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Knots of Love, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss. Knots of Love has distributed nearly ½ million handmade beanies, blankets, and other items that have brought smiles to children, veterans, women, and men in 50 states - all at no cost to the hospitals or the patients.

Results: Thanks to you, your support has a repeatedly played a key role in our success of gifting over: 500,000 caps to men and women and children battling cancer. 80,000 NICU blankets to precious new lives incubators. 90,000 caps to Veterans. 71,000 caps to children.

Target demographics: Men, women and children feel comfort and warmth as they undergo Chemotherapy.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1/2 million people.

Geographic areas served: Cancer Patients across the United States

Programs: Knots of Love is a longstanding 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Costa Mesa, CA whose mission is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss. Knots of Love has distributed nearly ½ million handmade beanies, blankets, and other items that have brought smiles to children, veterans, women, and men in 50 states - all at no cost to the hospitals or the patients.

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found a place that lets me do what I love! Knots of love takes my knitting and crocheting projects and places them with someone who is having a difficult time dealing with Cancer. I love how my enjoyment becomes a gift for someone who needs it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nonprofit Knots of Love:

Knots of Love is an extraordinary charity, and its founder, Christine Fabiani, is an extraordinary woman. She is an inspiration to all of us who volunteer for her charity, Knots of Love. Knots of Love is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3. Christine Fabiani created Knots of Love in 2007 after knitting caps for her son’s friend. He was going through chemotherapy and losing his hair. This was an “aha” moment for Christine. She recognized the need to provide comfort to the heads and hearts of those who had lost their hair through chemotherapy or other illnesses. That was to become the goal of Christine’s charity, Knots of Love. Knots of Love was born and given life. Knots of Love has given back to the communities of cancer patients, neonatal babies, veterans, and patients of other debilitating illnesses.

I first became aware of this exceptional charity at the Orange County Fair in 2010. I approached their table and learned about the charity, the mission, and the incredible opportunity for me to give to those in need. Here was a chance to combine my love of knitting and contribute to a worthy altruistic project. I was hooked and I have been knitting caps for Knots of Love since that day. Since that first Orange County Fair encounter, I have volunteered on Friday shipping days. I am now one of the contact people on the other side of the table at the Orange County Fair. I am always recruiting people to create caps for Knots of Love. I am always searching for ways to support, fund, and perpetuate this worthy charity.

Knots of Love is a charity that gives truly from the heart. Hundreds of knitters and knotters (crochet crafters) all over the United States create adorable caps, beautiful caps, patriotic caps, and blankets for neonatal intensive care unit babies. These creations are sent to Knots of Love free of charge. Not only do volunteers create these items, they donate the entire cost of the materials and the shipping to Knots of Love headquarters. Volunteers absorb the cost that goes to the manufacturing of the caps and blankets and the mailing of them to Knots of Love. The Knots of Love makers themselves encumber those costs. Imagine people all over the United States, independently creating items to donate to Knots of Love. That is what happens and is the real story of Knots of Love. It is truly a grass roots effort. Those of us who are the creators and the donators are inspired by Christine’s message and her giving nature. We want to give, too. We want to give comfort, too. As she says, “One head, one heart at a time.”

How are all of these caps sent from all over the United States dispersed? Volunteers meet every Friday for mailing day. Ten to twelve volunteers meet at Knots of Love headquarters, which is Christine’s home, to prepare for the mailing of over 1,000 caps and NICU blankets. Caps are packed twenty to a box. That translates to over 50 boxes mailed each week. Several of these volunteers have been involved in shipping day from the onset. That is a thirteen-year commitment and dedication. These incredible volunteers are committed to keeping Knots of Love moving forward. Those involved in shipping day make sure caps are sent to infusion centers, hospitals, oncology offices, neonatal intensive care units (NICU), and veterans’ administration offices. The shipping cycle to these locations repeats every eight to ten weeks. A new set of caps is sent to those infusion centers, hospitals, oncology offices, and veterans’ administration offices because Knots of Love knows those treatment centers will have new patients needing new caps and comfort. The donation cycle repeats because the need repeats. Knots of Love has given away 498,945 caps and blankets. The half million mark should be reached within the next two weeks.

