Mani di Angeli

Mani di Angeli means Hands of Angels in Italian. Mani di Angeli started in 2010, about 30 ladies participate.These ladies sew at their home and then we meet about once a month and stuff the surgical dolls. We make surgical dolls with colorful hospital gowns tied at the neck for five different hospitals in our community. We also sew wheelchair backpacks bags for children in hospitals. Our heart goes out to sick children in the hospitals, and to all parents going through such a difficult time. These surgical dolls are used by the hospital staff to show the child what procedure will be done to them. It’s a way to ease their fears and also helps the grownups understand better. The surgical dolls later are given to the child to take home. Same with the bags, they are given to each child in therapy who are on wheelchairs and they get to bring them home when leave the hospital. We say a little prayer with each item made for the children going through a difficult time. It is a labor of love as we know we are making a difference and helping the hospital staff and also bringing smiles to children and hopefully lifting their spirits. Lubiana Cernobori

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    Our Italian American Women’s Guild was featured on ABC Channel 7 news with Vic Lee on December 26, 2017 at the 6:00 p.m. local news describing what Mani di Angeli Surgical Dolls do for the children undergoing surgical procedures in hospitals. We are very proud of our group and since we started in 2010 we have made and delivered over 2,000 surgical dolls with gowns to five different hospitals in Bay Area. We also make breast cancer heart pillows, wheelchair backpacks for wheelchair bound children in hospitals, fleece blankets, little caps and booties or preemies in NICU hospitals. We also have a knitting group who knit oncology cancer caps, blankets and shawls for senior in nursing homes, and many items for preemies in NICU. We also deliver toys for the wheelchair backpacks at Christmas to the children in wheelchairs.

  2. We use a lot of stuffing in making these surgical dolls and would like to receive some help in getting more boxes of stuffing. If you would like to donate a 10 or 20 lb. of poly-fill stuffing to our project, we would be so grateful as we don’t have so much funds to do this worthy endeavor. Thank you.

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