COVID 19 Destroys the hope of many in Nursing Homes

Written By: Li Cross - Nov• 25•20

What’s worse than being locked in a Nursing Home? Not being able to see your family for months. Many are dying, alone in these places. The Fidget Chicks make Sensory Mats to help keep your loved one’s mind and hands busy while being locked up for a crime they never committed. Nursing Homes across the United States have reached out to us for these wonderful Fidget Mats. We Donate them. We have shipped/delivered over 5,000 of them since we started making them here in Granbury Texas. Our mission is to encourage others to make them in your communities to serve those in Nursing Homes.

Many ask how they can help us if they don’t sew. We have plenty of supplies, but shipping is very expensive. We accept donations to help with shipping costs. There is a Donate button on this page. We also accept checks made payable to: Fidget Chicks 9703 Bocage Ct. Granbury, TX. 76049

See what we are all about in the Texas Country Reporter video in this EMagazine.

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Email us at: [email protected] I am the Founder and I will respond to every email. 

Thank you and God Bless You.

Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fidget Chicks Donate over 4,000 Sensory Mats for Dementia Patients

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 22•20

The Fidget Chicks of Granbury Texas are a small group of ladies who make Sensory Mats for Dementia patients. They started sewing these wonderful Fidget Mats 3 years ago and have donated more than 4,000 across Texas and the USA. The Texas Country Reporter TV show features them in a powerful video that bring tears to the eyes of those who know the effects of dementia on a loved one.

“Our Mission is to have women’s groups across the USA making these Fidget Mats for their community Nursing Homes. There are groups popping up all over! We don’t charge for our Fidget Mats. We donate them. We package them in 10 packs to ship to the Nursing Homes. We also send single fidget mats to families who request them. Postage and shipping is our biggest expense.  Most of the supplies are purchased by the Fidget Chicks or donated by the community who want to help any way they can.” Li Cross- Founder

If you want to help, contact Li Cross for a FREE Starter Kit to start your own group. Email: [email protected]

If you don’t sew and want to help, they do accept donations here on this Fidget Chick site or by check to:

Fidget Chicks  9703 Bocage Ct., Granbury, TX 76049.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s a Fidget Chick?

Written By: Li Cross - Mar• 22•20

What’s a Fidget Chick? I have a Pink Tee Shirt that say’s “FIDGET CHICK”. Every time I wear it in public, I get asked about it. There are 10 “Fidget Chicks” in the Pecan Plantation neighborhood, and 5 or 6  of us meet each week to gather supplies, share ideas and make Fidget Mats for Dementia Patients. We’ve made over 2,000 of these wonderful Fidget Mats and deliver them to Nursing Homes across North Texas. We have sent them as far as Washington and Michigan too. We ask that the receiving Nursing Home just pay the postage. They are FREE to the patients and help with memory care, manual dexterity and often bring a smile to the recipient.

A “Fidget Mat” is made by simply taking a solid color place mat and attaching zippers, gadgets and do-dads that can easily be sewn on. We don’t recommend using glue, it often lets go and small objects could be a hazard. There are photos throughout this website that show many of the items we put on a mat. My hopes are that churches across the USA will share this idea with the men and women who sew, and want to fill a need. They would make Fidget Mats in their towns and deliver them to local Nursing Homes. I am the Founder of the “Fidget Chicks”. It would be interesting to see what other names are popping up for these groups. Ft Worth area has a group named “Fidget Friends.” They saw me with my Fidget Mats at a local Christian Women’s Connection and formed their own group. I am so proud of them!  Making these mats, we use every possible item and waste nothing. If the zipper is too long, cut it to fit the area on the mat and use the scrapped pieces to anchor items like Lego blocks, hoops and toys. A zipper is stronger than a shoe lace or ribbon and makes a wonderful anchor. 

We have a facebook page: “Fidget Chicks” in Granbury Texas. Follow us and share your Fidget Mat experience there.

 

 

 

Fidget Chicks on Texas Country Reporter – RFD TV

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 21•20

The Fidget Chicks will be on Texas Country Reporter February 15th. Check your local listings here.

It will also air on the following Friday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 10:30am on RFD TV.
Watch Bob and Kelli Phillips interview the Fidget Chicks and what we do in our Fidget Mat Mission.
Photos is Li Cross, Bob and Kelli Phillips and Phyllis Johnson.

Barbara Storey

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 15•20

My dear friend Lisa Starkweather of Granbury lost her Mother this week. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to the family. 

Barbara Storeys service will be at Wiley Funeral Home on 377, Friday 01/17/2020 viewing at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. The family welcomes anyone who wishes to join them in a Celebration of Life. Thank you.

Li Cross – Founder of Fidget Chicks

Christmas Smiles at local Nursing Home

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 25•19

The Fidget Chicks delivered Fidget Mats, Baby Dolls and Stuffed Puppies to Harbor Lakes Nursing and Rehab. The smiles are priceless.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Li Cross – Founder

Fidget Chicks (Mission) Growing in the USA

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 17•19

I started the Fidget Chick mission 3 years ago. We make Sensory Mats for Dementia Patients. My Mission was to get our wonderful Fidget Mats in the hands of those in need across the country. Our small group can’t possibly make millions of Fidget Mats, so we invite Volunteers across the USA to join us from their home towns. 

