Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

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Pajama Program Donations

Thank you for participating in the Pajama/Book Charity Drive! I am proud to say that we will be able to contribute 23 pajamas, sizes ranging from 18 year old teenagers to 1 year old babies, and 5 books. Some of us have donated financially to the Pajama Program as well.
PJ-Book donations
I dropped off the pajamas and books tonight at a drop-off site for the Pajama Program, and they will be going to to the kids of Operation SafeHouse in Riverside.

 From the Pajama Program Mission


Every child has the right to a good night. Yet, thousands of children across the United States will go to sleep tonight and their bedtime will be missing something. 
They may be feeling alone and afraid, in a bed that isn’t theirs, in a shelter that isn’t a home or with families who wish they could give them more.

Thank you so much for being such charitable, thoughtful and caring folks.

With Vanessa’s Help

With Vanessa assistance in learning the new pattern, I was able to make this olive hat.


Remember this post, showing you what Vanessa made for my Aunt Kim in Ohio?  We used the same tutorial and since it was my first time following a intricate pattern, I also needed personal assistance, from my friend, showing me which stitch I was supposed to go into or front post DC into.

I am pretty proud of this creation and hope that we can start another one soon.  Maybe after 2 or 3 more, I will be confident enough to do it by myself 😉 .

If you would like to contribute to our monthly deliveries, we are collecting hats, blankets, lap covers, scarves and mittens.  Please see our “Get Involved” page for further details on yarn criteria and how to mail us your contribution.

My hope is that a teenage chemo warrior will like this and wear it, knowing we made it with love.

82 Hats for Children Chemo Warriors

Our Ambassador of Hope, Melissa recently took these hats for children chemo warriors at CHOC.

82 hats for children chemo warriors

Some of these hats were given to us by friends in July, but we are now delivering them as the weather cools down slightly in California.  I am positive that these will bring hope and love to our pediatric chemo warriors!

Our grand total to date is now 4,219 hats delivered! We are so excited to see how far Knitting Rays of Hope has grown!    We hope that we will be able to sustain this volume to keep all our local hospitals loved and warm.  We thank each and every one of our team members who helped make this possible!  We are blown away by how  creative, generous and caring all of you are- striving to make a difference in our world!  Keep spreading hope!

Thank you!

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

The Wonder and Marvel of an Ordinary Life


Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.

The extraordinary will take care of itself.

–William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

Gifts from Judy

We received these beautiful hats from Judy in North Hollywood. Donation From Judy

This is Judy’s second donation to us and we could not be happier to be receiving her donations. Thank you Judy for your help. These hats will surely make a few babies and children happy this month. As September has come and gone and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is complete, we hope that people continue to talk about the need for a cure NOW and continue to raise awareness always. Children depend on the adults of the world to keep them safe and we need to live up to their expectations and find a way to end this horrible disease!

A Gift from Donna

We received these beautiful hats from our friend Donna in Washington State.



In her letter she promised another box to follow, and we can’t wait to receive them. Thank you Donna for your continued support and for helping us to spread Rays of Hope to the little ones. Keep up the great work!

A New Friend- Yvonne

We received these 34 NICU hats and 7 children hats from our new friend Yvonne from Vista, California.  We are so excited about having a new friend! Thank you Yvonne for sending us your creations to donate. We love your hats and are so thankful you have chosen to help us spread Rays of Hope to babies and children.


We especially love this hat pictured below. What a great design! This will make a little one very happy.


Thank you, Yvonne, and we hope to see more of your creations in the near future.