From the Heart
What we do and why we do it
A bit about us:
From the Heart is a community-based volunteer organization that shares hope, joy and comfort by creating and
distributing hand-stitched items that improve the physical and emotional well-being of individuals who are sick or
in need. Our organization was conceived in the Spring of 2001 when a small group of women began meeting on a
regular basis at Starbucks Coffee Shop to knit together, share patterns and then donate their hand-stitched items
tithe community. As a result of the positive response from our volunteers and the continued need in our community,
From the Heart was incorporated as a 501©3 non-profit organization in July of 2005.
We currently have more than 1,000 members, primarily from the State of Virginia with a smaller number from
surrounding states. In addition to helping the sick, our volunteers -who are often elderly and alone themselves –
gain a tremendous amount of satisfaction from this creative work.
Our dedicated volunteers contribute their time, hearts and- skills by knitting, crocheting and sewing blankets, hats,
scarves, socks, mittens and quilts. Their efforts provide warm and gentle head coverings for cancer patients who
have lost their hair; blankets to warm chemotherapy patients during their chilling treatments; hand-made outfits for
premature babies in neonatal and intensive care units; burial outfits to ease the pain of parents whose baby never
came home with their families; and sleeping bags, mittens and hats for the homeless to provide warmth on cold
Since our groups humble beginning in 2001, we have contributed over 250,000 hand-made items to organizations
including, but not limited to;
Chemo hats, blankets, underarm pillows, shawls, and drain-tube bags to 3 locations of VCU/MCV’s
Massey Cancer center, Virginia Cancer Center, St Francis Hospital, Chippenham Hospital, McGuire’s
Veteran Center, Southside Regional Cancer Treatment Center, John Randolph Hospital (Hopewell), Virginia
Breast Cancer Foundation, Hematology-Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg and The Kidney
Foundation, Children’s Hospital in Richmond, Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, and Crossover Ministries.
Twin size blankets to VCU/MCV Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, blankets, hats and bears with hand-stitched
outfits to VCU/MCV’s Burn Unit children.
Baby blankets, hats, sweaters and bootees to NICU and regular newborn nurseries at VCU/MCV, Johnston
Willis, St Francis hospitals, The Pregnancy Resource Center, Tri-City Crisis Pregnancy Center, Birthright,
Public Health Departments of Chesterfield, King George and Caroline Counties, and Capital Area Health
Network (CAHN) in Richmond. We supply burial gowns and pouches for some of these locations as well.
We stitch comfort breathing blankets for the critically ill at VCU/MCV. We supply small flannel hearts for
use in comforting infants at the NICU in Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
Wheel chair blankets, shawls, lap robes, hats, socks, slippers, catheter bagcovers, wheelchair/walker
totes, bibs and even teddy bears to Hospice and Palliative Care for BonSecours, HospiceofVirginia (inhome
and hospital programs), Hospice atVCU/MCV, Compassionate Care Hospice in Chesapeake,
Teddy bears wearing hand-stitched outfits and soft hand-created toys go to pediatric emergency rooms,
children’s clinics and oncology areas at VCU/MCV, to police, rescue and drug enforcement units, Child
Savers, and the Mary Washington Sleep and Wake Disorder Center.
Warm hats, blankets, scarves, mittens and sleeping bags are sent to Friends of the Homeless, Mercy House
(abused and ‘re-uniting’ women), YWCA Women and Children’s Shelter, our local public school systems
(Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Cumberland, Powhatan, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and
Richmond City and Fredericksburg City Public School systems), and Sussex Social Services.
Warm woolen hats, sweaters, socks, toys and blankets are sent to the Christmas Mothers in most of the
surrounding counties (including Chesterfield, Cumberland, Caroline, Sussex, Dinwiddie, and also
Richmond City) and distributed through Meals on Wheel, the Hopewell Food Pantry, Sussex County
Social Services, homeless shelters in Richmond and Fredericksburg, the Rappahannock Area Aging on
Aging, and the Dinwiddie Christmas Store.
The needs of our animal friends are provided for through the Richmond Animal Care and Control and St.
Francis Animal Hospital.
We also make and distribute items as we are called upon for any need or emergency wherein our talents
can be of comfort (for example following national tragedies, earthquakes, etc.).
How you can help:
Volunteer and become a member! There are no membership requirements other than a caring heart! For
information on meeting dates and locations visit our website at http://www.fromtheheartstitchers.org
Donate materials! Since From the Heart is strictly non-profit, we have no income to buy materials and
must rely on the generosity of others for yarn, crochet hooks and knitting needles.
Come to our location at 1114 Westbriar Drive, Richmond, VA 23238. Spend a couple of hours helping
prepare finished items for delivery and pick up supplies for your next project. We are open from 10am until
2pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Please note that From the Heart does not sell
either yarn or finished items. We meet at this location to knit, crochet, prepare our items for delivery, etc.
We would love for you to come and take a tour of our facility.
Monetary donations: As we do often get asked, monetary donations are accepted to help off-set our
operating expenses andyarn purchases. Since we are a 501©3 organization under the Internal Revenue
Service, your donations are tax deductible.
Thanks to those of you who already support From the Heart whether it’s by volunteering or donating materials. If
you’d like to get involved or learn more about From the Heart, please contact Lois Moore at 804-305-4971 or
[email protected] or visit our website at http://www.fromtheheartstitchers.org
Other organizations supply blankets and hats.
From the Heart also provides happiness and a sense of purpose to the fiber artists who knit and stitch!