The “Fidget Chicks” of Granbury, Texas have hand made over 3,500 Fidget Mats and “Donated” them to Nursing Homes and Individuals since January 2016. Our Facebook Page is shared across the USA and groups of ladies all over the country are popping up. We honor you in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington, Oregon and Nevada! We also have women in Burleson, Huntsville, Ft Worth and Arlington, Texas! Thank you for sharing the love! If you sew (even just a little) send us a message and we will send you a FREE starter pack. Let’s do this together and make a difference in the lives of those in need. God Bless each and every one of you Fidget Chicks.

Fidget Chicks to be on RFD TV – Texas Country Reporter in the Spring of 2020.

Li Cross – Founder

 

Over 3,000 Fidget Mats Donated

Written By: Li Cross - Aug• 03•19

The “Fidget Chicks” are a group in Granbury, Texas who get together each week and share gadgets, place mats and ideas for Sensory Mats for Dementia Patients. Some make one mat a week, and some make 8 or 10. Each week they show off their Fidget Mats and marvel at the beauty of each one. There are things to pull on, things to zip and also items to squeeze.  These wonderful Fidget Mats are then tested for quality control and packaged for delivery. We deliver packs of 10 Fidget Mats to many local Nursing Homes each month. The Fidget Chicks have donated over 3,000 Hand-Made Fidget Mats to Nursing Homes across North Texas. This week we took 2 packages of Fidget Mats to Colonial Gardens Memory Care in Ft. Worth. This is a beautiful Alzheimer’s Community with well trained and dedicated staff for the dementia care we all want for our loved ones. 

I am the Founder of the Fidget Chicks. We started making Fidget Mats after my father’s passing from Alzheimer’s. He would sit in his wheelchair and play with the zipper on my mom’s purse. Knowing that he was fidgeting and not conscious of what he was doing, I observed his behavior.

We put a zipper on most every Fidget Mat. “The smiles, and the joy these mats bring to a patient make it all worth while”.  We sew on items such as zippers, buttons, elastic, small dolls, and just about anything that can be attached to the mat. We put a cross on every mat to remind them of their faith.  There are now Groups of Fidget Mat makers popping up all over the place. A woman from Oregon was visiting Texas when she saw my demonstration. She went home and started her own Fidget Group. There are now 3 groups I am aware of in the Ft Worth area. My mission is to have Fidget Chick groups all over the Nation serving the Nursing Homes in their local towns. We have a facebook page if you would like to follow us. Fidget Chicks – Granbury Texas. 

NBC 5 Did a story about our Mission.

Click here for video:

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Granbury-Woman-Sews-Fidget-Mats-To-Help-Dementia-Patients–413017873.html

Fidget Chicks Biggest Week Ever

Written By: Li Cross - May• 24•19

The Fidget Chicks donated over 90 Fidget Mats this week. Our best week ever! Rosie and I went to a Fabulous Event last night in Ft Worth, Texas. The Courtyards at River Park had “Painting with a Twist” and “Free Massage” for guests. Those guests were from Harbor Hospice, Encompass Home Health, Compassionate Healthcare, Renaissance Park, Comfort Keepers and Senior Living Specialists. This week the Fidget Chicks donated more than 90 fidget mats and we established great connections for the future.

Follow us on Facebook and let us know about your experience with these wonderful Sensory Mats. The purpose of posting our Fidget Chick Mission is to create groups of people making these Sensory Mats all across the Nation and get Feedback. To date I am aware of the “Fidget Friends” of Ft Worth. A new group started in Iowa, Washington State, Upper New York, Michigan and Oregon. Please meet with your local churches and clubs. Share our Mission by simply sharing it on Facebook and help us help those in need. These Fidget Mats change lives. Be a part of something wonderful. Join us.

 

Love and Peace to you.

Li Cross 

Making Fidget Mats for Dementia Patients

Written By: Li Cross - Mar• 24•19

The Fidget Chicks make sensory mats for Dementia Patients. We call them Fidget Mats. First we purchase cloth place mats and supplies. Some of the supplies are donated by neighbors and the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next – We gather up these supplies and fill tote bags with goodies. We take these supplies home and sew the objects onto the mats. Then we sew a tag on the mat that reads: “Made with Love by a Fidget Chick”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Tuesday we meet and share our ideas. We laugh and marvel at the designs each Fidget Chick created. Then we do a Quality Control check on each mat, and bag them in packages of 10. We load them in our cars and deliver them to local Nursing Homes throughout North Texas. We also mail these Fidget Mats to individuals who want them. We ask that the recipient pay postage as it gets expensive to mail them. A 10 pack can cost $13 to $18 to mail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These photos are approved by the families and much appreciated also. The smile on their face when they see a Fidget Mat is priceless. Sometimes the patient will speak (even after being silent for months). Sensory Mats similar to these are sold elsewhere for upwards of $40 each. The Fidget Chicks donate ours. We know the family is already suffering. We cannot charge a fee for the love we put into them. We do accept cash donations to help purchase supplies. We also accept donations of cloth place mats, zippers, beanie babies, doll clothes and gadgets of all sorts. We don’t put keys on the mats because they make the patient want to go home. We never place sharp objects on them and give each mat a stress test before bagging them.

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our facebook page: (Fidget Chicks) for comments and updates. Read more about Fidget Mats in this eMagazine. It is my mission for women all across America to see this idea and share it. Let’s fill every Nursing Home with Fidget Mats for the patients who just sit in a wheelchair and stare into space. Let’s bring them a smile and a memory. Donations to help our Mission are much appreciated. 

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