It is important to point out the ramifications of the number 498,945. Each and every person of the 498,945 has a story to tell. Each and every person has had a medical trauma that has affected their life and the lives of their loved ones. Each and every person has also been affected by Knots of Love because each and every person was a Knots of Love recipient. The magnitude of this outreach is astounding. The magnitude of Knots of Love, and its founder Christine Fabiani, is equally astounding. The testimonials from recipients support this. Weekly, Christine posts on the Knots of Love website communications from cap recipients and donation location personnel. It is humbling to read the posts and recognize the impact of our donations. The postings are also impetus for all of us to keep on knitting and knotting for Knots of Love, for Christine, and for the dear cap and blanket recipients. It is our hope, that in no small measure, we have been able to give comfort. The comfort, the esthetic, and the joy these recipients experience tell the impact of Knots of Love and the dedication of its founder, Christine Fabiani, has had.


What is also amazing is the fact that Christine personally contacts each donor to let that donor know where the donated caps went. This personal touch is the keystone of this charity and shows Christine’s commitment to giving and supporting her givers. After each of my donations, I look forward to that personal call from Christine. I love hearing where my donated caps are going. This knowledge adds to my sense of purpose, and it stimulates me to continue to contribute.

This grant would provide the much needed funding to keep Knots of Love viable. The grant would provide weekly mailing costs and packaging supply costs.

What is the community this charity serves? It is a community of everyone. It is the community of cancer patients and their families. It is the community of premature infants and their families. It is the community of veterans and their families.

It is also the community of makers. Many of the makers have become friends over the years. We meet on shipping Fridays. We volunteer at the Knots of Love table at the Orange County Fair. We come together at the annual tea, last year attended by the hundreds of makers. Some meet once a month to create caps and socialize. Every year we attend an Angels baseball game, sit together, and make caps.

Christine’s biggest challenge is to keep up the ongoing funding of the charity. The source of funding is through donations. Christine has been very clever in searching out funding sources. She has aligned the charity with Ralph’s Market and Amazon Smile. A percentage of purchases go directly to Knots of Love. She has set up a monthly donation program so individuals, such as myself, can contribute to this charity regularly.

Knots of Love is Christine’s passion, and it is also her job. She is the only employee, as director, of the charity. To say she goes beyond her “every day” job is an understatement. She lives and breathes Knots of Love 24/7.

If you can imagine one woman with a vision, and that woman takes that vision and impacts the lives of 498,945 people, then you have the vision of Christine Fabiani.

It is with great love and pride that I nominate Knots of Love as one of the Top-Rated GREATNONPROFITS,

Karen Kirby
kirbycrusr@att.net
Mission Viejo, CA

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sending hats to Knots of Love with a focus on children and veterans undergoing cancer treatment.
I particularly enjoy selecting colors suggested by KOL that represent the various branches of service. The hats are distributed to veterans all over the US.
It's such a treat to get feedback on where the items have gone.
1 skein makes two beanies so the cost is a pittance compared to the value of the recipient's service.

Brenda K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knots of Love helps so very many people in the hardest times of their lives. The sweet gesture of a hand made hat or neonatal baby blanket let’s people know that they are not alone. People who never meet each other are caring about each other. In this time of strife in our country thinking and caring about each other is the most important thing we need to do. Thank you Knots of Love for providing me as a crocheter a way to reach out and help other people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Knots of Love ❤️ during their second year. I am a knitter and wanted to try my hand and making chemo caps. Christine (the founder) is so altruistic and her generosity is contagious. This is the most heartfelt group and I am grateful to being a contributor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a Knots of Love volunteer in 2019 after reading a brief news article about a woman and her project to donate hand crocheted and knitted caps to cancer patients. Over the years, I've seen this charity grow and grow due to the enthusiasm generated by its Founder, Christine Fabiani, who has inspired the support of hundreds of knitters and crocheters across the country. The result is nearly half a million handmade caps delivered to hospitals, cancer centers, and oncologist's offices,free of charge to patients in every state in the U.S. who have endured traumatic hair loss.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Very caring personnel non-profit, lots of info on what is required and getting out to veterans, cancer patients, etc.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the sweetest charity providing an outlet for knitters and knotters and providing knitted items free of charge for cancer patients, veterans and at risk newborns all across the country. Something as simple as a knit cap can make a difference to someone going through a very scary time. Christine puts all of her heart and soul (and sweat) into the charity that she founded. I am so honored to be able to donate financially and with my knitting to Knots of Love.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a leader of Warm Hands-Warm Hearts Knitting & Crocheting Chrisian Group, I have had many heartwarming thoughts for Knots of Love. Our group makes and donates every item that we make and Knots of Love is the one that we give most of our hats and blankets to. As we make each stitch, we say a prayer for the individual who will receive our items. Christine, founder of Knots of Love is so compassionate and loving with this organization and she personally makes a phone call or email to every individual who contributes their items. What a challenge this must be for Christine, and it is always a pleasure to hear her sweet voice. Hats off to Knots of Love!

