Garden Spot Village residents sewed 96 sets of pajamas, which will be hand-carried to Kenya by staff and residents on the Travel with Purpose trip to Kijabe, Kenya in late September 2019. Pictured, left to right: Nancy Buckles, Mabel Kurtz, Janie Martin, Sarah Brown.

Photo Credit: The Premise Studio at Garden Spot Village

Pajamas for Patients

By Juanita Fox on September 17, 2019 - 12:28pm | Garden Spot Village | General

“Serving at the CURE Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. It was life-changing. I learned so much from the Kenyan people.They fully live as a community. They don’t think about the sacrifice, they just do what needs to be done,” says Janie Martin, clinical care coordinator at Garden Spot Village.

Janie participated in the Travel with Purpose Trip to Kenya in September 2018. One of the many ways she served that week was by folding hospital pajamas in the laundry. As she worked, she noticed that the pajamas were very worn.

“I had a dream to replace the pajamas,”Janie says. “I planned to buy the fabric and sew them myself. When I mentioned it in passing to Denise,she suggested I involve the Vision &Design Team.”

After her initial conversation with Denise Hoak, director of personal care services, Janie inspired the Mountain View Vision & Design Team as well as other staff and independent living residents to start sewing. Their goal? Ninety-six sets of pajamas.

The Vision & Design Team donated funds to purchase the fabric. The ladies shopped fabric sales, looking for bold, green prints to complement CURE’s logo. Production quickly got underway as they hosted a kickoff sewing day in late January, cutting out patterns and sewing the fabric into brightly colored pajamas. They met regularly after that to work together, and sewing machines were available in Mountain View for anyone who wanted to stop in and work at their leisure.

“Everybody caught the vision. It’s been such a blessing,” Janie says.

Anne Mulwa, nursing director at CURE Kenya, was grateful when she learned that new pajamas were on the way. “We are thrilled to know that someone is thinking about us and our patients,” she says.

Learn more about CURE International: cure.org/kenya 



Denise Hoak joyfully hugs a mother of a patient at CURE Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya after sharing the pajamas Garden Spot Village residents and staff made in 2019.
Garden Spot Village's Travel with Purpose team members pose with CURE Kenya team members and mothers of patients in October 2019.
Garden Spot Village residents sewed 96 sets of pajamas, which will be hand-carried to Kenya by staff and residents on the Travel with Purpose trip to Kijabe, Kenya in late September 2019. Pictured, clockwise: Nancy Buckles, Janie Martin, Sarah Brown, Mabel Kurtz,
Garden Spot Village residents sewed 96 sets of pajamas, which will be hand-carried to Kenya by staff and residents on the Travel with Purpose trip to Kijabe, Kenya in late September 2019.
A child at the CURE Kenya hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, holds a mended heart, given to him by the Garden Spot Village Travel with
Purpose in September 2018.


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Juanita loves to share the stories of the amazing people who live and work at Garden Spot Village. She believes stories have power to change the way we view our world and relate to each other. In her spare time she enjoys making new memories with her husband and their two sons, whether at the baseball diamond or on a cross-country road trip.

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