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I was discharged yesterday after undergoing a double mastectomy. As I dressed to go home, I was wondering what to do with the drain bulbs. What a marvelous surprise when a nurse came into my room and presented me with two little shoulder pouches for my drains! Problem solved! Thank you so much for this kind gesture! Natalie

My mom received a beautiful afghan while in Palliative Care at VCU.  You truly are angels and bring comfort to those in need.  It will be cherished long after she has passed on.  Thank you! Toni

I deliver meals for the elderly in King George through the Rappohanock Area Office of Aging.  I handed out your hats, scarves and lap blankets to many in our area.  One man in particular, John, was extremely thankful for your time and thoughtfulness put into a gift for someone you didn't even know. So on his behalf, and others, thank you so much for your time and warmth. Jessica

Today was my first day of chemo in Fredericksburg. I was able to pick out 2 beautiful hats and a scarf :) I love them! Just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonder and thoughtful thing for strangers that are dealing with a life altering illness. I would like to thank a Mary B. and a Marti F. Just beautiful work and I will be very proud to wear over my bald head  :) Libby 

From The Heart Stitchers reaches out to schools in our area...

Dear all at From the Heart Stitchers, I'm writing to thank you for the beautiful little pillow I was given to ride home (1 1/5 hours) after my bilateral mastectomies.  It provided more than physical comfort!  I have been riding with that pillow long after I needed it:  Just looking at gave me tremendous reassurance that someone cared deeply.  It has been like a new security blanket!  I love looking at the beautiful calico, turning it around, and inside out, and treasuring that someone made this.  The tag has never come off, and I hope never will. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Karen

I received a beautiful blanket today while having my Chemo treatment at SP Massey. The time, thought and love has brought a ray of sunshine into my life. When people whom you do not even know take this much time to care it's hard to describe with words. Thank you, Janet

I am in chemo treatment at VCI and appreciate the beautiful hat I picked up yesterday! Thank you for the kindness you angels show. Ann

Thank you all so much for your precious and the priceless time that you all have put into making these beautiful garments for all that are in need of them. My mom has surely enjoyed every one of the handmade hats and scarves. All the love that you all put in to each stitch is so appreciated by us all. Again, thank you all so much and I pray that the Lord continues to bless you all and your ministry... XOXO Sonja

Thank you so much for your wonderful ministry!  My mother is in her second round of chemotherapy and now has two of your handmade caps that she is enjoying.  She and the others of us in our family appreciate the time, effort, and love spent to help people like my mother during challenging, uncertain times.  Special thanks to Carol and Mary Carol! Karen

Thank you for the beautiful hats and scarves that you have given to our students.  They were so very happy to receive such beautiful gifts.  Below you will find some photos taken of just how happy you made our students. Kimberly - Communities In Schools of Chesterfield

I am receiving chemotherapy treatment at Virginia Cancer Institute. I have 5-6 of your hats (so far), and I am enjoying them a lot; they are so nice it's hard not to be greedy and take more than I actually need just because they're so pretty.  I do needlework myself, and my mother was a knitter, so I appreciate all the work that goes into making them, and I love having the opportunity to have hand-made items to wear (and, I'll admit it!) fondle. Thank you for everything you do.  Before this happened to me, I never realized how important the kindness of strangers can be, but it really does make me feel good to think that someone made these items for a stranger. I am sure to let everyone who compliments me on them where they come from! Thank you, Mary

A big thank you to all of the "From the Heart" volunteers! I had a mastectomy yesterday at Johnston Willis Hospital, and was given one of your drain pouches (pretty blue gingham) when I left today. Going home with the drain was made a little easier by your gift, and it has already been such a big help to me as I begin my recovery. Thanks again for all you do for our community! Cathy

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all of you for your gifts of love and comfort. I have gotten a shawl when I visited the hospital for some tests and became overwhelmingly cold. What a comfort! When I had my mastectomy I was given a pillow to use under my seatbelt and what a blessing! The first day of my chemotherapy I didn’t think ‘naturally hot me’ would need anything. I was chilled and was given a beautiful afghan and matching hat. I didn’t need the hat at the time as I had my own hair. But my second round is coming up and there will be a chill in the air just getting there. I will need my hat this time! Thank you all so much for the comfort you give all of us who are in need of a helping hand! You make an enormous difference in cancer patients lives. Not only mine. Bless every one of you! I don’t need to sign this as YOU are the honorees!

My son will be a year next week and to this day I think of the Heart Stitchers and the joy they brought my husband and I. I had to go into the hospital when I was only 32 weeks pregnant and a few days later a cart was wheeled into my room with a small stack of hand knitted blankets.

