Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

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Hats by Betty

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We received another package from Betty Ann in Rhode Island and are just so appreciative of her and her creations!  We love when our team members keep a steady pace and send hats to be included in our monthly shipments — that way we can concentrate on the special requests that we so often receive.  I cannot thank you enough for helping us continue Knitting Rays of Hope and to spread hope, 1 hat at a time!
~Pali

Together as a Team

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In December, we shipped 109 children’s hats to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (link), and we received a Thank You letter that had some words we would like to share with you:

You’ve been directly involved in changing lives at Loma Linda University Health.  Together we’re bringing peace, joy and hope to our family of patients, students and educators.

I thought these words were profound, as this is definitely a team effort and I would like to thank you again for being a part of our team.  You make a difference with your support and really make an impact on the lives of others.  Though invisible and cannot be measured, Hope is absolutely a necessity.

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In 2014, I strongly encourage you to make a difference in your community.  If you would like to get involved with Knitting Rays of Hope, but don’t know how to make a hat, we have a tutorials page (link) full of YouTube video tutorials, that we’ve collected and thought were helpful when we began.  If you already know how to crochet, knit, loom knit or sew hats, and would like to send us your creations, please visit our Get Involved page (link) that provides all the information you need.

If yarn is not your thing, I understand but I urge you to find your passion and use it to make a difference for others!  You will find the rewards in your works.
~Pali

World Book Night 2014

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World Book Night is 4/23/14 and it’s time to apply, if you would like to be a book giver.

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the joy of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.  (link)

The deadline to apply to be a book is January 5th.  To apply online, please click here .

I have done this two times already and found it very rewarding.  The only thing that I donate is my time- to pick up the books and then distribute them.  20 books, that I chose from the 35 titles, are provided free of charge to distribute!  I encourage you to get involved- it’s a great program!
~Pali

Cute Hats Made by Betty Ann

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Betty Ann, from Rhode Island sent us these delightful hats for babies and children, which will be included in our December delivery.   Contributors, like Betty Ann, make the mission of Knitting Rays of Hope- to spread hope, 1 hat at a time, possible.  We are gaining momentum as more and more people decide they want to make a difference in spreading hope and contribute.  We are extremely grateful for our community and realize daily that we would not be able to do this without you!  I’m sending you a deep and sincere “Thank You”.  We love your support!
~Pali

Super Sweet!

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These beautiful hats were made by Joyce. She made hats and sweets to sell at an event to raise money for Knitting Rays of Hope. We were delighted to find out that she raised $75 dollars at the event. She told everyone about us, and her daughter even made the beautiful tags that are on the hats. The hats above are the extras that she had and donated to us as well. We are so entirely grateful to Joyce, and her daughter for raising such an incredible amount for us and spreading awareness.
~Vanessa

Mail from Wisconsin

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Marsha from Wisconsin made and mailed these hats to be included in our December’s delivery of hats.  Thank you Marsha for your continuous support and helping to make the holidays extra special for the children and babies who are sick.   We are very excited by all of the support we have been getting and hope that the support keeps growing and growing.  Thank you Marsha for these lovely hats and can’t wait to see what your third shipment will bring! 🙂
~Pali

Mickey Hat for Eli – Most Clicked Link

Last week we joined the Moogly & My Messy Life  link up party with our Mickey hat for Eli  (link) and are very excited that we received 1st place!  Yippee!

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The link up party basically is

“I depend more and more on your clicks – they help determine who gets featured each week! Remember that these links get twice the exposure – featured on both Moogly and My Merry Messy Life and on our social media sites, so joining up is a great way to get your site seen..” – Mooglyblog.com

We participate in the link up party for community and enjoy seeing the creations of others.  The link up party increases our traffic to the blog and gets our name out there.  The more we spread awareness, we hope the more people will want to help with our cause. We love watching  the WordPress map of clicks by countries light up.  We were so impressed that people from all over the world were interested enough to click on our blog.  We are excited and humbled.
~Pali

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A Note

I found this recently on the internet and thought it was very appropriate to us at  Knitting Rays of Hope.  We hope to inspire others to make a difference in their community.  Just a simple smile could help or make someone feel better.

