The cooler weather has arrived and it's prime chemo cap season! Delaware Head Huggers and cancer centers across the globe are in need of chemo caps. There are so many ways you can help and so many people have asked me what they can do to support our mission that I thought I'd do a blog post listing all the places you can find us and how you can help in a way that works best for you.
It doesn't take much to help. It can be as simple as commenting or sharing a social media post to raise awareness for the need of chemo caps. It can be making hats, donating financially or just cheering us on.
Costs are higher than you may realize. I shipped 2 large boxes of hats out this week, both to cancer centers close to me, and the postage was $62. Shipping to other areas costs even more. Since we started, I have shipped out over 37,700 caps - to people all over the country. My family and I do this because we feel it is important and we do it with love. It's really a full time job for me, yet I don't get paid. All hats ship completely free of charge to any center or individual who needs them.
My patterns are mostly published free here and then PDF compilations are sold to those who want to support us. I try hard to design hats for all tastes and to make the patterns easy to understand and follow. It's important to have them adaptable for any yarn in your stash, so I add information for different yarn weights. A lot of work goes into each pattern. I have over 250 designs out there. Many thousands of people have used them to spread love and kindness.
Necessary supplies include a tag for each hat.
Since covid, each hat now gets bagged individually.
Shipping boxes, packing tape, printer ink and paper are also all needed. Not to mention YARN!
On the right side of the blog there is a "Donate Now" button that allows you to donate via PayPal.
There is also a link to my Ravelry patterns and an immediate link to purchase my latest pattern book. All pattern sales are put right back into shipping and supply costs.
Pattern books, both e-book and paperback, can be purchased on Amazon as well.
I also sell patterns and nature notecards and calendars and DEHH stickers in my Etsy store. All proceeds from those sales go right back into running DEHH.
If you want to help support us in other ways, please join our Facebook page and see all the beautiful hats that are donated. Visit our Website. Follow us on Instagram or Twitter. Share, comment and like posts to spread the word about the need for chemo caps. Tell your friends about us. You never know who else may want to get involved.
Remember, just ONE skein of yarn is needed to make a difference in someone's life. I bet you have a skein of yarn lying in your stash that you could use to help someone through a difficult time.
Do you have an extra skein of yarn in your stash? Just one?
Did you know that you can make a hat with that?
Did you know that each year about 650,000 people receive chemotherapy in the United States alone?
Did you know that many people lose their hair and feel terribly cold all the time from the effects of the chemotherapy drugs?
Did you know that chemo caps are needed in all colors, styles and sizes? For children and adults? For men and women? At all times of the year?
Did you know that people battling cancer spend so much money on treatment costs that it is often a financial hardship for them to purchase a hat?
Did you know that a handmade hat can bring comfort, security, warmth, beauty, hope, cheer and love to someone fighting cancer?
Do you know how important it is for cancer warriors to know that others are thinking of them and wishing them well?
Do you really have anything better to do with that skein than make a chemo cap for someone?
Join us and spread hugs, hope and love......one hat at a time.