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Alice's Embrace

Alice's EmbraceAlice's Embrace is devoted to providing hand-knit and hand-crocheted prayer shawls and lap blankets to those suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.  Alice Figueira passed away from Alzheimer's Disease on May 29, 2011.  She was given a blanket that was hand knit by her daughter and that item provided warmth, comfort and helped ease her anxiety.  Looking to provide that same comfort to others who are suffering from this disease, we created Alice's Embrace.  We are seeking volunteers to knit and crochet the patterns that we have created. 

We are currently working with The Eskaton Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Northern California that has assisted living and memory care facilities.  Our goal is to provide each of their memory care residents with an Alice's Embrace lap blanket or prayer shawl.  We have 38 patterns (19 patterns each available in a prayer shawl and lap blanket size).  From Cashews to Homemade Noodles to Walkin' the Halls; each pattern is named after a story about Alice.  Please check out all the patterns on the website and read the fun stories.  If you are interested in knitting or crocheting for Alice's Embrace, please look at the "How to Help" page.  There you will find all the information you need to contribute an item. 

We currently have over 20 partnering yarn shops (all are drop-off locations for donated items) in Northern California, but if you don't live near any of these partnering shops, you can send your donated items directly to Alice's Embrace.   Through the loving hands of many generous and talented people, this endeavor will help ease the anxiety that is often present in those suffering from the disease.



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We've been so busy around here. We still have our quarterly contests and they're always a lot of fun. We receive items from all over the country. We have given away over 2,800 items to date. We now have 60 patterns (30 lap blankets and 30 prayer shawls), so please take a look at all of the beautiful options. We make 3-5 deliveries to memory care communities each month. The recipients of our shawls and blankets are so appreciative... they especially love when we write their name on the Alice's Embrace label. We welcome new knitters and crocheters all the time. Below you see Ruth's name on her new gift's label.

Please check out our Humdinger of a Contest that ends 12/31/2014. The contest consist of two parts. PART ONE: We will be giving away yarn to eight lucky winners to make an item for us. Anyone can enter this contest. Just send us an email with Humdinger of a Contest in the Subject line to PART TWO: This might make you want to put your holiday knitting down for a bit. Anyone who donates a completed item (using one of our patterns) to us during the contest period will be entered into a drawing to win one of three brand new Vera Bradley tote bags. These bags are gorgeous and what's even better is the tote will come filled with enough yarn for one of our patterns. The completed items are intended to come back to Alice's Embrace so they can be given to a special, deserving person who is suffering with Alzheimer's Disease. Please go to our Home page to see a little more information and how to enter.


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