We are currently in the midst of making lots of hats- we have received a lot of special requests and are also trying to make enough for the July delivery.  We hope to receive the donations to cover the shipping costs of the specially requested hats soon, so once they are done, we can ship them out timely.

If you want to get involved, please let us know.  We accept any hand made hat, any sized from baby to adults for both males and females.  Please be aware that all hats must be new, washable & smoke-free & pet hair-free.

You can make someone’s day, spread hope and make them smile.
~Pali

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Our Mike & Sully hats- Top Spot

Last week we joined the Moogly & My Messy Life  link up party with our Mike & Sully hats (link) and are very excited that we received 1st place!  Woot!  We are told by one of the hosts that our hats received double the clicks in the Link Up Party.  We are grateful for all of your support and interest to those who clicked on the link.

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“…every week we highlight both the most clicked link and those that we feel deserve to be in the spotlight. These links will get twice the exposure – featured on both blogs and on our social media sites, so joining up is a great way to get your site seen.” – Mooglyblog.com

We participate in the link up party for community and enjoy seeing the creations of others.  The link up party increases our traffic to the blog and gets our name out there.  The more we spread awareness, we hope the more people will want to help with our cause. We love watching  the WordPress map of clicks by countries light up.  We were so impressed that people from all over the world were interested enough to click on our blog.  We are excited and humbled.
~Pali

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Blast from the Past

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It’s a small world and it’s lovely when you are inspired to action!  A while back, when my sister-in-law was in the midst of her chemotherapy, my path crossed with a beautiful, young lady.

My sister-in-law and I were waiting for her chemo drugs to be mixed and did our routine of dropping off the loom knitted creations into the basket.  We usually did this together, since it allowed fellow chemo warriors to connect with Wanda.  I, in fact, would wait to make sure she was with me before I delivered hats- at that point, I was really hesitant about sharing our grassroots cause.  I didn’t want anyone to think I was doing this for the glory or to impress anyone and felt that if I spoke about it, people would think I am a “showy” type of person.  I also enjoyed how social Wanda could be, she would just walk in the room and infect everyone with her beautiful smile and positive attitude.  During these times, when we would do the deliveries (the placement of the hats into the basket), many people shared their stories with us and hugged us; you could see the comradery building and making each other stronger and more hopeful.  I enjoyed how it affected Wanda and her chemo sessions.

It was during one of these hat deliveries/chemo sessions, that I looked upon a beautiful face that seemed so familiar to me.  She must have recognized me as well because her auntie asked me if I was “me”.  I said, “Yes. I am “me”!”  And the auntie asked if I remembered Riddhi, her niece.  The minute she said her name, I remembered her, though I remember her by her nickname and about 4 or 5 years old, not 20 something.  Her family and my family were very close friends, and they are included in some of my fondest childhood memories.  Unfortunately, her uncle was also having chemotherapy.  We began talking and catching up; I think the uncle even wanted one of my chemo caps I made, which deeply touched me.  It was a great blast from the past.

Some time had passed, and sadly her uncle lost his battle to cancer.  We were connected a bit and followed each others’ lives through pictures online.  And in late December, my sister-in-law lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.  Life was difficult for both our families as we muddle through the after effects of cancer.   Recently, Riddhi reached out to me and was interested in donating her creations

I am so impressed by her hats: love the yarn- the colors and texture.  It’s great for the summer, not too warm, itchy or suffocating.  These hats are breathable and won’t make any heads sweat in the summer heat.  She learned from some of the YouTube tutorials we have on our blog.  She promised me she would continue and was inspired to be part of our team.

After our brief visit, I found myself reminiscing.  I remembered many good times with her and her family.  Her father was always one of my favorite “uncles”,  <close family friend>.  Even his name translates to happiness/ laughter, and I always remember having a great time when our families were together.  When we grew up and I was planning on marrying my high school sweetheart, we looked to him to help us find the perfect wedding rings.  He blessed us with a great ring and a really good deal, while always smiling.

I can’t wait to see more beautiful creations from my childhood friend and hope to be able to get reacquainted as adults.
~Pali