Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our annual FUN trek to the hospital

Today was fun - it was our annual trek to University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital (aka American Family Children's Hospital). We were a little earlier than past years - we had great weather instead of snow but we didn't get to see Santa or all of the decorations at the hospital. I wanted to go now because we have a young friend, Brynn, at the hospital.

I had 20 quilts to donate. Most were made this year - I think three were made in 2016. Here they are piled on the couch before we left.
Quilts to donate. Not include is the quilt on the back of the sofa.

Today I donated in honor of Brynn. She helped me design a quilt at a recent retreat. Now she is in the hospital for treatment. At the retreat, she went through pictures of all of my 2017 quilts and decided on her favorite. So instead of donating that quilt, we visited Brynn and delivered it to her. She immediately spread it out on her bed and eventually pulled it up to her chin; she was almost asleep when our short visit ended.
Brynn's favorite quilt is also a favorite of mine.
I hope the other 20 recipients like their quilts and that the quilts bring them some comfort. 

Last year I wrote:

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
-Winston S. Churchill

... I'm really not sure how to explain why I donate. It is just what I do. It feels good. I want to give back. I enjoy giving. I want to help. I want to make a difference. It is my work at this point in my life. I am blessed to be in good health and blessed to have enough time and resources to share.  

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”  
-Ben Carson

This year I still agree with everything I wrote last year. Today I was able to watch a sick child receive one of my quilts. This 10-year-old was delighted and immediately snuggled under her new quilt. I think it brought her comfort and that delighted me. I'll definitely be making and donating more quilts! 


  1. LOVE this post! You were an angel in disguise as you delivered those beautiful quilts.

  2. Wonderful post! Yes, when we discover a need and fill it, it becomes our calling. What you do is vital, so keep it up. She looks exceptionally happy with her quilt.

  3. Yes indeed! We are much happier when we give. You rock, girl!!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your day. I loved seeing the picture of you and Zbrynn and hearing the story of her new quilt. You have made such a contribution by donating all these quilts..awesome!

  5. We can't thank you enough! She has snuggled under that quilt every night since she has been here. I'm sure all.of the other kids who get those of your quilts will know that it is filled with love.

    1. You are all so welcome! I love Brynn's attitude and hope all keeps going well. ~Jeanne

  6. Yes, I think we get more out of the donation quilts than we give. Sew glad Brynn loved her quilt. I know the other recipients will, too.



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