Archive for September, 2009

September 25, 2009

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

I am delighted to give you an update on our achievements. We are four months into our new year and can happily report continued growth in our mission and our group. We have added the following hospitals to our growing list: Michael Debakey V. A., Katy Memorial Hermann, Spring Branch Medical Center, Shriners and Texas Childrens hospitals. We donate almost 1,000 handcrafted fabricworks each month. We meet six times a month, and many of our Members sew, cut, quilt, knit and crochet at home. We feel great about what we do, and we hear regularly from patients and hospitals that our efforts are both appreciated and helpful.

Check out this report from Jennifer Barnes at the Harris County Hospital System.

Once we receive your donation we divide up the items according to the areas/units listed below for both Ben Taub and LBJ. Those items that are set aside for LBJ are delivered within two days by our District Transportation team who deliver to Rich Arenschieldt, my coordinator at LBJ. He then delivers to the units as listed below. The Nurse Managers take receipt of the items and distribute to the patients either before or after their procedures as is appropriate. The patients just light up when they receive these gifts and it makes their day! It makes our day too! Thank you for you gift of love.

Pediatric Emergency – receives heart pillows and knitted bears
Infusion Center – receives heart pillows
Cardiac Nursing Unit – receives heart pillows
Child Life – receives therapy dolls, knitted bears, sweater sets, and hats
Nursery – both Newborn and Level II – receives frogs, bears, bunnies, sweater sets, and hats
Breastfeeding clinic – receives heart pillows, bears

October Meeting Dates

  • Every Monday [ map ]
    Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26 2-4 PM
    Starbucks Town and Country
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 [ map ]
    9:30-noon at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Room 126
  • Wednesday, Oct.28 [ map ]
    9:30-noon at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church

    Come when you can. You are the best part of my week.


  • September 9, 2009

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

    Many thanks to Lenore, Marilyn and Charles for enabling us to meet on August 31. We have lots of fabricworks ready to donate in the upcoming week. Our recent donations have gone to M.D. Anderson, Shriners, Children’s Memorial Hermann, Ben Taub, Texas Children’s, Methodist and Memorial Hermann Hospitals. Good work team!

    September will be a busy month. Here are our upcoming meetings:

    • Every Monday
      2:00 – 4:00 PM at Starbucks at Memorial City, 12850 Memorial Dr #440 [ map ]
      September 14, 21, and 28
      Bring friends and family to help stuff pillows!
    • September 15

      9:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Room D220 [ map ]

    • September 23 [ map ]

      9:30 AM – 12:00 PM at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church

    I look forward to seeing all of you. Even though I was enjoying a most excellent visit with a grandchild between bites of fab chocolate, I still missed you and our shared mission to help out in Houston hospitals.


    The Methodist Hospital Testimonial

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

    When you have a vision of what is the right thing to do, and someone else sees it, that makes you appreciate them all the more. Donna Field, you’re the greatest!

    June 3, 2009

    Dr. Charles Simmons
    Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
    12955 Memorial Drive
    Houston, Texas 77079

    Dear Dr. Simmons:

    On behalf of The Methodist Hospital I would like to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and generosity of The Common Thread Circle at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. We are so touched by the hundreds of beautiful hand-made heart pillows. Not only do our patients appreciate them, but the hospital appreciates the time and effort involved in making these items available for us.

    We wish you could be here to hear the thanks from our patients and greatly appreciate the thoughtfulness that started this group’s project.


    Donna Field
    Program Development Specialist
    Volunteer Services
    The Methodist Hospital

    methodist_hospital_letterWe have a vision here at The Common Thread Circle: each patient facing a hospital stay gets a custom fabric work so they have something to hold, to comfort them and keep them warm, that will help them face what’s ahead with bravery, dignity and hope.

    We thank all who share this vision.