Monday, November 09, 2015

City of Hope Valentine's Day Delivery - 2015 Report + Looking Forward to to 2/14/16

Love Scarf delivery for 2015 was done on February 13th this year since Valentine's Day fell on the weekend when staffing is more limited.  Also patients sometimes go home for weekends, if they are well enough, so we got to touch more patients by going on Friday. Love Scarf delivery for 2016 will be on February 12th.

We got to see a lot of patients.  We always ask if they'd like a hug, and many of them do want one.  Here was one beautiful hug by our Best Love Scarf Hugger, Shannon.

We always end up having JUST ENOUGH scarves and hats for everyone to have their favorite color -- or very close.  Susie Fry Littlefield who has been one of our most prolific donors -- she knits AND she inspires many to knit for us! -- laid out some of her group's 2015 donations in the next three photos.  Wow, right?!

This was the very first donation to arrive for the 2015 delivery. Many come with just the most precious notes, the sentiments of which we pass on with the scarves and hats.

Around this time of year, I start to freak out that there won't be enough donations.  Over the weekend I was having a little anxiety attack about it and this photo came in from Sharon Euler, one of our most prolific knitters.  Check out her post to the Facebook Group (please join us at Love Scarf Project on Facebook):
"I was out and about this afternoon and stopped at a garage sale in my neighborhood. When I told them I was using the yarn to make chemo caps - they gave me whole box.  So grateful. I have some knitting to do."
Sharon has ALREADY knit all of these hats!!!!!!
Thank God for Sharon and Susie!   But we always need more donations of scarves and hats!  At the end of our rounds, the pickings get slimmer for their favorite colors.   Also, the very excellent news is that the left over scarves and hats are left with the hospital.  Throughout the rest of the year, they give care packages to the patients when they are struggling or feeling down.  The Love Scarf hats and scarves are put in the packages.
I once went to a friend's book signing in Santa Monica, CA.  In the line waiting to have our books signed, the woman in front of me started talking about knitting, so I told her about the project.  She became emotional immediately because HER FATHER had received a care package when he was at City of Hope.  He still wears his scarf and hat knowing that they were made with LOVE.
So, your donations make a difference.  If you don't knit or crochet, please pass the word!
With love and gratitude to you all!

A Tiny Detour + a LOVEly Little Redirect

If you are looking for the Love Scarf Project site, please click on this link:

But while you are here check out this box of yarn found by one of our top donors, Sharon Euler, at a garage sale.  She told the woman at the sale that she would buy some for the Love Scarf Project and the woman gave her the whole box!!!!  Talk about LOVE!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Christmas LSP Delivery - Edwards Hospital

We gathered together around 100 pieces to give to the cancer patients at Edwards Hospital in the suburbs of Chicago.  We caroled and handed out the scarves and saw many tears.  It was very rewarding to gather hand knit items from around the world (Turkey! Spain!) and give them to those receiving infusions days before Christmas.

We made a little video so that all of you who sent in items could be a part of it:


Monday, November 17, 2014

Lion Brand Studio

The Lion Brand Studio in NYC Has the most PERFECT window to match our project! Knitting for Charity!

Can you believe that is ENTIRELY knitted?

Send NYC scarves and hats to:

Glass Posse
PO BOX 1151
LIC NY 11101

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Spread the word! Share this video!

This holiday season, donate a hand knit/crocheted scarf or hat to a cancer patient spending time in the hospital.

Send all handmade items by December 5th to:

PO BOX 1151
LIC NY 11101

Each donor will be entered into a prize raffle to win a few VLOGGY prizes.

Side project: We will be yarn bombing an abandoned playground, so please send in swatches too!  If you want to add to the PRIZE booty that is also welcome!


Monday, November 03, 2014

NEW YORK CITY Love Scarf Project


Knit/Crochet a scarf or hat to give to a cancer patient this holiday season!

Send in all items by December 5th:

LSP c/o Glass Posse
PO BOX 1151
LIC NY 11101


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 at City of Hope

It was a spectacular Valentine's Day for all of us delivery people -- Karen, Elisa, Elizabeth and me.  The patients were so incredibly moved by each and every scarf.  Even when their energy was profoundly compromised they all lit up at least a little when they got to choose their very favorite colors.  And, we had plenty of red and pink, which tend to be grabbed up fast on Valentine's Day, to last until the very last patient's room was visited.

There were lots of hugs, smiles and tears all around.  And, one of the best parts is hearing the stories.  Sometimes they just want to tell the story of their journey that brought them from what they thought was perfect health to the City of Hope.  They also love to tell us how well cared for they are at COH.

All the scarves are cleaned and put into plastic bags so that they can see all their options.  We gave everyone the option to take a scarf and a hat, and to also choose something for their mom, wife or husband who might be visiting or coming later in the day to celebrate Valentine's Day.   Some of the men gave us the biggest grins of the day when we told them they didn't have to go shopping for Valentine's Day!  They loved picking out the perfect scarf or hat for their loves.

It was a truly magical day for all of us.

Elisa with the magic scarf delivery wagon!


One of the patients who LOVED his hat and scarf!  He chose Valentine's Day colors!


The delivery crew:  Karen, Elisa Bruley and Elizabeth Keyishian Wilks

Bridget (middle) with patient and his family.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Project Love Scarf Delivery to City of Hope 2013

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since Robbie died and we had our ninth The Love Scarf Project delivery at City of Hope.  We arrived on Valentine’s Day to a very appreciative group of patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.  Robbie’s spirit is definitely with us as we go from patient to patient spreading as much love and joy as possible.

This was the first year that we had donations come from beyond the U.S.  These yummy hats came all the way from India even -- inspired by a post on Facebook by a fan of our project, Maureen Charles.

The majority of this year’s scarves and hats – three big boxes full! – came from Nara Dunkerson who rallied the kids from Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Glendale California.  Kids and adults ended up knitting because of her infectious love and enthusiasm for the project.  Nara has been a huge champion and knitter for Love Scarf since the early days.  A group of several kids helped me load the boxes into my car and they were so incredibly joyous to be of service.  Their hearts and faces were beaming with pride.

Delivery day was amazing because we were able to visit and give big hugs to many of the patients and their families.  One woman is the only person in their large family that knows of her sister’s cancer and is supporting her single-handedly through it.  Another young woman had started her own charity to empower girls when she was diagnosed.  She was always a stand for girl power and her diagnosis spurred her on to encourage girls to appreciate their lives and grab their power.   Each patient was so inspiring.

It was another RED year!  We ran out of red scarves toward the end of our tour of two floors, but even still everyone found a scarf – or scarves – and/or hat(s) that they loved.

When we go into the rooms we ask the patient what their favorite color or colors are, and bring them lots of choices in that range of colors.  We had a couple of men who didn’t have a favorite color, and they looked at us slightly baffled, but had great humor about it, and were delighted to make a choice that was right for them…and get a good hug too!

It was a truly love-filled Love Scarf Project 2013.   We look forward to 2/14/14!  

If you know of someone who knits or crochets, please pass on the word as we take donations all year round, amassing as many scarves as we can so that all the patients are delighted with their choices and can feel loved every time they use their hat or scarf.
A great article about last year's delivery made it into the City of Hope Newsletter.