LA F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knots Of Love changed my life. Before I got involved in Knots Of Love I felt like something was missing in my life. I wanted to get involved in the community but didn’t know how. Then I found Knots Of Love and found that I could use my hobby to help make a difference in other peoples lives. It is so fulfilling to be able to make caps for cancer patients are those that have lost their hair due to medical reasons. I feel like I am giving them a hug each time I send out a cap. It makes me feel like I have a purpose and a place in the community. It also makes me feel good that my caps go all over the United States.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy knitting beanies for chemo therapy rooms. Saying so seems to brighten people's day! Also, I am trying to engage any knitters - not much luck there...but I will keep trying! I am getting my donations nearly to 100 beanies, my first marker!
Ann Smith

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the generosity of these folks. Several recipients have let me know how much they appreciated their blankets at a really hard time in their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been knitting caps for Knots of Love for over a decade. This excellent and unusual charity provides beautiful handmade caps for patients suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy and other medical conditions. Not many charities do this and for so many years! The patients and the Knots of Love staff are always deeply appreciative -- and interacting with them always gives me a happy lift! This is one of the best charities I have ever supported.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been knitting caps for this unique charity for about 10 years now. Knots of Love provides loving, comforting FREE caps for people going through a crisis medical situation - usually a cancer diagnosis, but often other traumatic health or surgical challenges as well. It is very difficult to cope with serious illness, but to lose one's hair and a dignified personal appearance can be devastating. Knots of Love's beautiful handmade caps let patients know that they are loved, respected and cherished as they work through their medical challenge. Often patients are deeply moved by these gifts of caps because many in their entire lives have never had anything that was made with love especially for them. Though knitting a cap might seem like a small thing to me, I've learned to never underestimate its effect on another person in a sad and desperate situation! Knots of Love truly deserves to be rated as an outstanding nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the end of 2012, I had the idea to start a volunteer group at my place of employment. At the time, I was working for a large corporation and, although I loved my work and my colleagues, I felt unfulfilled. Something was missing. I thought that if I could come up with the right “cause”, I would not only feel more satisfied at work, but could help better the lives of people in need. Because of the demanding nature of my day job, I wanted to ensure that whatever volunteer work I chose, it had to be something I enjoyed and felt passionate about. A recent connection of events pointed the way. We’d recently had several baby showers at work and as usual (and as expected), I knitted a baby sweater as a gift for the mom-to-be. Whenever my handmade gifts were opened, it always resulted in a series of “oohs and ahhs” followed by a chorus of “I wish I knew how to knit.” Lightbulb! I knew that if I could find people who needed knitted goods, I already had the interest of potential volunteers to make these knitted goods.

The internet is a wonderful place. I searched and searched for just the right organization with which to affiliate. Something struck a chord when I landed on the Knots of Love page (www.knotsoflove.org). I read that it was an organization that used volunteers to hand-knit and crochet caps for people with cancer who are experiencing traumatic hair loss. The caps are distributed free of charge to hospitals and treatment centers throughout the country. The more I read, the more I realized that Knots of Love was the perfect match for my volunteer group. Thus began my connection to Christine Fabiani, the founder of Knots of Love.

