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    Emptied Mom's house, Fabric and quilt tools everywhere

    Please help. We had to move Mom to an Assisted Living for Memory Care facility in Plano, TX. We cleaned out her house and now have large boxes of fabric, quilt tools, plastic stencils (I guess this is what these are) and some quilt tables. I do not want to sell these items. Mom has always been a generous individual and I want to keep in the spirit. Can anyone please tell me where I can donate these items in Plano, Texas, to maximize the use of everything? I can divide them up between multiple organizations without a problem. Any ideas, suggestions, etc. are most appreciated! Thank you for your attention, Christina

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    if you can find your local quilting guild they can help, also many churches have groups that make charity quilts. Good luck, I think this is a wonderful way to honor your mom too. I hope she is as well as she can be.
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    You mention that she is in an *assisted* care facility, can she still sew some things?? Hugs as you walk this path. I cared for DMIL-Alz for 7 years.

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    Project Linus is a great organization, here's a link showing their Plano drop off sites, perhaps you could give them a call. http://pldallas.org/faqs/#dropoff

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    Thank you! She is my Hero.

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    Ok I wanted to put some notations in with my links but it would not let me...
    First I am so sorry to hear that your Mom has had to be moved to assisted living. I understand how hard that is. I sincerely hope things go well.

    I added a few links in my first message of local guilds with charities who are always looking for fabric. Bless you!
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    So sorry that your mom had to go to assisted living, such a hard thing to do but yet it is better for everyone. Hope you find a worthy place(s) for all her supplies.

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    I have worked for Hospice for 8 years. We have volunteers who make lap robes and give one to each new patient. This wonderful gift thrills the patient and their families. Not sure if each hospice does this, but it would be a great donation to the volunteers who sew these beautiful gifts. When my MIL was on hospice I used to look at her hospice lap robe on her bed and think of the hours someone spent making something for a stranger.

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    'LINUS Project' look ONLINE and there should be one in that area!
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    check with the local schools they may be able to use some of the items.

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    Hi, my mother is also in assisted living with memory issues. She's not in the memory care unit at this point but could be soon.

    Some of the women in the community do like to sew and make items that are then sold for a fund that they started (don't know the disposition of the money). So check with the activities director. She might be able to use them.

    Good luck with the transition. It can be a hard one.

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    I have to say that not all hospices do the lap quilts. I have worked for one and DH has worked for several. They get some in from different groups once in awhile and I donate them when I can. I have 6 right now in different stages that need to go to DH's hospice.

    ForMyMom, My heart goes out to you. I know it was a hard decision, but now she is safe and have a few less worries. Good luck on your search for the right place for all of her quilting!
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    I have worked for Hospice for 8 years. We have volunteers who make lap robes and give one to each new patient. This wonderful gift thrills the patient and their families. Not sure if each hospice does this, but it would be a great donation to the volunteers who sew these beautiful gifts. When my MIL was on hospice I used to look at her hospice lap robe on her bed and think of the hours someone spent making something for a stranger.

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    After having to put my 90yr. old sister in assisted living, I can tell you not to worry. They get to love it there. For so long they have been at home "lonely". Then they get re-acquainted with an awful lot of people. They can't wait to get up and get into the crowd.

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    There's also groups tha make quilts of valor for our soilders at home and over seas.
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    QFK (quilts for kids) another worthy organization....
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    Many of the Senior Centers also have quilting groups.
    Plano Senior Recreation Center
    401 West 16th Street
    972-941-7155


    Senior Center at Frisco Square
    6670 Moore Street
    Frisco, Texas 75034
    Phone: 972-292-6550

    The Colony Sr. Center
    5151 N Colony Blvd.
    972 624-2246


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    Others have made great donation suggestions for you. I'm so sorry you had to put your mom in assisted living. My grandmother is really looking forward to it, she is much more social than my grandfather and hopes to have a lot of fun with the other residents. Is your mom not able to sew at all anymore? It would absolutely break my heart to not have some of my tools and a project, at least.

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    Sometimes residents in assisted living "homes" do use lap robes, but also wear fancy long "bibs". The assisted living facility might have the names of groups that sew for their facility.
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    I'm sorry your Mom is in the stage of life she is - it is a hard one to live through - especially for her near and dear ones.

    Have you asked the assisted living place if they have any ideas?

    I know you said you didn't want to sell her things - but if you have a charity that is near and dear to you that is NOT interested in sewing things - perhaps you could have a sale to raise funds for that.

    By the way - if you do decide to do that - DON'T call it a 'garage sale' - call it a 'fabric opportunity' or 'estate sale' - that way you can ask more for the items - and maybe get it!

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    So sorry to hear about your Mom. Our family has just been thru that.

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    Check with one of our members, DebbieUmphrees. She is a coordinator with Project Linus and lives in Texas. If you want to send me a PM with your phone number, I will call her and have her contact you. Be blessed for your desire to continue what Mom has done all her life. GOD Bless

    Quote Originally Posted by ForMyMom View Post
    Please help. We had to move Mom to an Assisted Living for Memory Care facility in Plano, TX. We cleaned out her house and now have large boxes of fabric, quilt tools, plastic stencils (I guess this is what these are) and some quilt tables. I do not want to sell these items. Mom has always been a generous individual and I want to keep in the spirit. Can anyone please tell me where I can donate these items in Plano, Texas, to maximize the use of everything? I can divide them up between multiple organizations without a problem. Any ideas, suggestions, etc. are most appreciated! Thank you for your attention, Christina

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    This is a wonderful way to honor your mother. Good luck to her in her new living situation. I am in the early stages of dealing with a similar situation on the East Coast. Is your mom still able to quilt? My mom loves to quilt and is physically failing.....hard for her to sew a straight seam and even harder for her to see handwork well enough to do any hand stitching. It's really depressing her. Any one have any ideas on how to keep a 92 year old quilter happy when her skills are deteriorating? What to do? Currently, we supply her with as much simple straight sewing as we can and do the tricky bits for her.

    I wish you and your mom good times as she adjusts.

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    There isn't a Quilts for Kids chapter in Plano, but perhaps one of the other 8 chapters is near enough for you to donate to them. http://www.quiltsforkids.org/chapters/

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    Take some of the stuff to the assisted care facility where she will be going. They usually have an activities director who can get together a "quilting session." We did that for my DMIL and she had a great time moving the fabric around as well as talking about the various fabrics and project she had done during her sewing days.

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