The Parkinson’s Comfort Project began when author Sonja Hakala’s mother, Marcia, asked for a small quilt because the bed-sized quilts Sonja had made previously were now too heavy.
Later that same year, Sonja met and was encouraged to expand on the idea of giving handmade quilts to people with Parkinson’s disease by Diane Sherman, the director of the Parkinson’s Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In April 2011, Sonja spoke at a Parkinson’s conference sponsored by the medical center and gave away the first three quilts of the project.
Since then, we have received and distributed nearly 400 handmade quilts.
This is how we distribute the quilts we receive:
- We attend Parkinson’s Conferences in New England (where we’re located) and distribute quilts directly to people with Parkinson’s disease.
- We make personal appearances at Parkinson’s support groups in New England to talk about the Parkinson’s Comfort Project and distribute quilts.
- We fulfill quilt requests that we receive from support groups, medical practitioners and religious organizations on behalf of people with Parkinson’s disease.
- We are partnered with the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC.net) to accept quilt requests from their member physicians.
- We fulfill requests received through this website.
If you would like to make and donate a quilt, here’s more information for you.
If you would like to request a quilt, here’s how you can do that.
Here’s how you can contact us:
Parkinson’s Comfort Project
441 Pomfret Road
West Hartford, VT 05084