Knots of Love was started by Christine Fabiani in 2007 in a spare bedroom in her family home in Newport Beach, California. Christine learned to crochet at the age of six, taught by her grandmother. Years later, a friend of Christine’s who was herself a cancer survivor, shared how uncomfortable wigs were for her and that she wished she just had a cozy cap to wear. Christine did some research of her own and discovered that at that time there were no organizations in existence whose purpose was to provide chemo caps to those in need. Seizing on the opportunity, Christine started such an organization herself. It all started with a batch of 25 caps that were made, packaged and delivered to local cancer patients who had lost their hair. The response was so gratifying that Christine reached out to family members and friends who might be interested in also knitting or crocheting caps for the cause. The more caps that were made and distributed, the more people contacted Christine conveying their need. And the more the need grew, the more volunteers showed up asking to help. By the end of the first year, over 12,000 caps had been made and distributed. And now, after almost 12 years, Knots of Love has made and distributed more than 460,000 caps to 550 distribution locations in the United States. The organization also recently began making and distributing NICU blankets and caps to babies in need. Knots of Love’s current goal is to provide 1 million caps and blankets for free.

Reaching this goal requires a lot. When I first started interacting with the Knots of Love group, I was astounded to learn exactly what was being accomplished by Christine and her volunteers given their limited resources. They examine and tag every single cap and keep a database of the 550 cancer centers and their needs. Based on these needs, the caps are packaged and shipped. All of this is done by just a handful of loyal volunteers who help pack and ship the caps. Sometimes there are special requests by cancer patients or their families for specific cap styles or colors. All of these requests are granted as well. And then, as with any volunteer organization, there’s the money – or lack of it. Over the years, I’ve learned of the organization’s constant struggle to raise enough money for the shipping of the caps. In the recent past, there have been several occasions when it seemed Knots of Love could no longer function financially. But because of the loyalty of the network of over 1,000 volunteers across the country, funds were always somehow raised to get through another month or two. In fact, my company colleagues held several fundraisers to keep Knots of Love afloat.

People frequently ask why we don’t just buy caps and send them to the patients. The answer is simple. It just wouldn’t have the same effect. When patients know that someone cared enough to take the time to knit or crochet a cap for them, it means so much more than just being given a store-bought head covering. It means people whom they’ve never even met care about them and understand their plight and most importantly, want them to survive! Every stitch in every cap is an action of pure love. Who wouldn’t want to wear pure love on their heads at the scariest time of their lives? And this is borne out by the cards and letters that Christine receives at Knots of Love. Family members write about how the caps helped their loved ones feel less embarrassed and less secluded and that they have more self-esteem. They feel less alone and really loved. If you’ve ever known anyone with cancer (and who doesn’t), you know how important it is for them to know that people are pulling for them. I’ll never forget one of the notes that Christine shared with the Knots of Love volunteers. It was from a breast cancer patient who said that losing her hair was harder for her than losing her breast. She was beyond grateful for the chemo cap given to her. Veterans have written saying how much it means to them to know that they have not been forgotten. And these same sentiments have been echoed over and over again. Men, women, children and their families and friends have all written to Christine with their stories of tragedy and their stories of hope - all of them simply grateful for a cap.

As a side note, my work with the Knots of Love organization and Christine Fabiani had quite an unexpected additional personal benefit. Throughout my interactions with my colleagues, I was regularly asked how I learned to knit and crochet. I was fortunate enough to have learned to crochet from my 6th grade teacher, Miss Klaus. She taught my entire class how to crochet as an afterschool activity. This was over 44 years ago! We were her first class in her entire teaching career. I thought it important that she know just how far-reaching her act of kindness went. And through the magic of the internet, I found her. That was the first miracle. The second miracle was that she actually remembered me. I shared my Knots of Love story with Miss Klaus and, well, to say she was thrilled is an understatement. I explained how my colleagues had rallied in support of Christine Fabiani’s Knots of Love organization. Miss Klaus shared with me that she always felt her first class did not benefit enough from her teaching because we were her first. But I reassured her that it was one of her greatest achievements because she touched more lives than she will ever know. The stars aligned for me, Miss Klaus and Christine Fabiani.

