Quilts 4 Cancer has been providing beautiful, warm quilts for the patients at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Pahrump for over 9 years. With the dedicated assistance provided by 50 to 60 volunteers Quilts 4 Cancer leader, Barb Johnston has shared her passion of quilting in order to provide warmth and comfort to the most fragile in our community.
Nathan Adelson Hospice has received and distributed several hundred quilts over the years. Delivered by a member of the field staff, either a nurse, certified nursing assistant, social worker, spiritual caregiver or volunteer, the quilts make a lovely ice breaker when going in for a visit with a terminally ill patient.
As one social worker tells us, “I had a very difficult first visit with one family and really wanted to find a special way to get a little closer, the quilts had just been dropped off. I looked for one that I thought my patient would enjoy and brought it with me on my next visit.” She continues, “This time smiles greeted me when I presented this beautifully crafted quilt and laid it on the lap of the patient” I explained about Quilts 4 Cancer and the ladies that create these beautiful quilts for no other reason than the love of doing for others”.
“It was a beautiful experience for my patient and for me and one I now experience over and over again.”
The experiences of each of the field staff after they have presented the gift of a quilt to a patient have been equally touching and meaningful and it gains even more meaning after the loved one has passed, because now the family has this lovely quilt to remind them of someone they held dear and the work done by volunteers to help make their days a little more tolerable.
Quilts 4 Cancer also was the first quilt charity to provide quilts for the New VA Hospital in N Las Vegas, NV. A quilt for every bed, plus extra were provided. Homeless and nursing homes also receive quilts.
Comfort quilts warms the mind body and soul of the recipient, made by volunteers with great big warm hearts !