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My sister, winglion, with a stack of quilts in the Volunteer Coordinator's office, Palo Alto VA Hospital

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.

Here is a photo gallery of all the quilts.

Teddy bears!

Hand made cards by state of confusion

Main entrance of the Palo Alto VA Hospital

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!

Pam from Calif -- such a pleasure to meet her and her mom!

On the left is Vicky, who works with the volunteers.  On the right is Bridget, unloading quilts.

Quilts and a bear!

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!

Originally posted to Sara R on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 05:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by DK Quilt Guild, Community Quilt Project, Positive Intention and Lovingkindness, DKOMA, Street Prophets , Military Community Members of Daily Kos, and DKos Military Veterans.

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