Spreading Rays of Hope…a hat at a time

Ice Cream Dreams

Childhood should be all about ice cream, playing, cartoons and jumping.  For many though, sadly, it’s about iv’s for chemo, losing their hair, and being sick from cancer and medications to combat it.


I crocheted this hat and a pink crochet heart, with tiny cancer warriors in mind.  I hope that this will bring hope and love during some pretty horrible times.
~PaliChildhood cancer

Thank you CardI’d like to take a moment and thank the nay-sayers, the negativity crowd, the haters…

As you insulted,

As you called me names and still claimed to be professional,

As you showed your lack of values,

As you displayed your ignorance and low class,

Since you have had little exposure to people who think differently than you,  who challenge your opinions,

I thank you.  

Yes I thank you, for allowing me to put into action Michelle Obama’s phrase of “When they go low, we go high.”

I was able to model behavior that I expect of my children, because of you.

Because of exposure to your low class, lack of manners, and repeated disrespect, I was able to provide examples to my children of what you don’t want to be when you grow up.

Because you exist and the world unfortunately is full of people like you, the life lesson is to keep living and focusing on what we love and ignore people like you.

Love What Matters and forget the rest!focus

I wish you well and I sincerely thank you for the life lessons!


Shirley in Massachusetts sent a box full of adorable hats and 4 beautiful cowl scarves for our next delivery.


4 cowls

Hats by Shirley

 Shirley’s note reads:

I am sending this box of 20 baby hats and 4 cowl scarfs to you for Knitting Rays of Hope.  I applaud your effort and continuing service to the less fortunate.  I am very happy to be able to assist in my own small way.  All are made with love.

Thank you for letting me contribute to this very worthwhile cause.

We are so grateful for friends like Shirley.  She included the cowls to keep the chemo warriors warm and loved in addition to the hats!

Thank you!

Inspired by Vanessa and her ambition to crochet hats, I dipped into the crochet world and created these two hats.


My 1st crocheted hats attempts

I found a free crochet pattern that basically used a double crochet stitch online to follow.  Luckily we had 1 Captain America patch that was ready to go, which added a perfect pizzazz to a pretty simple hat.

Off to begin another crochet project to advance my hat making skills.

Bette from Thousand Palms in California found us online and sent us these beautiful hats!


She also enclosed a note in the box that reads:

Enclosed are 36 hats I have made- all machine washable and dryable & most are baby, toddler and child sizes.

Please let me know if you like them and can use them & I’ll get started on some more

We absolutely love them and will use them in our next delivery, but we are positive that our cancer warriors, tiny babies and families will also appreciate them.  Thank you for helping to spread hope and love with these gifts!

Thank you!

A new friend, Pat from Sunset Beach in North Carolina sent us these adorable hats for babies.  Pat says she found us online, and we are so grateful that she did!


Halloween hats




Christmas Hats

Pat included a note that said:

I hope you can use these hats.  I really enjoy crocheting/loom knitting baby hats in my spare time and found your website.  This is a wonderful organization.  Thank you for giving of your time and resources for this great cause.

We are extremely grateful for friends like Pat.  Her hats are adorable and will most definitely bring smiles and hope to the recipients and their families!

Thank you so much!

Last week, our dear friend Melissa delivered 227 items for Knitting Rays of Hope.  She delivered 111 items to CHOC, which included 98 hats, 11 scarves and 2 knitted purses for children cancer warriors.  She also took in 116 hats for babies in the NICU at St. Joesph’s in Orange County.


98 hats for children fighting cancer



11 scarves and 2 purses for children fighting cancer

116 hats for babies in the NICU

116 hats for babies in the NICU

We are so proud of our entire team!  With this delivery, we have spread hope & love to over 4,000 families!  I am so proud of each and every one of you; without all of your efforts and love, none of this would be possible.  This month, Jazlyn coordinated the hats for delivery by tagging, photographing and counting them, and Melissa our delivery ambassador was crucial in picking the hats up and then delivering them to both hospitals!  If you contributed your hats to Knitting Rays of Hope, please know how wonderfully awesome you are and the impact you are making in the world!  Special thanks to our team– and what a special team they are!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

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