In honor of his auntie, my son took in 19 adult hats for chemo warriors to the Oncology Unit that Wanda would get her chemotherapy during her battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Wanda passed on 12/27 five years ago, but it seems like yesterday. It’s always a difficult day around here, and as we fought the tears back, we decided to push through, be strong and do things that she loved. One of the things Wanda loved to do, was bringing in hats for chemo warriors. I had just started learning how to loom knit and the hats I made were unquestionably “unique”, but Wanda would always be so kind and encouraging. And the PR piece was almost always her– I was embarrassed – even with this blog as it sometimes seemed like we were bragging or tooting our own horn. But she would ask- how can you raise awareness or make changes if nobody knows? In her kind, patient but firm nature, Wanda pushed me to improve my hat making skills and to grow Knitting Rays of Hope.
Bryan took in chemo hats for adult chemo warriors at Kaiser in Ontario.
And with this last delivery for 2017, we are proud to say we have delivered 6,118 hats to chemo warriors and babies in the NICU! We are so grateful for your continued support and generosity! Thank you for making this world better and for spreading love and hope!
We are wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas that is filled with hope, love and laughter!
One of the programs that are near and dear to our hearts is the Pajama Program, a charity that offers at-risk children the unconditional, magical gifts of pajamas and books so that they can enjoy the greatest benefit of a loving bedtime and peaceful good night: a fulfilling good day.
We were just informed that Pajama Program’s founder, Genevieve Piturro, will be on Megyn Kelly TODAY at 9am Christmas morning. Hear more from Genevieve about the story of Pajama Program, as told by author Laura Schroff in her book, Angels on Earth.
We all know the holiday season is here, bringing joy to many, but it can be difficult for those away from their family or fighting cancer. Then, once the holidays end, the cold winter really sets in from January through March.
Unfortunately, the coldest months of winter are often when the contributions decrease.
Please consider contributing to Pajama Program or Knitting Rays of Hope to help spread hope and warmth during the “danger season”.
We recently received a box full of hats for babies in the NICU from Newburypost, Massachusetts.
We are so excited to continue to meet new friends who want to help make the world a better place! We make monthly deliveries in most months during the year and these will be for January in the new year!
Last week, Melissa delivered 87 hats for children cancer warriors at CHOC.
We hope that these hats will bring warmth, hope, and smiles to the special cancer fighters just in time for the holidays! This makes the “to date total” of delivered hats, blankets, and scarves 6,099! We are very proud of our team and community to make this possible!
Wishing everyone love and joy!
Earlier this month, Donna from Washington sent us a box full of 34 hats for her final delivery for 2017. She had a goal of sending 100 hats to Knitting Rays of Hope- which she exceeded for a total of 104 for the year! We are amazed by her generosity, steadfast kindness and support!
Donna sent this cute card that reads:
Enclosing 34 hats for my final delivery for 2017! I wanted to get one more in–so hard to stop, but I am a slow loom knitter! Figured I best get this to you!
With love and warm wishes and a fervent thanks you for all you do!
We are so impressed with Donna having a goal of how many hats to make for charity and then exceeding that goal! It’s almost time to make some New Year resolutions, and if you want to make one for making a difference in the world, please consider making a goal similar to Donna’s.
Thank you so much, Donna!