This World Cancer Day, we recognise that our commitment to act will lead to powerful progress in reducing the global impact of cancer.
So, this 4 February whoever you are, your actions – big and small -will make lasting, positive change. Because, progress is possible.
We need your commitment to create a cancer-free world.
This World Cancer Day, who are you and what will you do?
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.
Our good friend, Robin from Sunshine Doo-Dads in Phoenix, Arizona sent us these cheery hats of all sizes.
Robin’s note reads:
I am happy to be shipping off this over stuffed box to your wonderful cause! I already had all but 1 of these hats completed when you issued your request for blankets. Although I am not currently a blanket maker, I am going to learn so that I can contribute! Thank you for your efforts and providing so much with my donation
We love how Robin’s hope and cheery spirit is so contagious from her “Sunshine Doo-Dads” to her willingness to try to learn how to make blankets. We are so grateful for Robin as a great supporter/friend and an active and consistent member of our community!
Have a great day!
Our friend, Irene from Arroyo Grande in California sent us 23 small baby hats.
Her note reads:
Hope these are put to good use. With love and prayers.
May you have a year that is filled with love, laughter, brightness, and hope!
With the holiday spirit, we were able to give 394 items to spread hope in December! We donated 110 hats for babies in Orange County St. Joe’s Hospital, 153 hats & 12 scarves to a local homeless shelter and 110 chemo caps, 11 booties, and 3 shawls to CHOC!
110 hats for babies
153 hats to the Homeless Shelter
105 Hats for Pediatric Chemo Warriors
3 shawls & 11 booties
We are so appreciative of how great you guys are to us- it’s because of you that this was possible! With this delivery, I am blown away to be able to say that our counts are now 9,280 total to date!
We hope each and every one of you is warm and loved for the holidays!
In honor of his auntie, my son took in 25 adult hats for chemo warriors to the Ontario Kaiser Oncology Unit where Wanda would fight the Pancreatic Cancer.
25 Chemo Caps
While we were there, we ran up another special delivery to the Ontario Kaiser NICU.
92 baby hats
We are working hard at delivering all these precious hats that you planned, created and sent to us to spread hope into the world! We are grateful for the abundant love that we can send out and make a difference for others!
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!
Our friend, Susan from North Carolina sent us these adorable hats in all sizes and colors!
Her note reads:
Forgot to put a note inside the box, so I’m sticking it to the outside.
There are 55 hats of various sizes.
Thanks so much for getting them to those who need them!
You are doing wonderful work!
We are so grateful you found us and sent us these creations! They are so cute — we love the crocheted ball on top!!
Our friend, Debbie, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Saints in Montebello, California sent us this big box full of hats of all colors, sizes, and styles.
The women of their local units held a humanitarian service event, Hands and Hearts in which they gathered together to make these and donate them to Knitting Rays of Hope.
We are so incredibly grateful that they found us and were moved to donate to spread love and hope into the world!
Here are some pictures as the hats were being made
We are so proud of you!