It’s easy to be scared during these unprecedented times. We hope that you are safe and well, practicing social distancing and staying safe at home.
If you are able and want to help, some of the hospitals are requesting items, due to the lack of PPE (Personal protective equipment).
Our sweet friend, Melissa, a nurse, forwarded me an email that her hospital (St. Joseph) and CHOC are requesting the following items:
In addition to new, unused 3M, N95 and surgical masks, we can accept the following supplies for making face shields:
- Bolts of 16, 18 or 20-gauge clear vinyl
- 3/8-inch and/or 1/2-inch braided elastic in white or black
- 1-inch Airtex High Density Foam (green)
- Gorilla Glue or 3M Scotch Heavy Duty Double-Sided Mounting Tape
You can mail them directly to
St. Joseph Hospital
1100 W. Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868
1201 W. La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868
For questions, pls email COVID19Donations@providence.org
You may also contact your local hospital and ask if they need these donations.
We have also found Masks for Heroes (website) and a Facebook Group. There are instructions on how to make facemasks and how to donate to hospitals directly.
There are also many online patterns and Youtube tutorials if you want to crochet a facemask for personal wear for minimum trips to the grocery store. Just google Crochet Facemask with face shield.
We underline that you should only donate if you can and have these items available to you without making unnecessary trips to the store.
We are so appreciative of all of you in our community of prayer and hope.
We send our best wishes and positive thoughts.
We received a box of hats made by the ROAM Club from Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, California.
We always applaud when our youth get involved to make this world a kinder, better place. We are impressed with these hats and the level of difficulty and dedication found– you make us so proud!
These hats will keep babies and chemo warriors warm and feel loved!
Thank you for helping us spread hope, love, and warmth!
Our friend Michelle, from Bakersfield, California sent us another package of hats– all different colors, styles, and sizes.
Michelle also wrote us a note that reads:
Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your amazing organization. Thank God for people like you– spreading kindness simply because you can. Blessings to you and everyone who receives these hats.
Thank you, Michelle, for your consistent contributions and willingness to help make items to spread hope and love. We are so grateful for our community and it’s because of people like you that we are able to spread hope, love, and warmth!
A new friend, Wendy in Utah sends us these adorable hats and booties for babies.
Wendy’s note reads:
Please find enclosed a number of hats and a pair of baby booties. The hats are of various sizes. I am glad to have found your site where I can send donations. I have some new yarn, and left over yarn and wanted it to be put to good use, and to make good use of the spare time I have. My home is pet-free and smoke-free. I have taught myself to knit and find it therapeutic with stress relief as well, so it’s a win-win thing going on here. I love seeing all the various projects you post on Facebook and I thought, “Finall, now I know where to send my work!”
We are so glad you found us and sent us your creations! Thank you for helping us spread hope and love into the world.
Our good friend, Cricket from New Jersey sent us 30 hats.
Cricket also sent a note that reads:
Thank you for all you do. I have chemo hats in this box. God bless everyone that wears them!
Thank you for your steadfast generosity!
Stella from Aurora, Colorado sent us these adorable hats.
We will definitely include these in our delivery that we are currently preparing for this month.
We appreciate Stella’s generosity, charitable heart, and support!
Thank you for helping us spread love and hope!
For 2020, Our Challenge: 200 blankets donated to babies and chemo warriors
We have been asked some questions about this Blanket Drive.
We are accepting all sizes (from baby lovies to adult large throws), loom knitted, crocheted, sewn and/or fleece blankets. The criteria for yarn, fleece or material remains the same
- Must be new, never worn or used
- Should be washable
- Smoke-free & pet hair-free
- Soft yarn is best- cotton acrylic, silk, fleece or a blend.
- Wool/alpaca is acceptable, though is known to be scratchy. If using wool or alpaca, please label the item- to warn those that are allergic
- Please wash your hands on a regular basis while making the items.
- Items do not need to be laundered if they are kept clean. If you feel an item has to be washed before donating it, please use a hypoallergenic detergent and rinse very well.
If you follow us on Pinterest, we created a new board for this 2020 challenge to spark inspiration and provide some helpful tips.
As many of you know, we started Knitting Rays of Hope with loom knitting hats and then started dabbling into crochet with the help of Youtube and Pinterest.
I crocheted my first blanket a few months ago for a friend’s baby and enjoyed the process of it. I used a shell stitch and found it easy enough to crochet it while watching tv. If your talents are quilting or knitting, please feel free to make blankets that will suit your talents.
I found a chart for blanket sizes from Craft-Mart.com that will hopefully help provide some guidance.
While searching for ideas, I found All Free Crochet had an article for over 25 blanket patterns for beginners here. And I may just try this blanket, as one of our friends, T. Stella Bernard suggested a baby afghan made up of individual squares that are sewn together. I hope that this will be easy to just crochet squares and then put them together. Wish me luck!
We thank you for trying to learn new things like making blankets to help us spread hope.
A new friend, Nikki from South Carolina sent us this box.
Her note says:
HI I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work and your dedication!
I am glad I found you guys!
I will be sending more hats to your organization in the future.
We are grateful that you found us and chose to donate to help spread hope!
Our good friend, Dee in Pennsylvania sent us a box of these goodies!
Dee included a note that reads:
It’s your friend Dee from Pennsylvania, back again.
Here is another shipment. As always made in smoke-free, pet free home. Everything is labeled as to fiber content.
It is such an honor for me to assist you in continuing your good works.
We appreciate the consistent contributions and support and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
As part of our second round of deliveries, we were able to deliver 160 hats to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, who were very excited to receive all these hats!
95 hats delivered to CHOC
Our sweet friend, Melissa did the leg work to make this delivery happen! We sent these 95 hats and the 65 hats that Pasadena Stake Relief Society made with their own special notes to our recipients!
The muscle that helps
I am so grateful to everyone involved in spreading love and hope into the world with this delivery! I was especially proud that my son tries to help in areas that he can, with muscle for moving the deliveries and counting the hats!