One day while working on a crochet project I was thinking about a conversation R and I had had awhile back. In the area where we live in it is not uncommon to see someone down on their luck standing on the lane dividers at intersections asking for any help people are willing to give. Now, I know there are some individuals who will do this even when they don’t “need” it or that will scoff if they think you gave them to little of an amount but every time he mentions that someone is standing there my heart suffers a sadness. One of my greatest wishes is for everyone to be comfortable in life. To not have to worry about if they will eat today or whether they will have a place to sleep tonight or if they will have to sleep outside and battle whatever weather we may be having. To feel safe and warm.
While sitting there I was trying to figure out a way I could help…..and then the light bulb went off. The answer was literally right in front of me. I may not have anything to give money wise but I do have yarn. I can crochet. I then went on to think of what I could make. At first I thought about mats crocheted using plastic grocery bags like I had heard about on Facebook but quickly realized as awesome as that would be it was just not something I felt I could tackle on my own. The turn around of finishing one would take me an enormous amount of time due to what it took to simply prepare the bags to crochet. So for now that thought has been filed in the brain box to possibly be revisited another day. It was then that I thought about how uncomfortable it can be outside when it gets cold. Another light bulb. Hats. I could make hats.
I am not the fastest crocheter but I have decided to challenge myself to make a minimum of one hat a day. 365 hats in a year? I think I can do that.
Project decided, I then thought about how I would want to hand them out. Not being able to drive or navigate unfamiliar areas on my own put some limitations on my options so I thought about who could do the that part of the “leg work” and I immediately thought about local charities. From there this is what I decided…
- I want to keep a small box in our car and when he sees someone while we are out and about down on their luck I want to give them a hat, thoughtful words and a smile. And…
- I am going to pick 2 charities/organizations (Links to their websites are below) and I am going to start making donations. As of right now I plan to alternate yearly between the two. If I am able to crank out more hats that I am anticipating then I will divide them between the two charities.
It may be a small gesture but if I can help even one person be warm and not have to make the decision of whether they will eat today (or for several days) or use the money they have collected to buy a cheap hat to help keep them warm than I will be happy.
Horizon House: Website
Wheeler Mission Ministries: Website
Acknowledgements: I would like to thank R, my family and all of my friends who have been so supportive with this decision. I would especially like to thank my book sisters from Bink’s Clubhouse for helping me decide what to call this hat adventure that I am going on. They made name suggestions and then voted on favorites. A special hat tip to Manda Laurie for suggesting “From Netta, With Love”.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”