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    I have been busy cleaning our closets. I got everthing washed up and delivered the clothes and purses to a local nursing home.

    The lady told me thanks and wish that more people would donate to the nursing homes. She was so excited and they will get some nice things for Christmas.

    I did this last year also.

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    I wouldn't have ever thought about this either. Nice idea. I'll have to remember this myself. :)

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    That is so kind of you! I used to work in a nursing home and you would be amazed at how little in the way of clothing some residents had. If their clothing was washed at the facility, it became worn out very quickly due to the commercial washing machine/dryers. New clothes looked old very fast.

    Sometimes when a resident would pass away, their family would donate their clothes and another needy resident would get them.

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    Darnit, I SHOULD have thought of this before. My late DH spent 3 years in a local nursing home, and when he died I just gave his clothes to it and never, ever thought of giving any more.

    STUPID of me, now that I think of it. I was so devastated at losing him that I never wanted to see that place again.
    Now I remember how well giving large cuddly teddy bears to the old men, and dressed and blanketed baby dolls to whomever wanted them, sure showed me how much they loved them. After receiving permission, I gave them out and one old lady accepted a doll, I reached over to pull down the blanket to show her the cute little face, and she started screaming that I was trying to kidnap her baby. One of the workers told me that she'd actually had a baby kidnapped briefly in her youth. And later said that the old lady refused to part with the doll, even had to undress it and take it into the bath with her, so it would not be kidnapped.
    I'll try to find some more to take there, thanks for the reminder.
    And the clothes should be loose and comfy, some of them are wheelchair bound and some are ambulatory so need regular clothing. Everything should be washable and easy to put on and take off.

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    What a wonderful thing to do for people who really need it.

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    Yes they need the clothes! It made me feel so good. I am going to start making some walker bags also for them.

    I got everything all washed up and delivered the bags today!

    I was telling my mom and she is going to go thru her clothes, dads and give them to me so I can donate to the nursing homes.

    Also she has some purses that she doesn't want and you know the ladies at the nursing home loves purses.

    I am so happy!

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    Crafty, that is so awesome!! You have a HUGE HEART!! :D

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    I never thought about donating purses. I have donated shoes, gowns, clothes, and many a many bags for Christmas.

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    Glad you did this and posted it so others would think about it. When my dear MIL was in a nursing home I realized how many of their residents needed more clothing and undergarments, too. They even collected "formal" type dresses and suits and had a "Senior Prom" every year - the ladies just loved to get all fancied - up!! Hadn't thought about purses, but they sure like to carry their "stuff" with them. I take bage of clean and repaired (if needed) clothing to our local nursing home instead of Goodwill or Salvation Army anymore.

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    Great idea. There are may residents who only have a days clothes and no visitors so the homes are always in need of clothes donations. How fun. YOu are such a wonderful soul, not only on the board but in life. Thanks for giving us all the idea again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngieS
    I wouldn't have ever thought about this either. Nice idea. I'll have to remember this myself. :)
    I wouldn't have either. I will have to give that a go....

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    Crafty Bear: There was one really sweet little old lady where my Father was in Indiana, and she would carry her purse all around with her, waiting to go home. It was really sad, but she sure loved that purse.

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    It never occurred to me to give to a nursing home, so I am very glad you mentioned this.

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    Yes, I called the office manager at the nursing home last year and she said yes they accept donations.

    So I called the same nursing home back today and took the bags to them this afternoon.

    I will also see if I have any figurines, etc. and other things that I can take to them.

    I am also going to go to Goodwill and try to find some walkers to donate to the nursing home.

    Also going to buy some handkerchiefs to take to the guys.

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    Thank you for posting this. I still have clothes from when my mother passed away.

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    Wow! Thanks for the wake-up call. I'll have to call and ask about walker bags also. They're fun and fast to make and take such a small amount of stash.

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    How wonderful of you!

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    Walkers? My gosh, I would never have thought about that. How about canes, too? Love your ideas and suggestions.

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    Yes, lets all try to find used walkers, canes to donate to the nursing homes.

    Also we can make the walker bags for them!

    I just did a search and found this free pattern for walker bags:

    http://sewing.about.com/od/healthbea.../walkerbag.htm

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    Okay quilters lets start cleaning our our wardrobes and donate things to the local nursing homes

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    how thoughtful of you. most residents end up on medicaid or social security and only get to keep $50 a month for personal spending. if they have cable or a phone that knocks out most of their spending money. and the smoker really see all their money go up in smokes.
    anything you can give them is much appreciated and your old stuff is their new stuff.

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    What a great idea, I have never thought of that.

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    thanks for sharing they are in need of clothes in them homes.. some of them like to read if able I have donated books and puzzles more puzzles then anything..they really get a joy with them

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    some of the resident would still enjoy craft things too. some are still able to crochet or knit, some would just enjoy looking at the stuff. each facility is required to help residents with activities the residents want to do so any supplies would be appreciated.

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    Thank you!! you are always full of great ideas!!! I actually have clothing from my mom, and haven't been able to part with it yet, but will certainly know where I'm going to take it and maybe help someone else out!!

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