Craft a smile
March is National Craft Month, and since crafters are known to be incredibly generous – often gifting or donating many of the items they make – it’s the perfect time to start preparing and creating comfort items for seniors in need of a little extra TLC.
You might drop off a lapghan or prayer shawl at a local nursing home or assisted living facility for a resident who rarely has any visitors, or stop by your place of worship with some cheerful cotton dishcloths or pillows that they can give to members of the congregation who may now be shut-ins. You could even take a crafty little care package to a lonely senior in your neighborhood who would probably be thrilled to see a friendly face at their door.
Loneliness amongst seniors is a very real problem. In fact, 43% of seniors report feeling lonely on a regular basis, and isolated seniors have a 59% greater risk of mental and physical decline than their more social counterparts.1 It’s critical to make sure our seniors know that they are important and haven’t been forgotten. Creating something handmade just for them is a beautiful way to achieve that end.
Fortunately there’s no end to the number of creative things to make for seniors in need of comfort, and no shortage of free online patterns for inspiration:
Knit and crochet patterns
- Knitted and crocheted lapghans, (perfect for those in wheelchairs)
- Wheelchair and walker tote bags
- Socks and slippers
- Prayer shawls and ponchos
- Dishcloths (paired with a nice bar of soap a dishcloth makes a great little gift)
What if you’re not crafty?
As Foresters members, there are other ways you can help bring love and comfort to seniors in your community if you happen not to be too crafty.
Consider organizing or taking part in a Foresters-sponsored Care Package activity where you can assemble hygiene kits that are donated to vulnerable seniors in need. Or check out Foresters No-Sew Blanket activity where members gather to create simple but cozy no-sew blankets which can be personalized by using patterned or brightly colored fleece. All the information you need to lead or participate in one of these events can be found on MyForesters.com.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the seniors in our community. They are the ones who raised us, taught us, mentored us, and have cared for us in so many ways throughout our lives. Making something handcrafted to give them a little comfort and joy during National Craft Month is a sweet way to say thank you.
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