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Eastern Star Patient Comfort Program

The Order of the Eastern Star members have been making cancer dressings for more than 60 years. We provide these dressings to cancer patients free of charge to ease their pain and improve their quality of life. Over time, the Patient Comfort Program (formerly known as Cancer Dressing Stations) evolved to make other patient comfort items. These are distributed through nonprofit charitable organizations that serve patients in need. The Patient Comfort Program provides gowns, Cathi Caps (invaluable to chemotherapy patients who have lost their hair), lap robes, adult bibs, and quilts for kids’ cancer camps. Each item is labeled with a small tag that reads "Made with loving hands by the order of the Eastern Star."

  Port Pals:  Port Pals are individual small pillows to cover a IV port when driving using a seat belt.  It gently  covers the port and allows for seat belt comfort.  Instructions for Port Pals may be downloaded: 

 Individual Pillow Instructions  /  Port Pal Create-a-Kit Instructions   /   Port Pal Blitz (group sewing) Instructions

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If you are interested in receiving comfort items for your facility, please click here.
Local Stations:
San Jose
San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA
First and Third Mondays at 8:30 am
We make lap robes, baby blankets and receiving blankets.

Desert Holly-Joshua Tree
Ridgecrest Masonic Center, 625 North Norma Street, Ridgecrest, CA
Second Wednesday at 10:00 am
We make mastectomy and neck pillows, crocheted caps and scarves.

Point Loma
Point Loma Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA
Second Thursday at 11:00 am
We make blankets and stuffed animals.

Star of the East
El Cajon Masonic Center, 695 Ballantyne, El Cajon, CA
Fourth Thursday at 11:00 am
We make pillows, Cathy caps and small quilts.

Harbor Lights
Normal Heights Masonic Center, 3366 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA
First Wednesday at 11:00 am
We make dolls, stuffed animals and pillows.