Offered at a time when there are no words to say, Indiana Donor Network’s Threads of Compassion program provides comfort shawls to donor families at the time of their loved one’s donation. The shawls are knitted and crocheted by volunteers across Indiana who give their time to create beautiful, handmade gifts for families to use while they are in the hospital and to take with them as loving remembrances. The hope is that the shawls will bring families comfort in their time of sorrow and transition.

“My comfort shawl gave me something to wrap my memories in for future sharing. It’s been my comfort for hard cries and snuggle times. This gift made by love to share for broken hearts has been a blessing.” – Tammy Hackman, mother of donor

For more information about participating in Threads of Compassion by making shawls or donating materials, email Kelli at


Not sure which pattern to use? Don’t worry; we got you covered! For shawl dimensions and suggested patterns, download the instructions below.



Knitting Directions

Download the directions for knitting shawls.



Crochet Directions

Download a guide to the crochet process.



Indiana Life Celebration Quilts

Indiana Life Celebration Quilts commemorate the lives of those who have given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. Donor families create these unique quilts by designing quilt squares in honor of their loved ones. Once assembled, the quilts are displayed at events across the state to recognize donors and increase awareness of organ and tissue donation.



Quilt Squares

Download instructions on making a quilt square.



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