Help reach Children In need
I designed and began Snug As A Bug Comfort Bags in January 2020 as a new way to reach more children in need. Previously I delivered my comfort quilts in ziplock bags. I was able to add more items in the duffel bags such as books, toys and personal care items and they are easier to ship and deliver.
Currently, I give Snug As A Bug Comfort bags to John Muir Medical Center children’s unit and the pediatric infusion center, the Foster Youth and Homeless Advocacy Department of Antioch Unified School District, and the Antioch Police Department, on a monthly basis. I have also given bags to fire victims, veterans and recently sent 31 bags to Ukrainian children.
I have lived in Antioch for forty plus years. I have six adult children, and two grand children. I was a Special Ed teacher in Oakley, until my stroke twenty six years ago. I volunteered at Holy Rosary School and Marsh Elementary school. I have overcome many obstacles in my life. I am a member of Kiwanis Club of the Delta Antioch.
– Allison Norris.
Snug As A Bug Bags are regularly delivered to the Department of Children and Family Services.
To offer my bags to surrounding police departments and school districts, to reach more kids in need. My last goal is to bring hope and unity to the people of our community, with community.
Snug As A Bug would love to have your help to reach more kids in need, here’s how:
Everyone has a talent or gift to share, and there are many groups and organizations that do marvelous things to help others in America and around the world. You can :
This is Bonnie, she is an experienced quilter and a member of her local Women’s Club (GFWC). She drives thirty miles to pick up quilt kits, and then delivers the finished quilts to me.
Meet another Snug As A Bug volunteer, Jhoanna. She learned about Snug As A Bug from a donation drive at her child’s school, and wanted to help. She cuts fabric squares beautifully!
Meet Pam my long time friend and neighbor. She was a dedicated middle school Language Arts teacher for many years, and has recently retired. She now has time to renew her love of sewing and has found a new way to serve children in our community.
I want to thank the many people, businesses and organizations that have been so generous and supportive. First to my husband and family, who rarely question the growing stacks of fabric or thread pieces throughout the house, the Ming family who never cease to inspire me with their generosity and courage, Sue Biegeleisen who knits and donates beautiful blankets in Germany, sister in law Wendy Sue, Heather Sexton, Pam Bartlett, Sherri Phillips (dedicated fabric cutter), and Jackie Hooke who first surprised me with a sewing machine on my doorstep.
I’d also like to thank Councilwoman Lori Ogorchalk who connected me to community organizations, Melissa Pixcar, Delta Networking Partners, Antioch Rotary, Antioch Women’s Club, Knights of Columbus, YLI, Oakley Lions Club, Cara Johnson of Antioch Florist, Antioch Dental Care, Antioch Pediatric Dentistry, Mike of Delta Sew and Vac Center, Holy Rosary Catholic School, and GamePod Combat Zone. Thank you also to John Muir Medical Center Peds Unit, Antioch Police Department and Antioch School District who distribute the bags. Many thanks to Melissa Pixcar -Norris ( no relation), of ABC News, who did the interview, and took the photos and video. She told my story better than I could have imagined. Thank you to bizdetail and Mitch Free, the company who created this site and made it beautiful. Thank you to the Flood family. Lastly, I want to thank all the members of Kiwanis Club of the Delta – Antioch, for welcoming and supporting me.
Thank you to my community of generous people. Without you, Snug As A Bug Comfort Bag program would not be possible.