A Special Note of Gratitude- 2013 was an Amazing year because of you!

P1000567The Wrapped in Love Board would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has so generously supported our mission to comfort cancer patients. We are pleased to share that we have distributed over 4,000 handmade blankets in the Pittsburgh and Austin areas.

2013 was a very exciting year…..We would like to thank our extraordinary Blanket Brigade Volunteers for their generous hearts and ongoing labor of love. The Academy of Angels for their love and ongoing support. The Hillman Cancer Center for hosting a blanket- making drive and a blanket- making day at Hillman. Special thanks to Danielle Scott and Amber Sowers. It was an inspirational day! The Carlynton Junior National Honor Society and Ms. Edy. For choosing WIL as their service project again this year. It was fun day! The Women’s Lutheran Missionary Group for choosing WIL as their service project. Clearview Credit Union for hosting a workshop, “Getting All Wrapped Up.” Dell Children’s Medical Center for hosting a children’s blanket – making day. The Quilting Friends, Robin Gerkin and Marsha Tharp for your continued support, we are thankful. The Three River Quilters for choosing WIL again this year as one of their service projects, we are very grateful. The SUWA ladies for making blankets and supporting us again this year. To the Crafton Library and Linda Sheariss for all the tireless baking and delicious goodies, all the bakers for our First WIL Bake Sale which was a Big success. Carol Hetrick and Lou Tucci for their ongoing labor of love. Linda Sheariss for setting a goal of making one blanket a day and far exceeding that goal by making 400! Linda, we are so very grateful! To all of the individuals so generously contributed and the all of the Corporate sponsors. Clean Slate, Inc. Brian Kirk and Courtney Harding we truly appreciate your ongoing support. Thank you, Gallery by Jeana Marino for your support of our mission. Beechwood Ave Entertainment Catering for your support and delicious food again at our holiday party. All of the wonderful hospital staff and nurses who help to distribute the blankets thank you all for helping us to spread love! Special thanks to Pat Radford and Linda Sheariss, my angel elves for all their help throughout the year! Shout out thanks to Lisa Beck, Rachel Brownlow, Ashley Pitts, Cristina Donoso and Michelle Organ. You ladies Rock!

This year ends with the excitement of the publishing of my book “How to Float When You’re About to Sink.” A love story of unconditional love, unruffled faith and cancer. It is the story of my husband Jim’s cancer journey and Wrapped in Love. I hope that you enjoy the book and if you would like to share a comment or purchase a copy you can go online at www.darvinaemmerich.comwww.barnesandnoble.comwww.amazon.com and www.balboapress.com A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wrapped in Love. Special thanks to Cindie Nicola my editor and dear friend. I am so very grateful for all your help and support.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

We look forward to continued growth and wrapping up more patients in love in 2014!

May you have a blessed holiday season and a very healthy and Happy New Year!

The Wrapped in Love Board

Dell Children’s Medical Center Camp- Volunteer Day- Giving back!

AWrapped in Love is honored to be part of the first Dell Children’s Staff Camp Day by donating blanket kits and tote bags for the children to make blankets and distribute to patients. Each of the 75 children who attended had a part in making the 20 blankets made that day.

The camp was designed to give the children a taste of being a volunteer and the types of activities their volunteers participate in while there and how they can make their patients stay a little less stressful. The children enjoyed the event and liked – knowing that they will be comforting patients.

Thank you for being an inspiration and giving back – and helping to spread love in Austin!

Quenched! by the Water

photo (3)Quenched! by the Water Is the name of the convention that was held in Pittsburgh, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the weekend of June 27th by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

“Wrapped in Love,” is so very grateful and honored to be one of the chosen organizations in Pittsburgh to receive all of the beautiful blankets and handmade quilts that were made and donated with love by your wonderful members.

It is an inspiration to witness what your organization is doing to support and make a difference for those facing challenges. Your generosity and beautiful hearts are inspiring to all. Thank you for supporting our mission to comfort cancer patients and helping us to spread love! God bless.

