201 hats go to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis in March

On Friday, March 29, 2013, we presented the Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota - Minneapolis with 201 hats.


Let that sink in for a minute.

We donated 201 hats. In our third month of operation. Amy and I are so amazed.

Those two big boxes included lots of hats (with a few matching baby doll hats and purses!) and scarves.

We know a lot of you are praying over the hats as you create them, and it wasn't easy envisioning the wee little heads that will be wearing these hats that we donated to the Children's Hospital. But thank you for all that you've done. We plan to keep donating to the Children's Hospital on a regular basis. (We're waiting to hear back from them on how often they could use donations.) I have a personal connection with this hospital, in particular, as my sister-in-law was treated for leukemia as a child there, and her son has been treated for kidney disease there since he was a baby. I know the heartache that accompanies a chronically sick child, and I am glad that Team Yarn can provide some comfort through our hats and other handmade items.

Children's Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Jenna Van Proosdy said, "Thanks for your generous donation and beautiful hats." She also mentioned that the fun hats always go fast.

Here are a few facts about Children's cancer program:

-When cancer or a blood disorder affects a child, teen or adolescent in Minnesota, they most often are cared for at Children’s. We care for more than 55 percent of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders in Minnesota.
-Nearly 900 children are admitted as inpatients to Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Program annually.
-The C.H. Robinson Infusion Center (where kids receive chemo treatments and blood transfusions) receives more than 5,000 outpatient visits each year.
-More than 1,200 cancer surgeries and procedures are performed at Children's each year, making us the largest provider of cancer surgeries in the Upper Midwest. 
Our little helper

Jenna said that fun hats like these are sure to go quick.

Thank goodness for dollies! (We sure missed your help, Brad!)

Playing music in the skyway

That's what 201 hats looks like!


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