Please fill out our online in-kind form and email it to Michelle Caibio for your donation or fill it out, print it and have it available with your donation. Thank you!

WHAT Do We Need?

A selection of items to be attached securely to “Fidget Blankets”, especially any item with a variety of textures for sensory/tactile appeal:

  • Things with zippers or velcro closures, like pencil bags, fabric cases, etc.
  • Clothes that are too worn out to be donated (with buttons, pockets, zippers)
  • Little toys that wind up
  • Stress balls for squeezing
  • Brightly colored plastic springs (like a Slinky)
  • Mini stuffed animals
  • A row of buttons sewn firmly onto a ribbon
  • A piece of soft fleece or faux fur
  • Old keys on a keyring
  • Sewing paraphernalia, such as: bobbles, braid, rick rack, lace, buttons, large beads, pockets, belt rings, pompoms, ribbons, etc.
  • Sponges (new or gently used + sanitized)
  • Mismatched socks, gloves / mittens
  • Sweat bands / armbands
  • Tinsel, other sparkly or glittery items
  • Hair ties, hair ribbons
  • Marbles / buttons (to be placed in a pouch or bag and sewn on)
  • Old keychains, Tamogachis, Polly-pockets, etc.
  • Long, sturdy necklaces or costume jewelry (not easily breakable)
  • Potholders, crocheted doilies, braided rope, other items to be approved by program manager
  • NOTHING: fragile enough to break off or remove and be swallowed.
  • Items should be washed in unscented detergent if used

WHERE To Drop Off Donations?

Please call or e-mail Michelle Caibio at 407-988-3813 / in order to schedule a pick-up or drop-off. The items being donated must be approved, so they cannot be dropped off without Michelle being present! Thanks very much in advance for your generosity.

WHY Do We Need IT?

We are getting ready to do a project to create Fidget Blankets!

WHO Are These Blankets Going To?

These blankets are going to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients at Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care.

HOW Does It Help?

Marcia Engquist, a woman who designs Alzheimer’s Activity Aids, designed these fidget blankets, or activity mats, after watching residents at a care center restlessly fidget. They help soothe the agitated fidgeting of people with Alzheimer’s/dementia or autism. Plus, the mats help focus their attention, stimulate their senses, exercise hand muscles, as well as being entertaining to users and creators alike!

WHEN Do We Need Them By?

We will be collecting items through the month of November!