As we are all working to better the lives of others, it is important that we all recognize and help each other to enhance the work that we are doing. Each group always needs stitchers/sewists/quilters and people who will help just as World of Charity Stitching does. Groups are based in countries all around the world. Maybe one of the groups we feature here is close to you and you will be able to work with them. We are all needed to change this world to be a better place for those in need.

Friday, December 23, 2011

AFGHANS FOR ANGELS, California Chapter

Afghans for Angels is an organization made up completely of volunteers who make and distribute baby blankets to local hospitals to give to parents who have suffered the loss of their infant through miscarriage, still birth or infant death. 

The death of a child, whether by miscarriage or later on, is a totally devastating event in a parent's life. While this is sometimes a very difficult subject to speak of, it does happen nonetheless. Our "Afghans for Angels" are placed lovingly around these infant angels when they are held by their families for the brief time in which bittersweet hellos and sad good-byes are said. The parents are then allowed to keep these afghans as a token of remembrance of their baby. We want to acknowledge that these parents did have a baby. Though their child did not live long, we do not want to diminish the fact that they were and will continue to be the parents of this child.

The California Chapter of Afghans for Angels became active in April of 2010. We are looking for volunteers to help create these afghan gifts. If you can knit, crochet, or quilt, we would love to have your help. Donations of soft yarn in baby colors would also be appreciated . Each afghan donated will be tagged with two cards held on with ribbon. One card is for the family, and one is geared toward the hospital staff.

Should you be interested, I have created a Yahoo group just for Afghans for Angels, California Chapter . This will be a place where volunteers can share stories, pattern ideas, information on good yarn sales, pictures of our completed afghans, etc. We will also keep a tally of how many afghans have been donated and to what hospitals. If you would like to join, just go to the Yahoo web site and under "Find a Group" type in afghansforangelscalifornia. This will take you to the site listing, where you can then click on the name of our group and join. All volunteers, whether donating yarn and other supplies or afghans, are welcome to join this group. 

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Linda Meadows, Coordinator
(530) 417-2112
P.O. Box 1085
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

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