Yesterday, we were able to send out 73 tiny hats for babies in the NICU and 53 hats for children fighting cancer to Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to this shipment- What great teamwork! Thankfully, we have been introduced to many new friends who made and sent us hats from nearby and far away. And to our steady team members who always provide hats that we can count on to include in these shipments, we are very, very appreciative of you. We have had help with labeling, from cutting and punching holes into the labels and then attaching them to the hats, knitting hats and delivering the creations. Our dear friend, Antoinette always supports us by handling the logistics of sending out the monthly shipments as well as the financial aspect, for which we cannot say Thank You enough.
I am incredibly proud of how far we’ve come. With this shipment, we (as Team Knitting Rays of Hope) will have made and delivered over 1,000 hats since March, 2012 (1,015 to be precise). In January of this year, we were hoping to surpass a goal of 1000 hats by the end of the year. But thanks to all our contributors and supporters, it’s September and we can proudly state we have spread hope in 1,000 ways. Though we have met our internal goal, we cannot sit back and relax- there is still tons of work to do. Since it’s been so hot in Southern California, we took a few months off from deliveries, but now the weather is cooling down and hats are going to be in great demand once again! We hope to be able to send out many more hats and the love, hope and support for cancer warriors, babies in the NICU and children fighting other horrifying diseases!
If you would like to get involved and make a difference, you can in a number of different ways. We always welcome any type of handmade hat, scarf, gloves or blankets, whether they are sewn, crochets, knitted or loom-knitted! Please visit our page Get Involved (link) for ways you can help Knitting Rays of Hope. I strongly urge you to make a difference in our world, in our community! However you decide to do so, we would love to hear about your story.