Yes, it's been a case of 'who you know' not 'what you know'! Lol...
Judie Bellingham, who started the group, Sisters of Stitch, and who is involved in a number of other groups, including Sunshine Linus, had a dilemma. Lots of beanies are donated for patients who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy. Some of the beanies are not suitable and the hospitals are unable to take them. This has resulted in Judie's group having a stockpile of beanies without homes for them.
Then she remembered that I belonged to K4BN and at the last SOS get together, Judie asked if our group could use all of these beanies. You just KNOW what my answer was don't you? So Judie organised for a member of Sunshine Linus, to drop over to my place with a very large bag of beanies.
There can be a number of reasons why the beanies are not suitable for chemo caps. It could be the yarn (a bit rough), or the beanies could have seams which irritate tender scalps, but one big reason concerns the younger cancer patients. The teenagers prefer 'way out' beanies...conservative ones are not what these young ones want.
The handles of the (very heavy) bag were tied up with this...
As you can see, it wasn't a small bag!
Undo the zipper and look inside....
But you can't really see anything that well, so I tipped out all the bags and loose beanies and put them into stacks of 10.
No wonder the bag was so heavy...there are 370 beanies of sizes varying from premmie to adult and 4 pairs of bedsocks! This will certainly swell the total number of donations given to K4BN so far in 2013.
Thank you so much Judie, for thinking of us and those people whom we help!