January 2019 was our first month as a group. I can’t believe in such a short time what blessings have happened in our group. Besides the 65 hats we donated to the kids at the local women’s shelter, we donated 150 NICU baby hats to local hospitals and 25 activity books to the children’s hospital.
One member donated 33 red baby hats to a local hospital to be worn on Valentine’s day and was featured on their Facebook page.
The baby hats will be an ongoing project for our group. I have a tote that we will fill with baby hats and once full, we will bring them to the hospital. Baby hats are super easy to make. The loom is so small, you can take your project with you on the go.
Not only did the kids, teens and adults loom knit baby hats, but the kids also helped make activity books for children at the hospital. Each activity book contains 4-5 basic coloring pages with a colorful cover decorated by our kids. Each book has 3-4 crayons taped to each book. While the children at the hospital are waiting in the waiting rooms and such, they can have one of these activity books as their own to color and keep.
The hospital’s requirement is to use either pages from a basic coloring book, or print outs that are half sheet sized 5.5 x 4.25 inches. We would love to make more of these books on a regular basis. It is a good way for our kids to help us craft blessings. If you’d like to help us by donating paper, crayons or ink for our printer, we have an Amazon wish list of these items and more: http://a.co/gxuv6jj. Any items will be shipped directly to me for use in the group.
The kids had fun coloring the cover pages and helping to assemble the books. It was a great way for the kids to learn what it means to bless others. As my kids were helping me, we talked about how the kids at the hospital would feel when they got their own activity book.
I encourage you to contact your local hospital and find out what items they need and their requirements for the items.
Baby hats are super easy to make! Here is my video tutorial to help you get started in blessing others.
This month has been a whirlwind! Just a few short weeks ago I had a dream to started a group of like minded people to help craft blessings for others. Many have not only stepped up to the plate, but have knocked it out of the park. While researching ways we can help in our local community, I reached out to our local women’s shelter. SaveHaven has been on my radar for the past several years. Every Christmas my playdate group adopts a family at the shelter. We fulfill the family’s Christmas wish list including basic need items and toys as well. SaveHaven in Tarrant County (Texas) provides services at no cost to domestic violence victims, including a crisis hotline, counseling, two emergency shelters in Arlington and Fort Worth, and many other services.
When I inquired about the kids currently in the shelter, the Community Coordinator gave me a list of all the kids by sex and age. There were 54 kids at the time with ages ranging from newborn to 17 years old. It was the week before Christmas, I had just started loom knitting and I had no clue how long 54 hats would take me to knit. I started them anyway. At the time, I hadn’t even told anyone about the group I was about to start. I trusted that God would show me the way, so I keep on knitting. At our first meeting, I showed some of the ladies one new stitch to add to the baby hat ewrap stitch they had just learned and how to read my very roughly written patterns. Ladies gladly stepped up and took on the task of helping loom knit 54 hats ASAP. Thanks to $60 in donations I had received that week, I was able to give yarn to ladies in our group.
The next week I emailed SaveHaven to make sure the count was still the same. The lady responded that a “few” more had come to the shelter. A “few” more ended up being 11 more kids. I reached out to the group and without question, ladies took on the task of knitting even more hats. We quickly finished up all 65 hats and brought them to SaveHaven this week. Though we were not able to knit hats for adults at the shelter, we will do something special for them in the future. We ask that you join us in saying a special prayer for the moms and kids currently at the shelter.
If you would like to help out in your community, consider reaching out to your closest women’s shelter or homeless shelter. If you would like to donate to our group to help purchase supplies, that would appreciated as well.
Crafting Blessings first meeting was a success! 15 eager crafters joined together to learn how to loom knit baby hats. Our January 2019 project, the first ever for Crafting Blessings, is loom knitting baby hats to be donated to Children’s Health in Dallas, TX. Most were nervous about learning a new skill and skeptical about their ability to learn and complete our first project. As the teacher, I felt like I was the leader of the Skeptics Anonymous group from the Ebates commercial. But an hour or so later, our new loomers were looming away! Among the 15 crafters, we had 5 tween/teen youngsters. It absolutely melts my heart to see young ladies (or gentlemen) with hearts for service AND learning new skills. We have another meeting later in the month, where more crafters will be learning how to loom knit. We also have crafters that can’t make it to the meetings but are learning from my videos, located in the tutorials tab. I can’t wait to see the finished blessings at the end of the month.
Want to help out your local children’s hospital? First, give them a call and see what items they accept since each hospital has different requirements. Then start with this super simple video tutorial and start loom knitting away!