After over 40 years of nursing in many different capacities I had to stop working due to health issues. After kidney cancer, diabetes, Lupus and Heart issues. It's hard to come to a full stop after 40 years of caring for others. It felt weird. I knew I couldn't commit to a volunteer job outside my home, but one cold autumn day I decided what I COULD do was start making hats and scarves for the homeless in our community. I had no thought of doing any more than I myself could accomplish, but as word of mouth spread I had a few offers to help me from friends, and eventually an offer of monetary support to help buy yarn from another young friend of our family who has his own business.
That was about 18 months ago, and we have created this Foundation to help as many as we possibly can. I'm so proud of what we have been able to accomplish! With the help of others in the foundation this past week we delivered 111 sets of hats and matching scarves, 130 pairs of socks (purchased), 12 headbands, and 16 extra hats to those organizations which deal with the homeless and destitute. We have also donated to a Peru mission in the mountains and to what used to be Kitchener "Out of the cold" program.
Hand crafting takes time. A scarf can take 6-8 hours, a hat 2-3 hours. So, if anyone reading this would like to help us to "Comfort the Cold" please contact us and we will supply you with yarn and any other resources you may need to do the work. If you can knit or crochet you know how satisfying it is to create for others.
Meanwhile, I want to thank again every person who made one scarf/hat or 30. You are all wonderful.