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Lap Robe Ladies (Therapy Throws)

My husband had a stroke and was sent to Spalding Rehabilation Hospital for rehab for a couple of months. Afterwards, he was sent home and was expected to attend therapy classes during the day and return home to be with his family. This was of the most difficult times of our lives. He became depressed and withdrawn. I finally stepped up and said to him that I could no longer live like this. He needed to get off of the couch and "get a life"!!I also needed a life. I spent my days driving him to therapy and I rushed through my day cleaning and rushing back over to pick him up. I had no life. I, too became depressed and withdrawn.

This was to be a "Happy Time!" This was our "Retirement!" I got him off of the couch when his therapy time was over. You see, he only gets so many days or hours. "Times Up!" I said "You are going to start to volunteer." Oh, did he give me a hard time. I said I would go with him until he got started.

We were welcomed with open arms into Spalding Lap Rob Volunteers. It turns out that Spalding has several church groups as well as community groups that make the blankets for our patients and Chuck and I pass them out to the patients. This gives us the opportunity to stop and chat with them and maybe straighten up their room. Chuck can spot a stroke survivor a mile away. He usually starts to talk about their stroke and his stroke and before you know it we havc spent 45 minutes just being friendly. We also give patients walker bags and small pillows.

We have bake sales at holidays in an effort to earn money to buy yarn to give to the crocheters and knitters. Sometimes the hospital, nurses and staff donate yarn and material. The Hospital and Volunteer Association hosts a brunch for the ladies and a lunch to express their graditute for all of their hard work.

The ladies use the yarn of their choice, depending on what they are making.
I don't think that the media has reported on our project. Word of mouth is how the word gets around through the years. Chuck and I have gone over to observe the group that meets at one church and the little girls were sitting at their mother's knees learning how to crochet and knit. We give out about 70 therapy throws a month and about 50 walker bags.

We have a lady who started a new give a way. She is making cover ups for the patients who are learning to eat all over again. The ladies just love these. They are made with T towels and are so beautiful. They keep the clothes clean and are pretty to wear. We give about 50 a month away.

I have to learn how to transfer pictures in order to send pictures. I just thought I would see if you were interested in my story before I put any more time into this.

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