Started as a way to honor her mother’s memory and help Alzheimer’s Disease and progressive memory loss patients, Patten launched Love Nancy this year.
Her first pajama drive collected 200 pounds worth of pajamas, slippers, socks and robes, as well as about $260.
“I was still getting donations after I picked up boxes. I had five businesses call me after I picked up their boxes,” Patten said.
It was not until she went to pick up the donations that she realized how big the event had gotten.
“It’s very touching,” Patten said. “I’ve actually cried more than I thought [I would].”
When she started, Patten thought if she had 10 items at each pick-up location she would have been successful.
Each individual pajama bundle is tied with a purple ribbon and a “Love Nancy” tag before being delivered.
Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation center was her first delivery.
“I was very excited,” Patten said.
She plans to take pajamas to all of the facilities in Bradley County that serve Alzheimer’s or dementia patients.
Patten said she is not sure how many people will receive pajamas by the time she finishes with her deliveries.
“I didn’t have as many men’s pajama’s as I had hoped,” Patten said.
However, Patten was able to purchase some with some of the donation money.
Her partners and the facilities she has delivered to are already asking if she plans to do another drive this year. Patten is unsure about that, but said if she does it might be a more focused effort with deliveries to fewer collection points.
Patten had chosen the drive because her mom loved pajamas. She said many of those who helped her with the drive know or knew people affected by Alzheimer’s.
“I just appreciate all the support from the community and volunteers and businesses,” Patten said.
Love Nancy has applied for nonprofit status. Patten said if it is approved, she wants to begin writing grants to provide bigger care packages for patients. In the future, she hopes to secure funding for a weeklong camp for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and similar afflictions.
The camp would provide caregivers with a chance to take a break.
Her long-term goal would be to establish a camp for those with Alzheimer’s and progressive-memory loss disorders.
Patten said in the early stages of Alzheimer’s her mom had visited while Patten was working at such a camp, and enjoyed he experience.
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