A Difficult Decision

Over the past few months I have been agonizing over the difficult decision of the future of Layers of Love.  I began Layers of Love as a way to provide comfort and warmth to chemotherapy patients both children and adults in honor of my Dad who had been diagnosed with cancer.

Over the past 5 years I have donated close to 1000 blankets to chemotherapy patients across the United States and Canada. Donated blankets have been shipped to Sloan Kettering in NYC, Infusion Centers in Milwaukee, California, North Carolina, Louisiana, the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Cooper Cancer Center, Cooper University Hospital, Miami Children’s Hospital and I have partnered with The Isaiah Alonso Foundation – a foundation near and dear to my heart.  I am very proud of the donations I was able to make through Layers of Love and the support of those who prepared and donated blankets to us for chemotherapy patients.

Over these past 5 years Layers of Love has never turned down a private request for a blanket.

There is also the shipping costs to consider. For the most part I have funded shipping blankets completely on my own. There have also been a few friends who have helped me with shipping costs over the past few years, for which I am grateful. Shipping a typical adult sized blanket runs anywhere from around $8.00 to $13.00 depending on where in the country it is going.  Adult blankets are the majority of the private requests I receive.

I chose this route for Layers of Love because I didn’t want to lose the simplicity or over complicate what the vision for Layers of Love is and knew because of my decision, unfortunately that Layers of Love would not be able to sustain itself forever.

I am also grateful for the generous donations from private individuals who I never had the pleasure of meeting, the many community groups, including school groups, camps, after school programs, universities, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, sport programs, and church groups. Thank you.

Because of the high costs to keep Layers of Love afloat, I have made the difficult decision to close the website down.

Layers of Love is a part of my being, my fabric, who I am.  I have had the support of many to help start Layers of Love, and keep Layers of Love growing over the years.  I couldn’t have done this without their support.  Thank you.

I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to honor my Dad and his life by founding Layers of Love.  I am also grateful for the friendships I’ve made through Layers of Love, the work I’ve done, the patients I’ve met who have in turn, changed my life for the better and my close friends who have supported Layers of Love from the start. I can’t thank you all enough for your love and support. Thank you.

3 Years, 600 Blankets and Counting!

Tying BlanketsLayers of Love was launched on February 24, 2010.  We are nearing our three year anniversary.  Layers of Love began because of a simple need, one terrible side effect of chemotherapy treatment is being susceptible to cold.

Fleece Blanket Donations

In just under three years we have provided over 600 brand new fleece blankets to chemotherapy patients all over the United States and Canada.  We have received donations from all over the world.  We have donated blankets to Cancer infusion centers all over the United States, from Miami to New York City, from Camden, New Jersey to Milwaukee, from California to North Carolina and many more locations. We collect  both adult sized blankets and pediatric sized blankets.  We collect pediatric size blankets for two wonderful organizations: Chai Lifeline and The Isiah Alonso Foundation.  We have also shipped blankets that have been privately requested by loved ones for their friends, family members, and work colleagues.  We have received requests through our twitter account, our facebook page and through email.  Layers of Love is proud to say that we have never turned down a request for a blanket.  In fact, we have even been able to fulfill requests that have come in for multiple blankets to infusion centers from both nurses and patients.

The reason we have been able to provide so many chemotherapy patients with comfort and warmth is because of generous people just like you.  We have so many friends of Layers of Love donate blankets so that we can continue on our mission.

Community Groups

We have had community groups, church groups, Girl Scout Troops, Brownie Troops, a Life ScoutUniversity dorms, Summer Camp programs plus incredible individuals that have continuously donated blankets to us time and time again.   We are so grateful and thank you for all the support, and blanket donations we have received over the past three years.  With each day that passes by we become more and more committed to providing comfort and warmth to chemotherapy patients.  We do not intend on stopping until each and every chemotherapy patient has a blanket to provide them with comfort and warmth as they go through their treatment. What three years has taught us is that not only are we warming a chemotherapy patient’s body with our blankets, we are also warming their hearts.  What three years has taught us, is that when a chemotherapy patient receives a brand new fleece blanket that was donated from a complete stranger, their face lights up, their hope is raised,  they don’t feel so alone, their heart is indeed warmed. We hope that as we begin on this next year of our journey that you will continue to support our mission, to help us carry on the comfort and warmth.

If you would like to donate a brand new fleece blanket to Layers of Love and aren’t sure where to begin, be sure to visit our website. Check out the FAQ/Guideline tab for more information.

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.