Happy Clappy Crochet

Celebrating Crochet with a Positive Spin

New Year 2015 – Hats for Halos of Hope

on December 22, 2014

For the past couple of years, the first item I’ve crocheted in the new year was a hat to donate to Halos of Hope.  Halos of Hope was started by my friend, Pam Haschke, for a simple reason.  While she was going through treatments for her cancer, she received some hand-made hats. Knowing how those hats uplifted her spirit, she decided to create a non-profit to pass that idea along. Halos collects hand-made hats – knit, crocheted, or sewn – and distributes them to ” as many cancer centers, oncology and radiation clinics and cancer non-profits across the country as we can.”  

I first found out about Halos of Hope in the summer of 2011, when I first started attending open stitch night at my LYS. Very soon after that, my family found out my mom was dealing with a 3rd round of cancer, and this one would require chemo and radiation. Pam let me pick a couple hats to give to my mom, and the ladies were a huge physical and emotional support for me, which helped me be a huge physical and emotional support for my mom.

While I sat at the oncology center every Wednesday for 5 to 6 hours with my mom, I crocheted hats for Halos. I would turn them in either at my local LYS, which was a collection center for hats, or I would save them to donate to Halos at Stitches Midwest.

In late 2012, I decided that I wanted to start the new year by thinking of others, so I vowed that the first thing I would crochet and finish in 2013 would be a hat to donate for Halos. I like the mindset that it gives me for the year – to create for others cheers my soul.  I did the same think for the start of 2014, and I plan on doing the same exact thing for 2015.

You may think making a hat to donate to a stranger isn’t that big of a deal.  But that hat… that hat means so much more than a physical item.  That hat contains prayers of love and support in every stitch.  That hat means tenderness, wishes for well-being, and a ray of hope that someone cares when life has punched you in the gut. Cancer has affected my family 5 times; I, myself, had thyroid cancer in 2008. I know what it feels like to hear the words, “You’ve got cancer.” It is life altering. If I can make hats that will cheer up a child or adult who is going through treatment, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time. Making hats for Halos is how I celebrate being cancer free for 6 years, and how I celebrate my mom being cancer free for 2 years.

So once again, I’m crocheting hats for the new year.  If you can, please join me. You may never know whose life you touch with your hand-made gift, but sometimes knowing the gift will put a smile on someone’s face is enough of a reward.

 

If you would like to find out more about Halos of Hope, please check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/halosofhope/timeline

 

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