With the help of sewing volunteers; elders can now keep busy with independent pursuits... because they can carry the tools they need in their walker & wheelchair "Busy Bags"
As facility clients forego carrying wallets, keys, briefcases, and purses, they often also lose a tendency that people have; to bring along items of interest to use during their daily free time. In facilities, many elders use walkers and wheelchairs to assist with "transportation" but the unique bags that could store their useful belongings, hands-free, are not nearly as easy to find:
Volunteers who enjoy sewing, and gift givers who enjoy collecting recreational items, are working together this year to spread Helpertunity's "Busy Bag" advocacy message:
No elderly client should be left sitting in the nursing-home hallway... without access to something to do to help them pass the time! That is why church groups and sewing guilds across Florida have been gathering to cut and sew Busy Bags by the dozens since 2017!
.... and that includes sewing and embellishing Busy Bags for Alzheimer's Patients, who can enjoy the sensory-stimulation of customized "Fidget Bags / Fidget Aprons / and Fidget Pillow Covers" too!
Busy Bags are also a wonderful bed-rail caddie, and are a great make-one/share-one sewing project for scouts troops, crafty campers, and quilt-retreat attendees.
Cash contributions and donations of the following resources are needed to support this project through Helpertunity:
Sewing Volunteers & Sewing Machines
Scrap Material / Thread / Buttons
Zippers / Velcro / Ribbon / Lace
And Busy-Bag Filling:
New Puzzle Books & Click-Pens
Grown-Up Coloring Books & Markers
Silk Flowers & Stringing Beads / Pearls
Handheld Puzzles & Fidget Games
Print the flyer and sewing instructions posted below and get a "Busy Bag & Ditty Kit Packers" volunteer group started in your area: