Hospice Dolls & Angels
Why Do We Make All Those Dolls, Angels and Hearts You Ask??
Since 2011, the Hospice Dolls Volunteer Group -- of the Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA) -- has hand crafted over 2,700 dolls, angels, and hearts for patients and their family members. That task involved a lot of measuring, tracing, cutting, stitching, curling, stuffing, nipping and tucking – culminating in really cute dolls dressed in colorful shirts and pants, angels all heavenly in toile, wings and halo, and spongey hearts ready to comfort little and old ones alike.
The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday, 3-5 p.m., at the Plantation Club’s Members Lounge. Over the years, we’ve averaged between 35-40 members annually. Our lively group of ladies has lots of fun making different parts and pieces that assemble into dolls, angels and hearts to be provided to Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Bolivia for Brunswick County residents in need of hospice’s professional assistance.
These hand-made items are used for different purposes but all are geared to assisting Hospice counselors teach family members to overcome their sadness and deal with their situation – or to touch a child with something to love. Whether a heart is used to let a small boy deal with a moment of grief in front of his friends and avoid being teased – because that boy was taught by Hospice grief counselors to remember happy moments, and squeezing the inconspicuous heart (hidden unseen in his pocket) brings that good memory to his attention. Or an angel gives a widow a gentle way to remember her beloved husband, or for her grandchild to hang her angel on their Christmas tree each year and remember something special about her grandfather. We also made over 50 larger angels that were distributed by local ORCA-supported charities to homeless families with children during the holidays last year.
Hospice Dolls is a long standing member of Ocean Ridge’s group activities, and our volunteers and neighbors routinely donate thread, colorful fabric for doll clothes and hearts, or ribbon and stuffing, all of which are welcome and appreciated. Our volunteers come and go during the meetings as their time allows, take “work” home and bring it back to the next meeting. Visitors are always welcome to drop in and see what we are all about. Our three Hospice Dolls coordinators (Peggy Burris, Mary Perno, and Nancy Roman) are on hand to help volunteers and tell stories about what hospice does for families and especially about how our hand-made gifts can give comfort.
Recently, a group of veterans were at the hospice facility to meet other vets as ORCA was delivering veteran angels for patients’ families. It was touching to see those vets bent over looking at the angels -- plus a doll or two in khaki. They thanked us and said they knew their comrades’ families would be pleased to receive such a gift.
The Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s Board Members Thank All Our Volunteers For Giving Us Your Time and Talents To Help Others – To Make A Difference In Lives of People You Will Most Likely Never Meet! BRAVO !!! We Could Not Have Done It Without You !!!