I retired from my company two years ago, but I still return regularly to lead the volunteer group I started. Only a few of these volunteers knew initially how to knit or crochet, but those who knew how taught those who didn’t and those who learned became the teachers, and so on. None of this would ever have been possible without Christine Fabiani’s passion to help others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization excels in every possible. I have been a knitter for the organization for several years. Christine, the founder and chief hard worker, is extremely dedicated to making sure that chemo patients, NICU babies, veterans, etc are supplied free a cap or blanket made with love. Every time I donate my knitted pieces I get a personal call from Christine telling me where my work is going. I can't heap enough praise on this organization. It truly is one of the finest.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Knots of Love is an incredible charity that does amazing work for people with cancer and babies in the NICU. It's an honor to support such a wonderful organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago I was looking for a charity that provided handmade caps for chemo patients. I had recently started to loom knit and wanted to give back to others. I found Knots of Love through a Google search and have been making hats for them since 2015. I live in Pennsylvania, yet feel that I am part of the organization through emails and Facebook. But mostly because Christine personally calls every person after receiving their donation. Her passion is truly contagious and inspiring. Although located in southern California, Knots of Love sends hats to hospital and treatment centers throughout the US for the benefit of many. I am proud to be a Knots of Love volunteer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Knots of Love helps us support and keep our patients comfortable during treatments and at home. We appreciate the variety of styles and colors helps us give people choices and makes them feel in charge of their cancer.

1 Lynda Wilds D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KoL is a true charity in every sense of the word. I love that it is not a "machine" but a loving nonprofit that thrives because of the dedication of its volunteers and founder. I retired and was looking for a worthwhile charity to volunteer for. I stumbled upon KOL through the recommendation of a cancer-survivor friend. When I hear feedback from the patients that receive our work, I know I chose the right place to spend my time. The hand-made Beanies and Blankets given to cancer patients and NICU babies are 100% free to them. The volunteers give their time and yarn to make these items by hand and donate them. When I work the booth at the OC Fair and hear the stories from cancer survivors that have received our beanies, it makes me cry with joy. My heart is full. I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful organization! Here's a shot of some of the beanies I recently donated.

1 Diana Lynne F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knots of Love is a wonderful non-profit org. All is provided for you: crochet and knitting patterns; submission forms you fill out to send with your donations; a preferred yarn list; etc. Items needed are chemo caps for those who have gone through chemo treatments and lost hair, and NICU Baby Blankets. All donors ship items to Knots of Love and then they are shipped out across the country. It's wonderful to use your talents to help others, and to let them know that even though you've never met each other, you care about them!

1 Penny Starks O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been crocheting beanies and NICU blankets for Knots of Love for a couple of years now, I always receive a gracious acknowledgement and informative response, where the beanies were sent across the country. It just warms my heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

