The day before Netroots Nation began, Pam from Calif, my sister and I, and local woman named Bridget, met at the Palo Alto VA Hospital to deliver forty-seven hand made quilts, forty-eight teddy bears, and thirty-five hand made cards. Our goal was to have thirty-five wheelchair quilts to assure that every veteran in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit would have one -- and we exceeded our goal. But it is just as well that we did -- it is a large facility that also includes a nursing home and a hospice unit as well as its various wards -- and all the quilts will surely bring some cheer to someone.
The Palo Alto VA Hospital is big. It has beds for 800 veterans and employs the help of over 2000 volunteers. Opportunities to volunteer at a VA hospital are really varied. There are volunteers who greet, who transport patients from one wing to another, who visit, and who work in all parts of the hospital. I understand that volunteering at a VA hospital is very, very rewarding. If there is a VA hospital near you, consider helping out!
There is a photo gallery here of our quilt delivery, photos by linkage. Thank you, linkage!
Ann and I would also like to thank everyone who made our trip to NN13 possible. You also made this quilt delivery possible! We are so grateful for your help -- and we hope that this project lifts some hearts in the hospital.
We hope to do something similar in Detroit next year. There is a large VA Hospital there, after all. More on this in upcoming DK Quilt Guild diaries!