Patricia Gallagher – BA, MBA
Cell: 267 939 0365
The Stories for Seniors Project distributes new and gently-used stuffed animals and lap blankets such as crocheted, knitted and quilted afghans and fleece throw blankets to offer care and comfort to Seniors living in nursing homes, AIDS Hospices, retirement communities, Veterans Hospitals, shelters, cancer support groups, life recovery groups and other places where people need hope, comfort and encouragement. Also, small items that bring joy such as tissue paper corsages, and small Dollar Store type items. Items that might just make people forget their problems for a little while. Sometimes it is just the little things that can brighten a person’s day.
For quite some time, I have been visiting people residing in a variety of senior living communities. We give each resident their choice of a cozy lap blanket, a small gift from the Dollar Store, a tissue paper corsage or a new or very gently used stuffed animal.
Many of the seniors are in wheelchairs, with big wheels, metal sides and brakes, far removed from the way they used to get around.
If we put ourselves in their shoes for a moment, what would it mean if someone brought in a beautiful, soft blanket that could lay across our lap? Or a stuffed animal, such as an adorable white fluffy poodle, that reminded the residents of a forsaken long- time companion?
Not really for warmth but for comfort, a symbol of a spirit of giving. The blankets and stuffed animals, perhaps, are an inventive way to say thanks to the Vets for their service, maybe even an expression of Thanksgiving.
And a small gift for the other Seniors who feel sad and alone. What kind of gift would they like?
Maybe a little gift of note paper, a pack of gum, a bag of hard candy, some hand lotion or something that you may have in a bureau drawer that you would like to “re-gift.”
Something small that you no longer need but can be given away to put a smile on another person’s face.
Some of these wonderful seniors are confused at times, and may be thinking of the old days when they were opening a can of tomatoes to prepare a meal for their family or singing heartily in their church choir.
How wonderful a soft stuffed animal and blanket is to cuddle with!
AND I OFFER A FUN ONE HOUR PROGRAM THAT ACCOMPANIES THE STUFFED ANIMAL DISTRIBUTION. Interactive, joyful, fun and colorful!
Please call or email to share ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
Patricia Gallagher, BA, MBA
Director of the Stories for Seniors Project
Cell: 267 939 0365
Please call or email before collecting items so we can share our current needs. Lap blankets – approximately 5′ by 5′ or less.