Spreading Rays of Hope…a hat at a time

So Much Joy!

Beth and Kate from Pennsylvania sent us another really great box full of hats.  There are 21 adorable hats!


There are leprechaun and Easter chicks, pinks and blues, all just absolutely fabulous! And their card reads:

Thank you for all the wonderful things you do to help brighten other peoples’ lives.  Hope these hats help pass along some joy.

I have no doubt that these hats will bring joy, love and hope to the recipients’ families!

And really the thanks goes to you, Beth & Kate and all of you who are making these lil’ gems of hope!

Thank you ever so much!

Last week, we mailed out 125 hats for babies in the NICU at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach.

125 hats for babies

We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to shipment- these hats came from far and near!  Our friends are just so awesome– they must be constantly making hats!  I would also like to thank my children for helping labeling, which included cutting and punching holes into the labels and then attaching them to each hat.

I am so proud to say with this shipment, our counter for Total Hats Contributed is 2,553!

We are very appreciative to all those who helped spread hope!

A Pot o’ Gold

We received another shipment full of hats for babies in the NICU, from our young friend, Caleb.

10 St Patty Hats for Babies

He made these 10 hats for babies in the NICU inspired by the upcoming holiday, St. Patrick’s Day.  What a great way to celebrate St. Paddy!

We are so lucky to have such committed friends, like Caleb.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


This spring holiday brings back childhood memories of wearing green, pinching, searching for 4 leaf clovers and  leprechaun traps.

Some interesting information about St. Patrick’s Day (source)

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!


Wishing you a Happy St. Paddy’s Day

Love endures everything


We received a cute and cheerful Thank You card in the mail from Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.

Thank You Card

Though we regularly receive acknowledgements (letters or postcards) from the hospitals we donate to, I thought I would share this cute card and send everyone who contributed to Knitting Rays of Hope, a big Thank You!   This Thank You is from our most recent shipment, that we posted about here.

The card reads (in case you can see it clearly)

Dear Knitting Rays of Hope,

Thank you very much for your recent gift of knitted hats. We are honored to provide these items to our patients and affiliates.

Thank you for supporting Knitting Rays of Hope and helping us spread hope to patients and families!

Hope Rays:

“When loss is a story, there is no right or wrong way to grieve. There is no pressure to move on. There is no shame in intensity or duration. Sadness, regret, confusion, yearning and all the experiences of grief become part of the narrative of love for the one who died.”

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

grieving mother

By the time Mary came to see me, six months after losing her daughter to sudden infant death syndrome, she had hired and fired two other therapists. She was trying to get her grief right.

Mary was a successful accountant, a driven person who was unaccustomed to being weighed down by sorrow. She was also well versed in the so-called stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. To her and so many others in our culture, that meant grief would be temporary and somewhat predictable, even with the enormity of her loss. She expected to be able to put it behind her and get on with her life.

To look at her, she already had done so. The mask she wore for the world was carefully constructed and effective. She seemed to epitomize what many people would call “doing really well,” meaning someone who had experienced a loss…

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Hope Rays:

It’s heartbreaking- but we need to talk to our children about bullying. Wounds of childhood follow throughout lifetimes

Originally posted on hastywords:

The person who wrote this post wanted to remain anonymous; feelings like this are not easy to own.  This post is as emotionally raw as you will read in my series this month.  It is a testimony of how bullying can have a long term affect on a person.  I should also point out that this child wasn’t only bullied at school but was also a victim of undiscovered abuse at home.

Although I am giving this person an opportunity to voice his anger, I feel I need to say he is a wonderfully kind individual and he is a good friend.  Not all children victimized by bullies day in and day out turn out to be so kind.  Some never make it out of childhood as evidenced by all the horrendous news headlines.  It is hard to say, or spin, this kind of abuse into something positive.  In fact…

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