Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

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Happy New Year

As we prepare to jump into the new year, we hope that you will bring all the joy from 2017 with you!  We wish you abundant hope, love, and good health!

Happy New Year


Danger Season

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.

Pajama Program


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”.

Thank you!

TED Talk: Giving to the Poor

Happy Thanksgiving

We would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!  Football TurkeyToday we’d like to thank you for all you’ve done this year to help spread hope and make a difference in the world!

We hope that you day is filled with love and hope!


A Big Thank You to Our New Naval Friend

A BIG THANK YOU to Petty Officer Jordan who sent in 10 crocheted hats in different styles, colors and sizes.  We are so impressed with these hats and thank you for taking the time to make the hats!


Jordan successfully made each hat different and these will definitely bring smiles and hope to their recipients!

We received this box in April, but have been extremely busy and got behind on Knitting Rays of Hope’s business.   Keep the hats coming, we will be sending out monthly shipments to our local Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units and Oncology Centers!

Thank you for your contribution and service to our country!

Girl Scouts Make A Difference!

We are so amazed by a local Girl Scout Troop (4134) from West Covina, California, who made and donated 218 hats to Knitting Rays of Hope!

GS Troup 4134

This girl scout troop consists of 18 dedicated young ladies, 12 to 13 year old.  Each girl had to learn how to loom knit and then surprised their troop leader, Christina Godoy by going above and beyond their individual personal goal of number of hats.  We are very impressed with such young girls, who care enough about the world to make such an impact!  This troop even mentored a younger Girl Scout Troop, who is interested in learning how to loom knit hats for charity.  These girls did a remarkable job- and donated the most hats we have ever received in a contribution!

This project was approximately 6 months long, including the researching and learning how to loom knit, with the biggest push beginning in November, 2014.  In addition to this charitable cause, these girls are involved in many other extra curricular activities.  We greatly appreciate all the girls in Troop 4134 for being such extraordinary, caring young ladies and  their troop leader and families for their support and values they instilled in these girls.

91 Children Hats

There are 91 hats for children cancer warriors.  There are all different sizes, that would fit the littlest toddler cancer warrior to the brave teenage cancer warrior, all whom will have their choice of color, texture and style of hat.



They made 111 hats for babies in the NICU.  These hats will fit micro preemie to some larger babies who are admitted to the NICU for medical reasons.  There are so many different combinations of colors and embellished with pom-poms, that we are sure the recipients and their families will feel special and loved.


The girls did not forget about our strong adult cancer warriors, either.  They made 16 hats for adults, both men and women, which is quite impressive as these hats tend to take more of a time commitment due to the larger size.

These hats will bring hope to 218 families- these young ladies are making a major impact and truly living the Girl Scout Law, “Make the World a Better Place”.   They are shining examples, and we thank each and every one in Girl Scout Troop 4134 and their families.

Our Perspective: Love in Action


We rang in 2015 with excitement, gratitude and love!  After about a 2 week break for holidays and family time, we are slowly adjusting back into our routines.  Vacations are needed to rejuvenate your souls and reconnect with loved ones.  But now it’s time to begin work with fresh enthusiasm.

Looking Back
Two years ago in January 2012, we began making hats and donating them to chemo centers.  We started as a group just trying to make a difference, supporting our loved ones as they fought cancer.  I can’t really articulate how I felt when I saw so much hope during such dark times – love in action.  Strangers would gather to love and spread hope to comfort cancer warriors and their families in their own special way.  A lady once graced the oncology center by towing her hefty harp and playing lovely, relaxing strings for the cancer warriors as they received their infusions of chemotherapy.  I was just so touched and moved seeing how the harpist affected everyone in the room with her talents and efforts.  I was inspired- spurred into doing something of my own to make a difference, but what?  I am not musically talented, nor artsy or crafty.  Well, a group of friends were loom knitting scarves and as I shared my encounters during my sister-in-law’s chemo treatments, we were inspired to make hats on the circular loom.  Like I said, I am not crafty by nature, but I was determined and had the support of a great group of friends and the helpful online loom knitting community.

Our Love in Action
And in two years, we are very proud that Knitting Rays of Hope was able to donate 2,290 hats to cancer warriors of all ages, babies in the NICU and a few other strong warriors fighting horrifying diseases!

Our web presence has also grown.   In 2012, this blog had a total of 6,004 views which grew to 74,975 views for 2014!  Our online friends, followers and connections have grown abundantly on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well. But most importantly, our team has magnified– we are receiving hats from other parts of the state and country because our team of contributors care and are making a difference!

Looking Forward
As we look forward, the cliche would be to set a goal for a number of hats for 2015, but I would rather make a resolution to increase the lives we touch by spreading love and hope, by making a difference in our world, both locally and online, by connecting with more friends and supporters.  I encourage all of you to get involved in something that brings joy to your soul by “giving back”.  Make a difference in your own way with your own talents.  If making a hat for cancer warriors or little babies in the NICU, speaks to you, we would love to receive your creations!

For more information, please visit our Get Involved Page or email us or comment below.

I wish you all the best as you go forth making a difference in our world.