“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank
This year, the summer reading program here at the Leon Valley Library, titled Build A Better World, is all about doing just that: improving the world through all sorts of different and simple ways. Whether it be by writing letters to those serving our country overseas, getting rid of some of your stress by joining us for karaoke night, or by building your ideal Lego city…the Library is doing it all this summer. However, the thing I’m looking forward to the most this summer is one of our new passive programs that we’ll be participating in. This year, we are collaborating with Compassus Hospice Center to take part in a volunteer program that they like to call “Knot-It-Forward”.
Knot-It-Forward is a program that allows volunteers to help terminally ill hospice patients by making no-sew fleece tie blankets. Terminally ill patients often are effected by the cold much faster than people like you and me, so they are always in need of them. These blankets not only help the patients, but they also can become keepsakes for their families after they pass.
The reason this is such an incredible and unique way to help others is because it is such an easy and hands on activity to participate in. Throughout the summer, we will be asking for donations of fleece (one and a half yards of two different colors or patterns of fleece are needed for each blanket) that you can drop off at the library so we can make the blankets. We will be hosting a volunteer event where you can come and help us prep the fabric and tie a few blankets up, and throughout the rest of the summer, we will have blankets set out somewhere in the library for any eager hands who would like to spend a few moments tying some knots of love. Once our summer program comes to an end, some of our staff will go on a little field trip to hand deliver the blankets to the hospice center. If you’d like to make your own blankets at home and then drop them by the library, there will be a link to a site with the instructions below!
I hope that many of you will participate in this delightful volunteer opportunity. It is such a simple but profound way to make the world a little bit better. If we all come together to help others, just imagine what we are capable of!
See you this summer!