  We have worked with many community groups and organizations, from providing you with enough scissors, to showing you how easy it is to put blankets together, we will help you to get your group on their way to making blankets!

Providing Comfort and Warmth for Children

Today marks another beginning for Layers of Love. We are very proud and extremely happy to announce that as of today we are kicking off a brand new campaign!

As of today we will begin accepting homemade fleece blanket donations for children who are going through chemotherapy treatment.  Since I began Layers of Love, I have always known that working with children who have been diagnosed with cancer would become a reality.  Not only will we be helping provide comfort and warmth for children who are going through chemotherapy treatment but we are very excited to be working with the wonderful children’s charity Friends Like Us. As many of you will remember we worked with them last year as well.  I was so impressed with their work and what they are doing for children who have cancer that I wanted to be able to work with them again and help out in any way possible.

Friends Like Us provides Chemo Bear Packages for children who have cancer.  This Chemo Bear Package contains:

  • A bear
  • A Book- I’m a Kid Living with Cancer
  • An implantofix/port with tubing in a bears chest
  • A real stethoscope
  • Medical bag with accessories
  • Bears diagnoses report
  • Bear shirt
  • Chemo hat/bandanna
  • Friendship heart
  • A gift
  • Greeting Card
  • Birthday Surprise on child’s birthday
  • A music CD for the parents

With the help of your blanket donations to Layers of Love, we are very happy to add homemade fleece blankets to the Friends Like Us Chemo Bear Packages. Isn’t this a wonderful package for a child who has just been diagnosed with cancer?  We think it’s pretty fantastic.

You want to donate but don’t know where to start?

Donating is very easy!  Just take a look over at our sidebar right here on our blog.  For your convenience we have selected a few No Sew Fleece Blanket Kit patterns that we recommend from JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Stores, and put the links there.  The donation process for child sized blankets is exactly the same as it works for the adult sized.  When you donate your blanket, you will still send it directly to us, and we will package it with our ribbon and tags and send it over to Friends Like Us.  If you are making a blanket yourself the measurements for the child sized blankets are slightly different from the adult requirement, the child sized blanket should measure 48″ x 60″. As always, if you don’t have time or don’t know how to put a blanket together all you have to do is ship it to us, we are very happy to be able to put it together for you.  If you are ordering a blanket directly from the links on our sidebar, you can have the blankets shipped from JoAnn’s right to us, just put our address in form when ordering.   You can find our address under the Contact Us tab above this post.  If you have any additional questions about donating to us, check out our FAQ tab, also above this post.

The best part of all of this is that not only will we be providing comfort and warmth for children now with the help of Friends Like Us, but we will continue to collect donated blankets for adults too.  We will be running both campaigns side by side together this year.

We are very close to completion of our goal for the Lehigh Valley Health Network and when that goal is completed we will be announcing the next cancer center we will be collecting donated blankets to benefit.  We have a very exciting year planned for Layers of Love!  We know that without your generous donations we would not be able to provide these blankets that are providing comfort and warmth for chemotherapy patients.   We are very grateful and appreciative of your help.  As long as there are chemotherapy patients, we will be working hard to make sure they are provided with a blanket.

Please be sure to visit the Friends Like Us website to see all the wonderful work they are doing for children with cancer. Friends Like Us is a nonprofit childhood cancer organization with a goal to help children who have been devastated by cancer.   They do great work and are truly a wonderful organization.