"Approximately 150 Kentucky kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. Kentucky children have a greater proportion of new solid malignancy cancer cases than anywhere else in the United States."
~ UK Pediatric Research Institute
This is the statement that has birthed what we are calling Project 150. So what is Project 150? Well it all starts with an idea, a point of connection, and one very ambitious little girl.
About a month ago my husband and I were throwing around the idea of doing a family service project, we talked it over with our kids and they were all really excited about it. While we were trying to figure out what we should do for our project I came across the above quote, and read it to my 5 year old Jesse. Boy did she get excited! You see Jesse was named after a very dear friend of mine from childhood, who passed away from cancer, and every few years I grow out my hair and shave it all off to donate to Locks of Love in her memory. So Jesse knows a lot about cancer and what people who have it have to go through. She also knows how to knit hats. She now has a point of connection with all 150 kids around the state of KY. She decided that we NEED to make a hat for all 150 kids... by Thanks Giving, because "that's when it will be getting too cold to not have one if you are bald." She has also decided that she would like to try to raise enough money to cover the cost of medical care for one child. The average cost of cancer treatment in 2010 is $36,800. Like I said, she is one ambitious little girl!
So how do we plan to do this? Can one 5 year old really make 150 hats and raise over $36,000 in 2 months? Probably not, not all by herself anyway. Though she and her siblings do intend to sit outside local grocery stores and other local businesses to raise the money. Her little hands just aren't that quick at knitting yet. So this is where we at Two Moms come in. We have decided to start a program called Hats of Hope, and our first project is going to be Project 150, Jesse's project! We are going to be donating hats from our inventory, and making more along with her to reach her goals, but this is still not going to be enough. We need more man (or woman) power!
So here's the deal, (and this is really exciting for us!) Two Moms is going to be offering free hat making lessons to anyone who is willing to learn! We will be booking Hat Making Parties all month and through to December to teach anyone who wants to learn how to make hats. We will come to you, and it is TOTALLY FREE! When you book a party with us, we will send you a list of hats and the supplies you will need to have for each style of hat, than we come to your house, church, small group, or any other meeting place that works for you and we give the lessons. All we ask in return is that everyone in your party donates their first hat to Hats of Hope for Project 150. That's it! If anyone would like to continue making hats to donate, we will leave our contact information, but that is up to the individual.
If you are interested at all in booking a hat making party, please contact us ASAP at TwoMomsLtd@gmail.com! You will be helping a great cause, having a ton of fun with your friends and you will have a great new skill for Christmas this year!
Thanks everyone! We look forward to seeing you at a party soon!