While you are sheltering in place, we continue to welcome your volunteer support during this challenging time. Samaritan is looking for people with big hearts and generous spirits to join our volunteer team.
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Support Samaritan's families by making mini clay heart keepsakes
Samaritan’s pronouncement ritual includes clay hearts that our staff present to the family after the death of their loved one. It is a cherished symbol that they will keep - from your hands to the hands of the family. Enjoy this short video about the hearts: https://youtu.be/uMxMMVrQwu0
It is essential that they are made to the below specifications in order to fit into the small velvet bags they are kept in.
Make as many as you like - once or ongoing. Service hours awarded. Supplies NOT provided.
We require mini hearts (1.5" wide, ¼" thick) so they fit inside the velour bags. The thickness is important so they do not snap when held.
Sculpey brand clay (other brands do not harden as well). You can find it in many craft stores and online, including, Polymer Clay Superstore https://polymerclaysuperstore.com/search?q=sculpey+iii&type=product.
Heart cutters - mini (1.5" wide) (see following links)
Amazon.com: Single red cutter: https://smile.amazon.com/Cookie-Cutter-Red-Heart-Shape/dp/B07P53TNKQ/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=heart+cutter+1.5%22&qid=1601384717&sr=8-3
Single stainless cutter: https://www.amazon.com/Mini-Heart-Cookie-Cutter-1-5/dp/B06Y115GJQ
Single stainless cutter: https://smile.amazon.com/Fox-Run-3370-Cookie-Stainless/dp/B0000CFTS3/ref=sr_1_57?dchild=1&keywords=heart+cutter+1.5%22&qid=1601384995&sr=8-57
Etsy.com: Single cutter: https://www.etsy.com/listing/452593646/mini-heart-15-cookie-cutter-valentines?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=1.5%26quot%3B+heart+cutter&ref=sr_gallery-1-4∨ganic_search_click=1
Set of 12: https://www.etsy.com/listing/228705367/1-dozen-mini-heart-15-cookie-cutters?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=mini+heart+cookie+cutter&ref=sr_gallery-1-3∨ganic_search_click=1
1. Make hearts 1/4" thick - durability is better than quantity; if they are too thin, they will break.
2. Marble the colors
No solid-colored hearts
Use black and dark brown clay sparingly.
Do NOT coat with any type of glaze or spray
3. Press or roll out clay and cut out with 1.5" mini heart cookie cutter.
4. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4". The hearts don’t spread like cookies, so you can load the tray.
Let cool, and you're done!
Any amount is welcome either ongoing or one time. All donations are greatly appreciated! We would also love to have pictures of your project to post to social media. You can email the pictures back to me.
Finished hearts may be delivered or mailed to Samaritan's administrative office: Sharon Wenner, Samaritan, 3906 Church Rd, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.
Please include a note with your name and address so we know they are from you and can send a thank you note.
Samaritan's mission is to provide extraordinary compassion and professional expertise to help our patients, clients, and those who care about them, live their best life every day.
Samaritan is a not-for-profit organization that contributes to the health and well-being of our community. We provide unparalleled services with respect, dignity, and compassion for all people affected by serious, progressive illness or grief. Samaritan approaches each person and family in our care with reverence for the sacredness of life, while developing and sustaining a relationship that is serving, trusting, authentic and caring. Choosing Samaritan is choosing comfort, support, dignity, and help.
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