“Get All Wrapped Up” Workshop at Clearview Federal Credit Union… Love this article!

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A BIG shout out “Thank you!” to everyone at the Clearview Federal Credit Union who made and donated all the beautiful no-sew fleece blankets to bring comfort, peace and joy to cancer patients undergoing treatment in local hospitals. Many patients will be comforted and feel loved.

Thank you for your awesome teamwork and labor of love to support Wrapped in Love’s mission. We truly appreciate your generous hearts and taking the time to (capture beautiful photos of the event and thoughts of your experience) to share with others. You ladies “ROCK” and are an inspiration to all!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

With Gratitude,
Darvina Emmerich

Spreading Love in Austin!

Our Wrapped in Love Austin Chapter is pleased to share that we are now spreading love and comfort to patients at the Dell Children’s Medical Center as well as the Texas Oncology Center with the generous donations from our “Clean Slate” sponsors.

A very special thank you to the Clean Slate Board – Courtney Harding, Brian Kirk and Robin Emmerich for your generous hearts and helping us to spread love in Austin! We truly appreciate your support of our mission.

Please check out Clean Slate on Facebook for more information on their upcoming event on July 23, 2013, 6-9pm at Abel’s on the Lake. Don’t miss it… It’s going to be a great night of fun!

With love and gratitude,

Darvina Emmerich
and the Wrapped in Love Board

Our 1st Bake Sale: Celebrating Life and enjoying dessert too!

Wrapped in Love and all of our wonderful volunteers have been busy baking and spreading love, too…Lots of wonderful things are happening.

The weekend of June 21st … we had our “1st Bake Sale” at the Crafton Library and we are pleased to announce that it was a BIG success!

We would like to extend a very special thank you to the Crafton Library and the Crafton Board Members, ALL of the wonderful bakers and everyone who donated and attended. You all are wonderful. All proceeds will be used to purchase blankets and tote bag; many patients will be comforted and feel loved.

It was truly an inspiring weekend of people coming together to support our mission to comfort cancer patients, meeting new people, sharing stories of others who had experienced cancer, as well as taking a minute to enjoy a cup of coffee and purchasing delicious homemade goodies. We called it; “The best little bakery in town this weekend.” But, it was much more than just a bake sale it was taking a minute to celebrate life and enjoying dessert, too!

I would like to thank my (bake sale team partner) Linda Sheariss, for endless hours of baking all of the delicious homemade goodies and precious time to help make this event a BIG success! It was fun working on this project together.

Thank you to Erin Sheariss for helping with setting up and being head cashier and Pat Radford for helping with the bake sale, great conversation and promotion!

It was a pleasure to meet everyone and we look forward to doing it again next year. Thank you all for helping us to spread love!
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller

With love and gratitude,
Darvina Emmerich
and the Wrapped in Love Board

April/May: The Latest Wrapped in Love News!

The good news is spreading, we continue to grow and comfort more patients each day with your help and support. We would like to thank all of our dedicated Blanket Brigade volunteers for their ongoing labor of love! A very special thank you to the Hillman Cancer Center and Staff, Danielle Scott and Amber Sowers for hosting a “Blanket Drive” and an Awesome “Blanket Making Day Event on April 5th ” at Hillman. It was a great success and they are planning to do it again, next year. We are honored to partner with them and comfort even more patients.

A Big shout out thank you to the “Clean Slate” hosts; Courtney Harding, Brian Kirk and Robin Emmerich, and everyone who attended the networking event on April 23rd in Austin. A portion of the proceeds are donated to support Wrapped in Love’s mission. You can learn more about Clean Slate and the wonderful upcoming events on Facebook.

