TENDER LOVING CARE
Tender Loving Care (TLC) is one of nine philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Albuquerque. The TLC committee is dedicated to providing knitted or crocheted hats and blankets for newborns and children and adults receiving dialysis or chemo-treatments, as well as knitted bra-inserts for breast cancer patients all at the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH). We welcome knitters and sewers from the community who would like to contribute their skills in these arts to the TLC program. It is not necessary to be an Assistance League member to participate.
In 2021-2022, in the middle of the pandemic, 27 members and 4 community volunteers donated 2,033 handmade items to patients of all ages receiving care. About 2,000 pediatric and cancer patients at UNMH were recipients of this work. Additionally, at the start of the pandemic, the TLC Committee determined to make 5,000 masks for children in Albuquerque Public Schools, and in the end more than 6,550 masks were donated.
This year the TLC Committee is beginning a new program to provide blankets to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program.