2010 What a Year!

Layers of Love Logo

We launched Layers of Love on On February 24, 2010. What a year it has been! What started with a simple idea and an email sent from a dear friend late at night,  has blossomed into a full-blown non-profit, collecting brand new homemade fleece blankets to provide comfort and warmth to chemotherapy patients.

Layers of Love started by collecting blankets specifically for those chemotherapy patients at Cooper Cancer Institute in Voorhees, New Jersey. We completed our goal plus some, and now we are close to meeting another goal for the chemotherapy patients at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Donated Fleece Blankets

This year, Layers of Love had a great amount of help from very generous people. We were lucky enough to work with many community groups, individuals, teens, charter school students and college students, all toward one common goal, providing comfort and warmth for people who need it most.

We received a HUGE lift from a Life Scout Sam Keefer, whose Eagle Scout project was to not only collect blankets to benefit the chemotherapy patients at Cooper Cancer Institute, but he also organized and ran a fundraiser, plus organized a volunteer event to put over 50 blankets together. We also held our first Fleece Blanket Tying Event at Palmerton Library. We had a lot of help from volunteers who gave up a night of their time to come out and help put blankets together. It was a lot of fun.

Another fun group was the group of teenage girls who came over our house for a Fleece Tying Family Fun Night. My daughter and her friends had a lot of fun. Not only did we receive generous donations of tied fleece blankets but we also received handsewn blanket donations. Along with those, we also received bolts of fleece fabric from a wonderful mother and daughter. That donation in turn led to a church youth group pairing up their fabric with the donated fabric to make beautiful blankets for more chemotherapy patients.

Donations don’t have to come locally, and many donations to Layers of Love did not. We were contacted by a dorm of college students at Purdue University who made four very special blankets for Layers of Love to be donated specifically for chemotherapy patients who are battling breast cancer. But not all blanket donations came from community groups, many came from individuals from all over the globe, we have even received blankets from as far away as Ireland!

We also had the privilege of working with another charity very closely during the month of November. Friends Like Us is a wonderful children’s charity. Friends Like Us is a non-profit childhood cancer organization with a goal to help children who have been devastated by cancer. They provide children who have been diagnosed with cancer undergoing chemotherapy a customized chemo bear with interactive accessories and a children’s cancer book. We are looking forward to the new year and are very excited to be working with Friends Like Us again. We will have more information, and a full official announcement on this campaign right after the new year.

Far and away the most rewarding part of the past year was our delivery of your donated blankets to the chemotherapy patients at Cooper Cancer Institute.  That was a day I will never forget and is never far from my mind.  As I wrote in the original blog post “It was wonderful to give a patient a blanket and see their face light up and for them to immediately put them to use.  YOUR generous donations have made a huge difference to these chemotherapy patients.  YOU have made it possible for them to have comfort and warmth as they go forward with their treatments.  We cannot thank you enough for all the donations we have received.”

Those words stand true to this day.  Layers of Love would not be where it is today without all of your generous donations.  We are very proud to say that to date we have received more than 108 blanket donations. Along with donations to both Cooper Cancer Institute and upcoming to the Lehigh Valley Health Network, we have also received numerous emails from individuals requesting blankets for loved ones who are currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments, we are pleased to say we have not turned down a single request this year.

We are so proud of everything we’ve accomplished this year, thanks to you. We rely on your generous donations, and you have not let us down.  We are so grateful for each and every donation we have received, and to all of you we say THANK YOU.

As we are moving on into the new year of 2011, we are looking forward to helping even more chemotherapy patients. We have a lot planned to help us reach our goals.  At Layers of Love, we don’t plan on resting until every chemotherapy patient who needs one has received a brand new fleece blanket to provide them with comfort and warmth as they go through their treatments.

From Layers of Love to you and your family, Happy New Year.

Advertisements

Community Collaboration for Chemotherapy Patients

Layers of Love is still working hard to reach our goal for the chemotherapy patients at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.  We are getting closer to our goal, and this is a BIG part of how we are reaching that goal.

A while back I received an email from a wonderful woman who had 3 bolts of fleece fabric she wanted to donate to us here at Layers of Love.

3 Bolts of White Fleece Fabric

What a very generous donation!  I was so excited, not only for the donation but also because I knew that it would be able to open the door for even more donations to us.  And open the door it has!  It has enabled not only individuals but community groups to do more with less fabric. I am so grateful that Elizabeth contacted us and we will be able to benefit so many more chemotherapy patients from her donation.  She has continued to be in my thoughts and prayers since the day I had the pleasure of meeting her and her daughter. Elizabeth herself has been going through chemotherapy treatments.  We pray she is doing well.

Since I have received the 3 bolts of fabric, I have received other donations of fabric, this has enabled me to be able to pair two parts of donated fabric from two different sources together, to help more chemotherapy patients.

Collaboration of 2 Pieces of Donated Fabric to Make One Blanket

Layers of Love has been working with several groups that have chosen us to benefit from their community projects. When we are contacted by a group looking to help us out, we try to do all that we can to help them complete their goal. Recently we were contacted by a youth group leader at Bethany Wesleyan Church, which is a local church here where we are located.  They wanted to make their fabric go as far as possible to help us help as many chemotherapy patients as they could.  So I told them we had donated fabric here that they could pair up with the fabric they had and we could collaborate to make their fabric go further.  Their youth group met last week and look at the fantastic work they did with both fabrics!

Bethany Wesleyan Church's Beautiful Homemade Fleece Blankets

We are giving them a BIG thank you for all their hard work.  This is exactly what I was so excited about when we received the generous donation of the 3 bolts of fabric.  I knew it would open the door to help more people and groups to be able to have a hand in helping even more chemotherapy patients.

Community collaboration for chemotherapy patients.  It is a win win situation no matter how you look at it.

*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.   More information is in our FAQ tab and Guidelines tab above this post.*

*If your community group would like to donate to us here at Layers of Love, feel free to contact us: donations@layersoflove.net We have 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 it’s best!*

Layers of Love and the Lehigh Valley Health Network

Providing comfort and warmth to chemotherapy patients one blanket at a time

Today Layers of Love is happy to announce that we are now going to be collecting donated homemade fleece blankets for the chemotherapy patients at the Lehigh Valley Health Network. It’s health network has two Cancer Centers that we will be donating to: the Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and the Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hopspital-Mulhenberg.

The cancer centers in the Lehigh Valley Health Network are the fourth largest in Pennsylvania, and care for over 2400 patients a year.  The cancer centers are part of the LVHN which also includes:  burn care and recovery, children’s care, emergency and trama care, heart care, neuroscience care, a weight management center, orthopedic care and other services.

We are very excited to be working to help provide comfort and warmth to the chemotherapy patients locally, here in the Lehigh Valley area.   We have set our first goal for the LVHN at 25 blankets. We are hoping you can help us to reach our first goal.  If you have any questions or are not sure about how to donate to blankets to Layers of Love please check out our donations guidelines and FAQ tabs above this post.  For any other questions please email us at: layersoflove1@gmail.com