About a year ago I had made crocheted hat for all my family for Christmas about 30 hats total. I so enjoyed making them I continued making more hats all different sizes and patterns. I ended up with about 130 hats and wanted to donate to somewhere meaningful at least to me and couldn’t quite find the right place, so the hats sat in a bag for about a year. Then I came across Knots of Love and I felt they were just what I was looking for so I boxed all the hats up and sent them off. Within a few days I got a phone call thanking me for the hats and then Christine starting reading off all Children centers, Veteran centers and Adult care centers all across the country that she would be sending my hats, I was overwhelmed and filled with joy. This was exactly the type of place and people I was looking for!! I have even started crocheting hats for the Veterans Campaign they are having from 9/11-11/11.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cancer Navigators appreciates Knots of Love. We work with primarily a low income population of cancer patients. They come into our office, sad, tearful and overwhelmed with the stress of their diagnosis. The hats we can offer them light up their eyes and give them hope. Just the understanding that women all over the country have sent these cute hats to help them get through this difficult time, causes a shift in their thinking and emotions. It is beautiful to see.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my sister had cancer I looked online for caps to keep her head warm and fond Knots of Love. They sent her 2 beautiful caps for free! That was 4 years ago and I’ve been making caps and baby blankets for NICU ever since. I appreciate the personal thank you phone calls from the Founder, Christine Fabiano, when my donations are received. Proud to be able to help those in need. Knots of Love really makes a difference to those in need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For over Knots of Love has been providing free handknit beanies, NICU blankets, PICC covers, and lap blankets for hospital and cancer center patients. For patients and families dealing with serious illnesses, these handmade gifts offer comfort and hope. As I knitter, I enjoy the creativity of making these caps and knowing that my creativity and work will benefit someone.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have crocheted blankets for premature babies in neonatal units for the Knots of Love organization for several years now.
This organization is so caring and helps so many cancer patients with caps as well as the blankets for babies.
After I send my contributions they immediately send me a warm thank you and a note telling where my blankets were sent. This makes me feel so appreciated that I can’t wait to get started on more blankets!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great charity that I am proud to be a member. Christine Fabiani calls us "family". this has been a great opportunity to give back. My granddaughter had leukemia at the age of four. Someone made her a cap after she lost her hair and now, I have the opportunity to knit caps for other people that have lost their hair. It is a great opportunity to hone my knitting skills while feeling so good about helping others. Christine always calls and lets you know where your cap went. We also knit NICU blankets; for Veterans, arm and leg sleeves for amputated limbs and picc line covers. Knitting a cap not only keeps the chemo patient warm and feeling beautiful; but it is like a big hug letting them know that someone cares about them. This is a great organization of which I am very proud to belong.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been crocheting caps for Knots of Love for 10 years. I have made over 2000 hats and NICU blankets. It's a wonderful way to give back to those in need. When I read thank-you notes ,I want to crochet faster. I love to volunteer at the Orange County Fair and Veterans events. It gives me such pleasure to hear how we have touched someone in their time of need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group of caring people who are helping to give comfort to cancer patient one hat at a time. Christine has an infectious personality and is so upbeat every time you talk to her. Joining as a volunteer has given me a purpose and a way to help cancer patients, especially for those who have influenced my life. Keep up the wonderful work Knotts of Love!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I remember walking into my oncologist’s office, feeling vulnerable as cancer patients do with all the unknowns of what was to come. Losing my hair, knowing I’d be completely bald. There in a basket on the table were handmade crocheted beanies made just for cancer patients made by the loving volunteers of Knots of Love. There were many vibrant colors to choose from. I felt touched by others taking their time for people like us who needed their spirits lifted during such a difficult time. At the treatment center there were beanies to choose from as well. I felt thankful to have a loving beanie to keep my head warm, knowing it was made with a thoughtful mind and a giving heart. They touch many lives, especially children too with knitted blankets for babies as well and beanies to keep childrens’ heads warm. Thank you Knots of Love, for all you do for us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been creating items for Knit of Love for about 4 years now. I know they are contributing chemo hats all over the U.S. although I create baby blankets for NICU patients as my contribution. They have never failed to call me and let me know what states my blankets have gone to. Christine and her helpers are tireless, dedicated and wonderful people! I hope to continue to contribute for a long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I crochet hats for Knots of Love, a charity that is beneficial to those that donate as well as the many cancer patients that receive the donations. Knots of Love helps those of us that love to knit and crochet by providing the means to donate our creations to the many cancer centers across the country. We not only get enjoyment from our hobby, we have the opportunity to use our talents to help others going through difficult times. Our hats give the cancer patients warmth and style to help them when they suffer from hair loss. I love this charity, as it has helped provide me with a purpose in my retirement years. Knowing many people undergoing cancer therapy that have lost their hair, I also know how helpful the hats are to them. A hat from Knots of Love can brighten their day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have crocheted hats for Knots of Love for several years. This organization does amazing things by utilizing volunteers to knit and crochet hats for cancer patients all over the country. Knots of Love helps warm the heads of those that have lost their hair through chemo treatments, and also helps the numerous volunteers that love to knit and crochet to give them a true purpose for their creations. Knots of Love is extremely well organized, keeping track of where each of their thousands of creations are sent each week. I am honored to help out with Knots of Love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing organization which I can say from experience, as a contributor and caregiver.
I have donated several caps to KnotsofLove. But the most touching part for me was seeing firsthand what these caps mean to patients. My husband was going through cancer treatment in Rochester, NY at Wilmot Cancer Center. A basket of donated caps from KnotsofLove was on the counter for patients to choose from. To see people who were up against so much, express such joy and delight over something so simple...truly touched my heart. This organization and it's leader, Christine Fabiani, deserve so much credit and recognition for all it does for so many.

