Hello Ms. Gonzalez,
We got your email address off of your website. We wanted to take a moment
to humbly thank you for the beautiful quilt that was given to our son when he was admitted to the Oncology Unit at Children's Hospital. On October 5th, our seven month old son, Samuel John Tollefson, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. The doctors discovered this malignant tumor around his spine. Over the previous week he had lost motor function in his legs and trunk. It was because the tumor was growing into the spinal canal
and compressing Samuel's spinal cord. After emergency surgery, by the Neurological team, to decompress the cord, Samuel was soon admitted to Oncology to begin Chemotherapy. When the nurse came into his room, she was carrying this beautiful handmade quilt. She had no intention of doing an exam, poking, proding, or giving meds. She simply came in to say hello, welcome us with this quilt and tell us they were going to take good care of Samuel. While we have a long road ahead to battle this cancer, your bright, colorful, cozy quilt reminds us that there is hope. Each day is a gift. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). We thank God for people like you who use their time, talent and resources to help those who are in need and hurting, to brighten their day. We have attached a picture of Samuel with his quilt. Thank you, Kevin, Amy and Samuel Tollefson
You can use any pattern you wish. Quilts must be Twin Size or larger, machine quilted and bound for durability.
Here are the many ways you can get involved.
1. You can assemble a quilt top and send it into us and we will prepare it for the machine quilters and then it will bound. If you wish to complete the entire quilt yourself, that is perfectly acceptable. Feel free to sign your quilt, but please keep the message upbeat.
2. If you are a Long Arm Quilter and would like to be added to our list of volunteer's, you simply commit to machine quilting 6 quilts for the year, and in exchange, we will add you to our Long Arm Quilters List FREE of charge for as long as you are working with us. Click here to see the list of Long Arm Qulters who are involved with this project: We ask that you deliver your quilts throughout the year so that we can keep a count of how many we have. The last date for sending in quilts that need to be completed is June 1, 2011 for next year. (However, this is an ongoing project!)
3. You can attend our monthly CR4TS Sew-a-Thons. We come together to assemble quilt tops, add borders to quilt tops that have been completed and some that are donated. Add the backing fabric and get the quilt ready to go out to one of our Volunteer Long Arm Quilters. We also bind the quilts that have been returned from the machine quilters. We have a wonderful time and once you attend, you will be hooked.
Help put a smile on a childs face. Let them and their parents know that someone truly cares. The feeling that you receive in return in priceless!