The nice lady asked if I would like one as she showed me what she had. I remember giving her this look like "what do you mean" when she began to explain why I was being offered a blanket. I gratefully picked out a beautiful small blue blanket. ...about a week or so later, my son was delivered during an emergency c-section. He was 3.5 lbs, 15 in but otherwise healthy. During his time in the NICU he was given a beautiful blue hat to keep his oh-so tiny head warm. He spent 26 days in the hospital before being able to come home.

To this day I think about the love that went into the items we received in the hospital made by the Heart Stitchers. Every night, my son sleeps with the blanket I was given. I can picture it in pieces years down the road from the love it's given! And I still have the small blue (and even a green) hat which is proudly displayed in a shadow box. I wanted to send a note to say THANK YOU for the gifts you gave us. It wasn't just that we received a blanket and hat, but that someone wanted my new, small family to know that we were not alone during the time my son spent in the hospital. We were being thought of, and for that we are very thankful.

The picture is my son just under a week old while in the NICU, and the other picture was taken recently!
Please pass along a heartfelt thank you to all of your Stitchers from the bottom of my family's hearts!
Many thanks, Jenna

Thank you so much for designing and stitching the drain bags provided to me following my bilateral mastectomy. It was a challenge to not get tangled in the cords, and the drain bags helped immensely with confidence in negotiating draining the tubes, dressing and showers. I really do appreciate the help. I talked to multiple people before surgery to anticipate what was needed and how to cope, so I knew that a camisole with drain pockets would be provided, but that drain bag was the best! The doctor gave me two, so I could just keep one on in the shower and then put a dry one on when I got out of the shower and got dressed. Thank you to all the unknown volunteers who helped me through this surgery. Harriet


My brother loved his blanket from you guys. He was pleasantly surprised and made him smile real BIG. He has struggled since Christmas Eve with one illness after another. This really brightened his day and lifted his outlook. He has really been discouraged. Love you guys. So wonderful of you…Jackie

I was at a consignment shop the other day in Williamsburg, VA and I came across this beautiful crocheted purple blanket.  I fell in love with it!  It had one of your tags pinned to it and I thought I would swing by your website and thank you for making such beautiful and wonderful gifts for those in need.  My husband and I are expecting a little girl in October, so this is her first piece for her little nursery.  And it fits perfectly :)  Thanks again for all that you do and all your time involved in your community. Sincerely, Melissa

I really appreciate what all of you have done to help me deal with my cancer, from having nice caps to make me feel good about myself to having a cool drink and snack offered to me at Stony Point. Sincerely, Eve

Thank you so much for the beautiful blanket you made for me during my illness. I had never heard of “From the Heart Stitchers” until by gift arrived by mail. Volunteers like you are the heartbeat, the hope, and the love of this society. It shows that there are still wonderful and thoughtful people in the world. You are unsung heroes who are willing to share their time, talents, and energy. It is important to us, to let each of you know just how much you are appreciated. Thank you so much! Bessie (thanks from husband and daughter too - Jack and Jackie)

Dear From the Heart Stitchers - My heart is so full of joy because of you. Our son (14 months) had surgery last week at MCV. We were having a hard time keeping him happy and occupied as we waited for the Doctors. A nurse came out with a Teddy Bear and Blanket that you had given for just these occasions. He was immediately attached to the bear. It went to surgery with him and he was holding it when we saw him in recovery (4hrs later). There is no way to express our gratitude over this gift. It gave our little one peace and showed my husband and I that people who don't even know us, care for us! Thank you for being such a blessing in our lives. Sincerely, Lisa W.

Hello! I had my little boy on February 2nd this year and FINALLY have time to thank you for your wonderful gift!  His first hat that will be cherished forever, was sooooo cute and made by your company.  I just thought that was the sweetest thing to welcome him into this world with a homemade hat.  It looks like you have a WONDERFUL company that brings happiness to many.  We just wanted to personally thank you for making something special for our newborn baby! May God bless you, Lisa

My husband and I want to thank-you for the beautiful handmade blanket that someone lovingly spent their time making.  It warms him when he is not feeling well from the chemotherapy, but also provides us with a much needed boost in spirit as he is awaiting the bone marrow transplant.  It is comforting to know that a person who does not know us would take the time to share their talent.  Thank-you so much.  We will cherish it always. Heidi