1 Chris R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Because my hair grows very quickly I have been donating it to Locks of Love, for many years. My daughter who knows this came to me one day with a pamphlet she got at her county fair. It was for Knots of Love. Laughing she said she thought I could try helping out knitting caps with some of my yarn stash. I thought she's right, even I couldn't grow enough hair for everyone, but I can knit a lot. Since then a few people who have seen me knitting, ask what am I doing. After a short explanation, more than one has said I have a friend (relative) who has one of your caps. Even though I'm sure it isn't exactly one I knitted, it makes me feel good to know that people are using and liking the products of Knots of Love.

1 Mary Alice C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Christine is always so quick to call with a thank you! I love this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned to knit about 6 years ago. After family and friends had all the scarves and hats they needed, I still enjoyed knitting so I looked for a charity and found Knots of Love. Christine is so appreciative of every donation which makes it very gratifying. The thank you notes posted from the recipients is also nice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started knitting hats for Knots Of Love & can hardly wait to send in my first batch of hats. What I like most about this charity is that it's for babies-seniors...the full spectrum. I feel honored to be able to help people that are going through a difficult time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy crocheting and I was looking for a charity that would take donated hat and blankets. I search the website and found Knot of Love and decided to help them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to crochet and knit and was looking for an organization where I could donate my time and items. I was so glad when I discovered Knots of Love. I feel it is an excellent charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

For all the good they do, the founder has managed to keep everything very personal. Every donation of hats is acknowledged with a list of the places they have been sent either by phone or by email. Special requests for colors and sizes of beanies are quickly filled. I have been making hats for them for 9 years, and I hope to be able to support this group for as long as cancer continues to affect people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to knit and crochet! But, at this stage of life, I have more than enough sweaters, hats and scarves of my own. I want to keep creating for the love of the craft and learned on Facebook that I could share my work with people who are in need. Knots of Love was the first non-profit I worked with, and I love making hats for cancer patients and blankets for newborns.

1 Merle E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a First Grade teacher for 45 years I have a deep and lasting love of small children.
During my time teaching there were children in my class diagnosed with cancer. There is no describing the grief their parents went through.
Not mentioned was the teacher who had a wrenched gut for the duration of the illness.
As an educator, my focus was always on the needs of the children I taught. There was a little boy named David whose only desire in school was to sweep the corridor. This he did for the duration of his time in school. He was contented to "clean out his life". Well that's what my years of learning had taught me. There is always a reason why children choose to do what they choose. I am now retired and decided to "give back" to the children who had suffered whilst in my care. Thank goodness for Knots of Love the charity I chose to support. They are a brilliant charity because they send feedback by the way of thanks.

Sharon T.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been aware of Knots of Love for many years. Personally, we have been touched by donations of hats for my father who passed away from cancer. He was always so proud of his full head of gray hair well into his 80's and was so dismayed when following treatment he began losing it. Having the bright and warm cap to wear truly brightened his day. We have had the same experience with several friends who received hats as well. They may be a small token, but anything that is done to brighten someone's day that is battling cancer is awesome. Now that they are doing blankets for babies as well, it touches your heart to know the volunteers are doing this for babies they don't even know. They truly honor veterans as well by their cap donations. It's a wonderful organization and one you can trust is using your donations to better the world, one head at a time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have contacted Knots of Love a few times to request hats for friends and family. My requests have always been honored within days if not hours of having the hats shipped off to the recipients. And are the recipients happy - no, they are ecstatic! Going through the chemo and/or other cancer treatments is devastating enough without the loss of hair. Having a cap someone made just for them, in a color of their choosing - really brightens their spirits at a time in their life when they could use something positive in their life. Can not recommend this charity enough. It's not often you get such special treatment from a non-profit, but everyone is so nice and helpful it is a joy to work with them.

