FedExFamilyHouse, Happy Birthday!

Here’s the official information about the FedExFamilyHouse.  Yes, it is all one word.

FedExFamilyHouse Logo


The FedExFamilyHouse mission is to be a home away from home for out-of-town families who come to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for treatment. Designed with families in mind and using ‘best practice’ examples from sister institutions across the country, the facility offers a home-like setting with an open floor plan, gathering places for family groups, teens and children as well as secluded areas for quiet reflection. FedExFamilyHouse is a comfortable retreat from life in the hospital. FedExFamilyHouse is a landmark that exemplifies corporate citizenship, a genuine sense of hospitality and heartfelt concern for Le Bonheur patients and blessed with two wonderful children’s medical hospitals, St. Jude and Le Bonheur. Both provide care and services to the children at no cost.

What does this have to do with crafting?

I use to volunteer at St. Jude teaching knitting to patients and their families.   It was a great place to be.  When that program ended, several of us decided to stay together and find another place to continue volunteering.  You knitters know there are lots of long term benefits to learning the craft.  We love encouraging new knitters and supplying materials and tools for experienced knitters and crocheters.

Fireplace room at the FedExFamilyHouse

Fireplace room at the FedExFamilyHouse

We found the FedExFamilyHouse. And we love it here.  It’s a very welcoming environment, calm and quiet, like sitting in the living room of a very upscale grandma.  We teach anyone and everyone who is interested in knitting, including staff, patients and families of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to knit.  We have met and taught families from Croatia, China, Honduras, Guatemala, & Brazil. It’s comical attempting to teach across language barriers.  Families from all the southern and some of the midwestern states have stayed at the House.

And for us knitters, it is the most wonderful place to sit, knit, teach and visit with whomever drops by. I love being there every week.  You are welcome to join us any Thursday (except holidays).  No pressure to teach, just come sit and knit with us.

The FedExFamilyHouse is celebrating a big birthday this week.

CN, North America’s Railroad is matching one-time gifts up to $5,000.

Two things I decided early in starting Slanted Stitches as a business.   It would not disrupt my time at the FedExFamilyHouse and that I would give from the ‘first fruits.’   I have been donating the proceeds from every tenth bag sold to a charity we have been supporting as a family.  It wasn’t something I had planned to talk about.   But I am more than happy to toot the horn for the people that work here and the organization.  And because of this matching grant from CN, I decided to tithe next year’s ‘guessimate’ proceeds in advance.  It’s a drop in the bucket, but every drop counts.

I can not imagine going through all that these families face with their kids, far from home, in a big city, away from friends and not at work.  Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the FedExFamilyHouse are a blessing.

We are getting bombarded with fundraising mail right now.  I’m not sure if giving nationwide is down compared to other years.  It is clear that people are hurting in all kinds of ways.  I would encourage you to find an organization you believe in and support it as many ways as you can.




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