Recently we, "Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital", began receiving crocheted cozies from your organization. All of us here at P.A.L., human & animal alike, could not be more thrilled. Oh I can't tell you how much the little kitties love "making biscuits" on them! P.A.L. is a non-profit spay/neuter clinic, so all of our kids are coming in for surgery. It is so nice for the furry kids to have a warm, soft cozie to wake up to. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Sincerely, Victoria Fenwick - Clinic Manager, "Prevent A Litter" (The image is Eric enjoying his cozie)

I have sent a thank you note to "From The Heart" by Martha Wood to be given to the volunteers. I would like for you to know that my mother was in the impatient hospice unit at Retreat Hospital after suffering a stroke....she couldn't talk, eat or drink. I stayed by her side for over 2 and 1/2 weeks, day and night, in a chair by her bed. One morning I woke up, and in a chair was a beautiful knitted lap afghan. At first I thought it belonged to someone else and ended up in the wrong room, but when I picked it up I found the attached "From the Heart" card, and realized it was for us. I can't tell you the heart touched feeling it gave me. It was like angels had flown in during the night and left behind their wings to wrap around us through this difficult time. I am so touched that you take the time, money, and hard work into making these for people that you don't even know. I will forever be grateful. God Bless All of You ...Sandra, daughter of Madge

Please accept my apologies for this long overdue thank you. I can't tell you how much it meant to us to receive one of your beautiful baby blankets when our son ended up in the NICU at Henrico Doctors Hospital after his birth on October 16, 2009. We were far from home and during the days of missing our daughter at home, my roller coaster hormones, hours by his bedside, and many many tears, it was such a pleasant surprise to walk in one morning and see him snuggled with the blanket,and to find out it was ours to keep! Fast forward nine months and 25 pounds later and our little chubby bubby is a smiling, adorable, bouncing baby boy. The memories of the NICU are never far from our mind, however, neither are the people that made that time bearable ...wonderful people like you. You make a difference. Our blanket has a permanent spot on his crib still today, and I imagine it will be something near and dear to my heart for years to come. Sincerely, - Chad & Lynne

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the drain bag holder.
I'd been wondering how on earth I would manage the drain from my mastectomy after I left the hospital. Then my nurse gave me the colorful little holder that was perfect for the job, and I was thrilled. But even more important than the practical aspect was the incredibly comforting knowledge that somewhere out there, people I didn't even know cared enough to help. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. - Ruth

Hi there from Richmond Animal Care and Control. As a team we want to thank you so much for the regular deliveries of beautiful blankets for the animals here. They are currently lining almost every cat and kitten dwelling here at 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, and some of our puppy dwellings too! Our guests are always impressed and our staff loves being able to provide the softest bedding for our animals in need. Thanks again and keep them coming! -Maria

Hello angels with knitted wings! I wanted to send an e-mail to the two addresses offered to let everyone in your knitting circle know how one of your recipients feels. I've never seen such lovely colors breathing a sunset into a day riddled with shades of gloom. Thank you for all you all produce, work on and provide. The soft yarns sometimes are the only gentle part of the day. One can't say these things in person. Being yanked and prodded and turned and twisted leaves less dignity that a horse often gets in a well tended stable. The warmth and beauty the chemo blankets and fluffy scarfs and caps bring can't be described other than to wear a sunset on a gloomy day. I hope you get to see and hear what comes of your huge sacrifice and love. To another day...

We wanted to take a moment and thank you for beautifully knitted cap our daughter received when she was born last month (November 2009).  It really touched us that you would use your talents and give the gift of love and time to our precious gift! Thank you again. Jill and Mark

I just wanted to let you know how very much I appreciate my drain bulb bag! I had my second breast cancer surgery with tram flap reconstruction on the 21st of September at St. Mary's Hospital. I was so touched and grateful to receive this to wear home and hide my drain. I continued to wear it to doctor's appointments and around the house while recuperating. Thank you so much for your kindness and compassion to those of us who need your help! May God bless you all and keep you happy and healthy! -Tammy of Glenn Allen,VA

Recently when my husband was cared for in the Palliative Care unit at MCV we received a beautiful knitted prayer blanket (afghan) that constantly reminded us of the love and care everyone was demonstrating. Steve passed away on July 20th but the blanket remains with us as a beautiful reminder of your efforts and generosity. Thank you so much. I know that you must hear those words a lot. Please know how deeply we appreciate it and how very much it means to our family. With great appreciation, Dottie

It made me feel good to receive the "bulb" bag holder on discharge from U. VA Hospital. So attractive and convenient. The satin ribbon strap adds softness and style. Thank you! Jeanette, Natural Bridge Station, VA

