Puzzles To Remember

PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a 501(c)3 organization that provides puzzles to nursing homes, veterans facilities, and other facilities that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. Puzzles To Remember was founded in 2008 by Max Wallack, who recognized the calming effect of puzzles and many other benefits on people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Max graduated from Boston University, Summa Cum Laude, in 2015, and from Harvard Medical School in 2020.

Beginning in 2020, Hailey Richman is the Executive Director of PuzzlesToRemember. Since 2011, Hailey has been distributing puzzles to nursing facilities around the globe. Hailey also spends time doing the puzzles with nursing home residents. She always brightens their days.  Hailey is also the founder of KidCaregivers.com, where she provides advice for children dealing with dementia in their family members. Hailey has begun a program called PuzzleTime which involves volunteer students going to nursing facilities and doing puzzles with their residents. Max serves as a mentor to the KidCaregivers program.

If you have puzzles that you would like to donate, please contact us at Puzzles2Remember@gmail.com and we will find a location near you where you can bring your puzzles. We can also provide you with a donation letter so that you can claim the value of your puzzles as a tax deduction.

To see a short video from WCVB Ch. 5 "BOSTON STRONG" about Max's efforts on behalf of Alzheimer's patients, click here.

To see a short video about Hailey's Puzzle Time Program, click here.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

ThredUp Donates 12,000 Puzzles to Puzzles To Remember!


We have exciting news! The ThredUp Store (www.thredup.com) had a wonderful campaign. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when several states had a "shelter in place", ThredUp had an amazing incentive. During the shelter in place, many people turned to jigsaw puzzle-solving as a relaxing pastime. When they were finished with all of their puzzles, they wanted to donate them. ThredUp the world's largest consignment online thrift store, had a wonderful offer. The plan was for every puzzle donated to their store, they would donate a meal to Feeding America (www.feedingamerica.org). Thousands of generous donors sent in their puzzles and they amassed 12,000 puzzles! They closed the initiative in May. ThredUP needs their warehouse space. Their warehouse has 12,000 puzzles in need of a home! That part is where PuzzlesToRemember comes to the rescue! If you know of an organization on the East Coast that is willing to take a bulk order of 1000 puzzles in which to distribute them to nursing homes, memory care facilites, etc, please reach out to us! We are working with middle and high school students who will distribute the puzzles with us and receive volunteer service credit. Read the story here https://people.com/home/this-mail-in-puzzle-swap-program-lets-you-buy-sell-puzzles-for-only-5-with-1-to-charity/

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PUZZLES TO REMEMBER was founded in 2008 by Max Wallack, in memory of his great-grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, who died of Alzheimer's disease in 2007.
Puzzles To Remember is registered in Massachusetts as a public charity. Contributions are welcome, and are tax deductible under sec. 501(c.)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, write to us at Puzzles2Remember@gmail.com