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5 Year Blogiversary!

Today we are celebrating our 5 Year Blogiversary!

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When we first began this journey, we had no idea that 5 years later we would still be going strong. It really is an amazing feeling to look back at how we have contributed to others and helped make their days a bit brighter. We are proud that we have done our part to give back to our community and we are so proud to have made and met so many wonderful friends on this journey.  As we have said before, we could not have done this without the support of our friends. A big shout out to everyone who made it possible for Knitting Rays of Hope to provide 4,956 hats to NICU babies and Cancer Warriors these past 5 years. Here is to another wonderful 5 years to come filled with continued friends, new friends, and Rays of Sunshine!
~Vanessa

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Happy Easter!

We want to wish everyone a wonderful Easter! We hope that your Easter is filled with love and family time.

These are the special creations we delivered just for Easter. Thank you to everyone who supports us! We couldn’t do it without you.
~Vanessa and Pali

 

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Bright Inspirations from Washington!

Our good friend, Donna, from Washington, recently received a box full of 25 hats for children, toddlers and babies in bright, cheery colors that will most definitely brighten up many faces with smiles.

Hats by Donna

Donna includes a lovely note that reads:

Happy New Year!  You will find 25 hats in this box- from the tiny to the large and in between.

There were made with Love and Joy too!

Blessings to you for all you are doing in the world.

We are so blessed to have such generous and supportive friends that believe in Knitting Rays of Hope!  I especially appreciate Donna’s words of encouragement in email and her steadfast support!  Sometimes her words are just what I need to keep going with our efforts.  They are truly positive and inspirational when doubt creeps into my mind.

Thank you so much!
~Pali

Happy Holidays

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Happy Holidays Everyone!!! Wishing you the happiest of times spent with family and loved ones. Be safe and cherish these wonderful days!
~Vanessa & Pali

 

 

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.
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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.
~Pali

Veterans Day

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Found on History.com

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

  • In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.

  • 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
  • 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
  • 1.8 million veterans are women.
  • 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
  • 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
  • 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

 

 

Thank You for the Lessons

Thank you CardI’d like to take a moment and thank the nay-sayers, the negativity crowd, the haters…

As you insulted,

As you called me names and still claimed to be professional,

As you showed your lack of values,

As you displayed your ignorance and low class,

Since you have had little exposure to people who think differently than you,  who challenge your opinions,

I thank you.  

Yes I thank you, for allowing me to put into action Michelle Obama’s phrase of “When they go low, we go high.”

I was able to model behavior that I expect of my children, because of you.

Because of exposure to your low class, lack of manners, and repeated disrespect, I was able to provide examples to my children of what you don’t want to be when you grow up.

Because you exist and the world unfortunately is full of people like you, the life lesson is to keep living and focusing on what we love and ignore people like you.

Love What Matters and forget the rest!focus

I wish you well and I sincerely thank you for the life lessons!

 

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