I received a prayer bulb bag holder and a prayer seat belt pillow upon discharge from my 2nd breast surgery; with auxiliary nodes removed this go around at UVA. Sounds like the pillow will come in handy when I get my chemo port too. Thank you for praying in advance and making these gifts available with prayer to boot. There is power in prayer. My pathology from this surgery came back clean, and I am recuperating extremely well from this go around. God is Good! Love in Christ, Cheryl from Waynesboro, VA

Just wanted to thank you so very much for the "comforting blanket" that was given to my brother who was in MCV hospital recently (March 2009). One of his daughters found much comfort in holding the blanket close to her heart as her father passed. She said that she will forever keep the blanket. Bless you for all your kindness. The Harrison Family

Less than two weeks ago I received a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer.  Today I had a "port" surgically implanted near my collarbone so I can begin chemotherapy.  The car seatbelt falls right across the port.  Our "Cancer Navigator" here in Fredericksburg gave me a small, thin pillow that's perfect to place between the port and my seatbelt.  It really makes the seatbelt more comfortable and less painful.  The pillow was handmade and donated by your group and its really a blessing.  I'm sure I'll use it every time I'm in the car for as long as I have this port (maybe up to a year). Although I don't know the individual that made the pillow there's no doubt it's an angel.  Thank you for making my difficult journey a little easier.   Please pass along my gratitude.  God bless you all.   Vicki Taylor

Hi! I was the recipient of one of your wonderful gifts when my daughter was born in 2006. The time and love given to knitting the hat really moved me. Thank you! Ashley Rhodes

I've enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful people in this group. I've been knitting for from the heart since 8/05. In this time I've been able to learn new things and help others learn too. I'm so happy to have found this community. Everyone is so supportive of each other. Jackie P. in Henrico, VA http://knitterwithcritters.blogspot.com

This is a wonderful way to use your God-given abilities...and benefit lots of people.  You're giving a gift that will warm their body but also warm their heart...that's really reflecting God's love.  It's great to see your organization growing so rapidly.  I'm going to tell my mother (who loves to knit) about your organization...I think she'd love to help.  Pat (Richmond, VA)

What an amazing thing you guys are doing! I have been involved in several organizations, but this one really comes "from the heart." I admire you for the giving of your time, using your talents, and your energy... in helping so many. May God continue to bless each one of you. Jackie J.in Richmond, Va

I browsed your site, fromtheheartstitchers.org - I wanted to let you all know how one recipient's day turned around to a lighthearted choice of which beautiful yarns and/or blankets would take care of a newly diagnosed mother with stage 3C ovarian cancer. The last 4 weeks have been jolting shock after shock. The weariness and fear left no room for sadness as a simple diagnosis of a cyst to keep a watch on, became an immediate surgery for ovarian cancer. I strolled into the Hawthorne Cancer Center looking for information on preparing for Chemo. It seemed so strange as I have been a volunteer there for 5 years. I have delivered wig choices and hats, caps and blankets to so many lovely people, male and female. Some were in the hospital at JW, some too weary to venture out, and as far away as MCV and the Hawthorne listing of groups always accompanied the love from yarns and soft materials so sorely needed when moments are filled with cold, colorless worries. So many ladies are surprised that they can don a free "$200" hairdo in only moments from one of the many shades of stylish wigs at the Hawthorne.

They are so gladdened when the fear of balding is replaced with sunrise and sunset colored hats of yarns so soft that you would think a lamb had directed the process. I have sent an e-mail or 2 about the impact your love for an unknown stranger has had on the people I have helped or watched select items from our free boutique at the Hawthorne Cancer Center. I have never had to select a hat or chemo blanket for my Mom until now. When my Dad was on dialysis, I got to see how much a warm, fuzzy, easy to handle blanket can mean. One that doesn't drag the floor and get caught in wheels and one that is a happy color for all to be lifted by.

My Mom has a beautiful pink blanket to start her chemo with now and two of the most beautiful hats with incredible stitching to so admire. The Director of the Hawthorne, was so generous with her time as you all are with your hands and time and resources. I started to leave the Hawthorne after asking about Chemo Ports and she scooted me toward your hats and blankets. I knew I would bring Mom her favorite assorted groceries, a smile, and a warm, handmade polarfleece type blanket. It was the color of a beach sunrise along with two warm, soft hats for her soon to be balding head that would remind her of sunset and the ladies somewhere like Cinderella mice, knitting away, knitting away. Thank you for starting From The Heart. You all will always be my Cinderella mice! Love...a recipient of your kind labors.

 


 

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