We've been a little quiet here lately, but that doesn't mean we've slowed down at all! The Hats Off to Liz team has been as busy as ever since our last update way back in January. In fact, we just recently donated 87 chemo caps to Credit Valley Hospital, bringing our grand total up to 479! Most of our hats go to Credit Valley, which is where Liz was treated, but we have also sent some special requests to as far away as Queensland, Australia and Baltimore, Maryland this year.
In addition to the chemo cap part of our work, we also still regularly send infant loss items--blankets & hat sets and burial buntings--to Credit Valley Hospital for their Infant Bereavement Program. Unfortunately the need is so great, they are always pleased when we send a bag of these tiny infant loss items their way. They are definitely a work of heart.
2013 has been a banner year for donations! While no corporate donations from yarn manufacturers have come our way, we've been fortunate to have received enough yarn donations from friends and family members to keep us going since the beginning of the year--we haven't had to purchase any yarn for the group since 2012! Many thanks to Beth Allan, Lori Bianco, Shirley Finkelstein, Donna Fitzgerald, Doreen Amato, Shirley Shearer, Carmie Domet, Elizabeth Tait and Lynn Kozak for the cozy balls and skeins you've lovingly sent our way this year.
Of course since we love yarn, it's hard to resist buying it when we see a good deal, so thanks to the Hats Off team for the yarn I know you buy with your own money in between Yarnapalooza events. You are generous in every single way--both with your talent and time and with your yarn buying!
As the weather starts to grow cooler, we will no doubt find more time to sit inside with our needles and hooks. Fall is the perfect time to snuggle in and get cozy with yarn, and we'll happily continue to make these much-needed comfort items in memory of our sweet friend Liz.
We had a full house at yarn central yesterday! And by the time the needles had stopped clicking, the yarn had stopped flying, and the crochet hooks were tucked safely away, we had 60 chemo caps, 18 infant loss hat & blankie sets (plus four additional blankets and eight additional hats), and one deep blue lapghan.
Seems like a pretty successful day to me, if I do say so myself!
Of course we didn't make all this in one day. The Hats Off team members have been busy all summer knitting and crocheting these gorgeous treasures which will be donated to Credit Valley Hospital in the coming weeks.
As an added bonus, a staff member from Volunteer Halton was on hand yesterday to take a few pictures of the group in action. We'll be featured on their website in early October, which we hope will help to generate some yarn donations - or maybe even some hat and infant loss item donations. Fingers crossed!
Before we parted for the day we raised our glasses in a toast to Liz, who passed away one year ago today. I lost a friend, but it occurred to me yesterday, as I sat in my family room listening to the laughter of lovely, funny, dedicated women now united in a common crafty cause, that Liz has managed to bring new friends (and old) into my life since she had to leave it on that pretty September day last year. And I am, once again, so grateful to her for the gift of friendship.
Thanks again to Kathy, Lynda, Gaile, Denise, Stacy, Melinda, and Elizabeth for spending the afternoon playing yarns with me; and to Jennifer, Catherine, Bridget and Leah for donating from afar. And, of course, thank you all so much for the beautiful handmade items you made with so much love!