Addison County Home Health and Hospice is in need of hot rice packs. Patients in the community are very appreciative of these heat bags. Volunteers can sew the rice packs according to the below instructions and drop them off at the RSVP office (48 Court Street) for distribution.
Thick cotton weight material (no glitter or metal as these will be heated in microwaves). Whole cloves added to the COOKING (not minute rice) rice will make the bags smell good when reheated several times. Different size and shape rice bags are welcome, but the following rectangular shape is the most versatile. Any shape should have divider sections to keep the rice evenly distributed.
Cut a rectangular pouch & sew the seams so that the FINISHED product is 12" long by 6" wide.
Sew FOUR divider sections to separate the rice so that it's evenly distributed in the pouch.
Fill the sections 2/3 with rice so it spreads evenly in the section without being stuffed. Add whole cloves to each section.
Close the seams
Sew a "pillowcase" style cover for each rice bag as this is the layer of material that touches the person's skin to keep the main bag clean