We would like to express our sincere sympathy to Diane McKeever’s family and friends. In memory of Diane McKeever, who passed on March 18, 2013 we were honored to learn from her friend Ruth Poe, that while Diane was undergoing cancer treatment she had purchased fleece material and had made several no sew fleece tied blankets to donate to support our mission. After Diane’s passing Ruth found a Wrapped in Love tote bag and gathered that Diane was a recipient of a blanket and now she was passing it on to help comfort others. Thank you so much for contacting us and donating the blankets and fabric, they will comfort many patients, we are very grateful.

It was a pleasure to meet everyone at the “American Cancer Society 25th Cancer Survivor Event.” We were thrilled to learn that many people who attended the event had received a Wrapped in Love blanket and loved it and would like to make blankets and pass it on! Thank you for sharing your courageous stories, it was a very inspirational day!
While visiting my daughters, in Austin recently, Robin and I delivered blankets and tote bags to the “Texas Oncology Center” where my husband received his first chemotherapy treatment. It brought back a lot of memories of the many days and long hours we spent there.

My husband often said; “What about now? What can help me now, I’m freezing. Cancer research is great, but what about the present moment!”

Knowing that we can help to bring warmth and comfort others with a simple gift of a blanket, made with love and given with love makes my heart smile. :) I know Jim, must be smiling too, knowing that his words did make a difference and others will not be cold! Thank you ALL for helping us to spread LOVE!!!!

Mark your calendars……. “Bake Sale” on June 21st & 22nd at the Crafton Library, 140 Bradford Ave. 9:00 a.m. to 4: p.m. proceeds to be benefit, Wrapped in Love’s mission. Please come and help support us, chat and purchase delicious homemade desserts, coffee and goodies. We will also raffle a beautiful handmade quilt by: Kathie Hudak of “Quilt your Quilt” www.quiltyourquilt.com Look forward to seeing you all!

A Special Note of Thanks…

To everyone who has supported our mission to comfort cancer patients undergoing treatment. All of our dedicated and generous Blanket Brigade Volunteers, Quilters and Crocheting Angels for their ongoing labor of love throughout the year making & donating all the beautiful blankets, quilts and afghans. You ALL are AMAZING! A Big shout out thank you to ALL the individual donors and businesses that have so generously donated to Wrapped in Love. We are so very grateful for your support!

2012 has been an extraordinary year and we are pleased to announce since Wrapped in Love was created in 2011…we have distributed over 2,500 blankets to warm and comfort patients with your generosity and help!!! We are currently, distributing blankets to Hillman Cancer Center, St. Clair Hospital, UPMC Upper St. Clair Outpatient Center, WPAH Peters Township Outpatient Center, Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Forbes Hospital, American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Magee Women’s Hospital, as well as Texas Oncology Center in Austin, Texas. Our First Chapter of Wrapped in Love in Austin opened in September 2011 by my daughter, Robin Emmerich.

The response from both patient and staff are overwhelmingly positive and loving! They can’t believe strangers make and donate them and are “FREE.” One patient said, “It’s the best gift she has ever received! Another gentleman wrote, “You are the beauty of the earth today, no matter what bad happens it helps knowing you are there.” Every note we receive is so very touching and heartfelt.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller

We are very excited and looking forward to continued growth and comforting even more patients in 2013. We truly appreciate you and your generous hearts…Thank you for helping us to spread love!

May you have a blessed Holiday Season and joyous New Year!!!

With Love and Gratitude,
Darvina Emmerich
and the Wrapped in Love Foundation Board

Get Involved Wrapped in Love provides blankets, providing support and love for those suffering from cancer. We welcome all types of NEW handmade blankets to donate to patients in area hospitals. Recommended size (50x60) Hand-made quilts, Crocheted/knitted, No-Sew Polar fleece-tied blankets and HAND-MADE blankets.
Our Mission Inspired by the memory of James Emmerich, the mission of Wrapped in Love is to ease suffering among cancer patients and others with serious illnesses around the world by distributing blankets that bring comfort, peace and joy and remind all of us that we are children at heart.