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. 

Barbara Storey Memorial

 

 

 

CBD Oil is changing lives.

Written By: Li Cross - Jan• 19•19

I’ve been using Hempworx CBD Oil for a few weeks and I’m sleeping better, I have more energy and I’m pain free. It really does work. I like it so well, I became an Affiliate and now I get a discount on my purchases and also earn a nice commission when others buy Hempworx CBD Oil through me. Click on the website and learn more. Become an affiliate for just $20.

Sure, I was skeptical, but I did the homework. I have been familiar with Hemp Oil for years, as I used to own a Health Food Store and I read a lot about the benefits, but it wasn’t available in Texas at that time. I know it helps reverse cancer, arthritis and also helps with memory loss. I hope you will learn all you can about this wonderful Hemp Oil and consider buying it for your own use. I can’t live without mine. One bottle lasts me about 2 months. I put 6 to 8 drops under my tongue each night and again in the morning. That’s it. The directions will tell you to increase your dosage each week, up to 20 drops at a time. I find that 20 drops is too much for me and it keeps me awake at night. Every body is different and we need to start small and build up. I am so happy I tried Hempworx CBD Oil. Our bodies repair themselves in deep sleep. If you’re not getting the deep sleep you need, you’re probably not feeling that great either. I recommend Hempworx CBD Oil for restful sleep, reduced pain and anxiety and overall wellness.

To order CBD Oil and have it ship directly to your home – Go to: Hempworx.com/AuntLi

That’s my link for ordering. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubble Bread/Sticky Buns with Pecans

Written By: Li Cross - Dec• 04•18

Bubble Bread (Sticky Buns with Pecans)

Rhodes Frozen Yeast Rolls

1 Stick Butter

1 Butterscotch Pudding (Cooked kind)

1 TBS. Cinnamon

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans

Spray two round cake pans/baking dishes with cooking spray. Partially thaw frozen rolls (30 minutes or so) in the bag. Pour half of the chopped pecans in each baking dish. Spread around. Take kitchen scissors and cut the rolls into quarters and place in the baking dishes on top the pecans. Set aside. In medium sauce pan: Melt butter then add all dry ingredients to pan. (Pudding mix (dry), cinnamon and sugar.) Remove from heat while stirring and pour over the rolls in each dish. You can bake them today or first thing in the morning.

For same day rolls, place on a Heating Pad on low for 3 to 4 hours with Foil tented over it to keep the heat in. Then bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

For Next Morning Rolls: Simply cover the dish with foil and set in the fridge overnight. In the morning bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.

I love to prep these Christmas Eve, then just bake them Christmas Morning.

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Love – Fidget Mats for Dementia Patients

Written By: Li Cross - Jun• 21•18

The Fidget Mat Mission is growing and God is all over it. This week some of us Fidget Chicks were able to meet with the Christian Women’s Connection in Arlington Texas. As we arrived, I noticed a table full of “Fidget Mats.”  Looking closely, I realized that our group didn’t make these. They were hand made by a sister group called “Fidget Friends.” Linda Dunson was visiting Granbury and happened to see my Presentation on my Fidget Mat Mission. She went home and contacted ladies in her area and started a sister Fidget Mat Group. This is what God intended when we started this mission. I hope that pods of Fidget Mat Makers pop up all over the Country.

Do you want to change lives? Clean out your craft closet, your junk drawer, and make some of these wonderful mats. Contact men or women you know that have a sewing machine and form Fidget Groups in your town. We meet once a week to exchange ideas, gadgets and socialize. Then a couple times a month we go to Goodwill or other Thrift Stores, Garage Sales and neighbors’ Craft Rooms. This Hobby is very rewarding for the creator of the Mats and the recipients. Once you have 10 or 20 mats made up, take them to your local Nursing Homes or Assisted Living. Give them to the Activity Director or Speech Therapist. They will fall in love with the mats and then give them to the residents (patients.) The blessing I receive is beyond anything I’ve ever done in charity work. These mats bring back memories, give a sense of touch, and bring a smile to a loved one who probably hasn’t smiled in months. I don’t charge for these mats. I donate them. If I need to ship them across the state or country I ask for a monitary donation to help with costs of shipping. We use a “Nextdoor” social media site to encourage neighbors to donate gadgets and cloth place mats and more than half of our supplies come from these donations. Your local YMCA or Community Center may allow you to place a bin in their lobby to collect gadgets for the mission. 

I encourage you to give this some serious thought. Share this story with friends, meet with friends and give your group a name. Then start making a difference in your town. My mom and I started this mission one fidget mat at a time. We’ve now donated over 2,000 Fidget Mats in Texas, Washington and Michigan.

 

Feel free to contact me for more information. [email protected]

Follow us on Facebook. “Fidget Chicks” Granbury, Texas. 

 

Left photo is the Fidget Friends of Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Right photo is the Fidget Chicks of Granbury, Texas.