Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Katie's Comforters Guild

I just stumbled across an awesome opportunity for anyone living in Seattle or who'd like to financially support a good cause. Katie's Comforter Guild brings comfort to sick children at Seattle Children's Hospital by making handmade blankets for them. The guild's inspiration is Katie Gerstenberger, who was a patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and sadly died in August 2007. Her mom's handmade blanket from home was a great comfort to her during her treatment for cancer. You can help by sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making fleece blankets. Due to infection-control issues, only newly-purchased, newly-made items can be accepted- that means no used blankets or materials. You can deliver your blanket to SCH's Volunteer Office or mail it there; look at the blog for more information. Donations or gift cards (preferably to national chain fabric stores) are also appreciated.

The guild's president is Katie's mom, Karen, who has a personal blog. In the little I've read so far, I have been impressed by her honesty and vulnerability regarding her grief over the loss of her daughter. Consider this post on transforming pain lest you transmit it to others. I would hazard a guess that this is partially how Katie's Comforter Guild came to be. She also writes a sweet letter to Katie on what would have been her 15th birthday.

1 comment:

karen gerstenberger said...

Thank you for this "shout-out." There is going to be a blurb about us in the April issue of Redbook magazine, on the last page. The column is called "I Love My ___ Life."