Author: Jennifer Fox, Volunteer Coordinator
Four Seasons sewing volunteers provide many different services to patients and clients. They make comfort items such as neck pillows, butterfly pillows, busy aprons for dementia patients, and relief packs containing rice that can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer for pain relief. These items are distributed by our clinical team to patients across western North Carolina. These volunteers typically work individually from their homes to create these comfort items, but we do have some sewing groups that work together to make these items. We also host a few sewing workdays throughout the year.
Another service that our sewing volunteers provide is making memory items for families of patients. We offer this to all of our families following the death of a patient. The family can send in clothing or items that were special to them or the patient and our sewers will create memory bears or pillows out of the materials. This creates a special keepsake for the family that they can treasure for generations.
Becoming a sewing volunteer with Four Seasons is easy. Our sewers are considered Community Volunteers and do not require additional training. You can simply contact us to get your name or group’s name on our sewing list and we will contact you when there is a need. We have patterns for most of the comfort items and for the memory bears that we can provide, as well as some supplies such as buttons for eyes/noses, and polyfill. We value the time and talents of our sewing volunteers. If you sew and would like to join us in co-creating the care experience for hospice patients and families in Western North Carolina, please contact us today at 828.692.6178.