Sunday, December 13, 2009

Comfort Doll Project closing

Dear friends and Comfort Doll Project supporters, I am saddened to announce that after over 2 years I am forced to close the Comfort Doll Project. As we all know, life can become very hectic and time is very valuable. I have found myself being devoured by life's happening and must conclude this venture. Although I have enjoyed spending time on this project and getting your beautiful handmade dolls to various shelters, it has become quite difficult with life changes and arising family issues, and I must put my family first as I would expect from anyone.

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for your time, talent,sponsorship,beautiful creations, but mainly for your generous giving hearts. You made a difference and warmed many hearts of women out there whom we shall never meet as well as mine. Seeing the dolls arrive has been such a heartwarming experience that I will always remember. Each note written was much appreciated too.

When possible I will continue to make and send dolls to shelters and I hope you do the same. We can all be proud and happy to know that close to 900 women have received dolls from us. Almost 1000 in just over two years. That is amazing, and without you, it would not have been possible.

For those who have dolls made and ready to send, please locate your nearby shelter and ask if they would like them. If anyone wants to take over the project, email me at and I will be happy to send you the shelter contact sheet and copy of the comfort cards I pin to each doll as well as the list of states and shelters that have already received dolls.

Again, this is not something I am giving up easily, but I can feel content in knowing the smiles and lives we have touched. Thank you all and many blessings.

Happy Holidays!


mainely stitching said...

Dear Pat, you've been such an inspiration and touched so many lives. I hope that whatever path your life takes, it brings you the joy and comfort you've helped bring to so many others.

Terri's ThreadArt said...

Dearest Pat,
You did such an amazing job at keeping this going for so long.
I commend you for all your hard work and time spent on this amazing project!
I also think it is outstanding to be put family first ~ a good lesson for us all.
I will admit I havent thought about my own local shelter lately ~ and I now feel challenged to do so.
Lots of Love,

Createology said...

Dearest Pat: Thank you for allowing the rest of us to participate in this wonderful project you so generously gave your time and talents to for others not so fortunate. You can be extremely proud of all that you have done. I shall continue my giving as I know you and many others will do also. Bless you truly.

Jill said...

Oh Pat, the lives you have touched! I've only watched this project from afar...thinking...I'm going to make some...someday... but like you my family and life came first. I'm glad you are taking time for that. It's right. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done. I've never been in an abusive situation, but my heart has always been very sensitive to it and to these women. There will be a time, I hope soon...that I will make dolls and send on to a nearby shelter. You have inspired many! Thank you again.

Pat Winter said...

Thank you Ladies. It has been my pleasure working with you to brighten the lives of women in a tough time. All dolls have found homes and will reach their shelters in time for the Holiday.
Thank you all!!!!!

Salzanos said...

Yes, I totally understand! God blessed this venture for a time, and now it is time for you in other areas!! I pray with thanks for what you did, and for the new doors that will open. God bless you!!

Merry's Musings said...

Thank you so much for facilitating for so many women who just needed a touch of love. I do regret that I wasn't more active with this, I contributed once, but I enjoyed seeing the wonderful little dollies that everyone else made. It was a healing of sorts for me to make a doll for somebody else, so I thank you for that oportunity too! God Bless you and keep you in all that you do.

Inbal Weisman said...

Hi Pat!
Best wishes, thanks for the inspiration of goodness!

artsy ann said...

I feel privileged that I was able to be a small part of this project. thank you for all you have done for women.

artsy ann said...

thank you for all that you have done, i'm so glad to have been a small part of this project. may you find peace and happiness in this New Year.

Bevie said...

I have had a few on the back burner because of life getting in the way, but will finish them and find a shelter who will want them for their ladies. I was once abused so know that this venture was a blessing for many! See what you've done, you've not only touched many hurting ladies, but have brought this need to all of us who will continue to make them and send them out!!! You are a sweet spirit my dear!!!
Blessings for a wonderful New Year!!!

Anonymous said...

I know your project and wonderful website has inspired many of us toward compassion and kindness. That kind of good work goes on and on, long after a website closes. Good luck to you Pat and God Bless.

nollyposh said...

An ~Angel~ you have been Pat, Good Luck to you & ~Thankyou~ luv Vicki x