South OC Chapter
Ann Katapski began this local chapter in March, 2000. Originally, she was in the Orange County Chapter based in Garden Grove for a year and a half. The wonderful woman that was coordinating this group had to give it up because she had too many commitments in her life. This woman so motivated Ann that she wanted to start a chapter on her own. Ann’s contact with Jackie McPheeters, the Orange area coordinator for Threads of Love, kept her enthusiasm high. Jackie had been contacted by a social worker at Children’s Hospital at Mission that wanted Threads of Love to supply the hospital. To make a long story short, Jackie and Ann met with Carole Poe, and the marriage began.
Ann went to work contacting people on an old mailing list from the Orange County chapter. She found a woman who was part of a quilting group in Mission Viejo that was interested in helping. With Jackie’s guidance, Ann decided to make a presentation to this group and enlist their help. This “Quilting Friends” group helped this new chapter get started and Threads of Love – South Orange County was born. This chapter has about 50 members that donate their time and materials to making items for the preemie babies and their families in South Orange County.
Several items such as vests, blankets, incubator covers, hats and booties were submitted to the hospitals so the nurses could work with them, on the babies, to see what worked the best.
The relationship between Mission Hospital/Children’s Hospital at Mission and Threads of Love began on June 28, 2000. On that date more than 150 beautiful handmade items were donated to the hospitals.
Currently, Threads of Love – South OC delivers items to the following hospitals in the Southern Orange County area:
- Mission Hospital/Children’s Hospital at Mission (Mission Viejo, CA)
- Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills, CA)
- Western Medical (Santa Ana, CA)
- Kaiser (Irvine, CA)
They have donated over 1000 items to these four hospitals in the past several years.