Monday, September 08, 2008

Eight Hundred & Twenty

Total Hat Count: 820

2.73 times the original goal of 300.

Approximately 140 pounds. (That means 3 pieces of luggage devoted solely to hats.)
ETA: correct weight.

More than 90 individual knitters/crocheters.

Based on some very scientific figuring, we will have enough hats for...

.....the children and staff at the orphanage in Rivne (the original intended beneficiaries of the Hat Quest),
.....the children other children in the village where we will primarily be staying,
.....the children at another orphanage we will be visiting in another town.

Thank you seems inadequate but really, sincerely THANK YOU ALL! There are not words grand enough to tell you how awesome this project has been and how sincerely moving it is for me to see so many individuals come together from so many corners of the world for this project. I am moved and awed at your enthusiasm and generosity and sheer kindness and decency. Thank you all so much!

Here they are - 787 (which is what I had as of the deadline. The other 33 arrived in today's mail!)

Rear view (nifty, huh?)

An extra special thank you to Kaylee, Deb & Robin (pictured with the hats, below) who braved the absurdly hot Sunday morning with me yesterday and helped to create this display...which took nearly an hour!

Now, might I humbly suggest that each of you who have participated in this project in anyway find someone and show them the picture of the hats above and say proudly, "See? Look what we did!" and smile and hug them with the pride and enthusiasm of a new parent.

Thank You!!

Today's Quote

"Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize. " Norman Vincent Peale


kim said...

You should be so proud of what YOU have organized. It's truly amazing. Have a safe trip!

Anonymous said...

UNBELIEVABLE, ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!! What a precious show of love on the part of your knitters. There is a lot of warmth in all you have to give.

Nature Knitter's Mom [Betty Kaun]

Sarah said...

Wow! That's a lot of hats! Thanks for sharing your project with all of us knitters and crocheters. I really enjoyed knitting hats,and wish I'd had time to knit a few more.
Safe Journey,

Tactless Wonder said...

Wow...that is a whole lotta hats.

And you didn't think you'd get your original count! Tee hee...Get enough knitters to participate and you could take over the world...

Safe travels.

marit said...

You've done a great job organizing all this- and I love the photo:-)
Safe journey.

RC said...

Awesome picture!!!!
820. I'm stunned. 820 who woulda thunk?

RuthieJ said...

Wow Kristy! That is so tremendous! It's so wonderful that you have accomplished the task of getting these hats made and are undertaking the delivery of everything to the Ukraine. Thanks for allowing me to be a small part of it. You Rock!!

Anonymous said...

I think it is just wonderful that you are reaching out to the less fortunate children in the Ukraine. I would never have time to do what you do because I have to clean my house and feed my family!

Lori said...

Like the above comment, I too think it is just wonderful that you are reaching out to the less fortunate children in the Ukraine. I am so proud of you that you have listened to what God is calling you to do. I know that as strong as God is working in your life the devil is working too. Matthew 16:23 “Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

Kristy, keep your eyes on the Lord and he will bless you immensely. I love you!

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6

Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said...

WOW - that's a lot of hats! Well done you for completing this amazing task. I'm thrilled to be able to say I've played a small part in making this possible. WELL DONE YOU!