Sali A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love knitting for Knots of Love. Knowing that my work goes to someone in need is a great feeling. Keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy knitting and crocheting little blankets for preemies and donating them to Knots of Love. They always are appreciative and call to thank me. It is a good feeling to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My dear friend had ovarian cancer and needed caps. After I knit her some she told me others would love to have caps. I found knots of love on line. Now I am retired & have extra time to knit. Christine does a fabulous job & I’m happy to be part of this
Nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with KOL as a way to use my crafting as a way to give back. Never did I dream that I’d be a beneficiary, but I was during my battle with breast cancer seven years ago. I kept making those beanies for others then because it just felt right. And 7 years later I continue, always imagining the joy it will bring to someone in their battle for their life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began crocheting as therapy for my arthritic hands. When I looked around for an organization to donate chemo caps to, I found that Knots of Love spread the love everywhere, in addition to making ME feel appreciated.

Susie Rhodes D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2018. I had to go through 4 rounds of chemo. The hair loss was an inevitable side effect. I had a wig, but those are uncomfortable, so I was looking for a simple but elegant hat. I had heard of Knots of Love and about the hats they would knit for cancer patients. I reached out to them, and lo and behold, they sent me my absolute favorite hat! I am so grateful for them. I received so many compliments..... and I will continue to wear the hat even after my hair grows in. Love all they do for everyone.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have recently retired and love to knit. After my own children said, “Mom, I have enough hats,” I found Knots of Love. After receiving my hats and neonatal blankets, I have always received the NICEST thank-you messages from them that really made me feel as though my work was appreciated. They also never failed to tell me where my items were sent. I love working with Knots of Love!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My late husband went through years of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone-marrow transplant but succumbed to Hodgkins Disease in 2000. We were both grateful for our having the financial resources to face this long challenge.

When I knit hats I think of those people who might be in different financial situations and who might not be able to pop over to a store and buy something to cover their head. Something that would bring physical warmth.

But in addition to physical warmth the knowledge that somewhere a person they don't even know is thinking of them and wishing them well.

On the evenings I craft these simple beanies I am adding a warm thought along with my stitches. I want the wearer to know that there are others out here in the world who want them to have some small element of relief and that there is a woman in the world who sends them my love in this small way.

I am so grateful to Knots of Love for giving ME this gift. It's an extraordinary experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Knots of Love has been a great experience! The charity is located in CA, and as a resident of WI, I cannot volunteer in-person. However, by donating my knitted work I still feel a part of the family.

The founder Christine follows-up with each donation with a personal phone call to thank me for my work and let me know where my pieces are being sent around the country. Moreover, she works hard to give each volunteer a personal touch with hand-written thank you cards and communicates openly and quickly either by phone or email.

To date, I've donated about 15 hand-knit pieces and almost $500. I am confident that both physical and fiscal donations are being put toward the cause to "warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss."

1 Elsie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to knit and have found knitting caps for Knots of Love a very rewarding endeavor. It brings joy to me to hear stories from the cancer recipients of these knitted projects. Thank you, Christine for all that you and your staff do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to knit as I find it very therapeutic and feel great when I complete a prioject. When I started knitting caps for Knots of Love, it really gave me a wonderful feeling when I read some of the comments from the recipients of these caps. Cancer is a terrible disease and I feel rewarded to be doing something for someone else. I am so happy to be a small part of this nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a recipient of KOL. A coworker slyly questioned me on my favorite colors when I was going through breast cancer chemo a year ago. A couple weeks later, he showed up with KOL hats for me! Even with my hair grown back, and way shorter than I've ever had, I still wear the beanies on a chilly morning when walking with my husband.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started making hats for KOL at the request of my daughter. She works for Google NY and they were having a 'give back' campaign so she signed up for KOL and asked if I would help her. And although the campaign ended, I continued on.
I think she also thought that since I was a recent breast cancer survivor and also one who likes to crocket that it would be a good match. And it has!
I enjoy making the hats for those who are going through chemo. I know first hand how one feels when they no longer have any hair.
And a great shout out to Christine for this wonderful charity. I feel she really gives it her all and the personal phone calls to thank everyone and to let them know where their donations are being sent to is the icing on the cake. How many charites even bother with a thank you. Christine goes out of her way to make us all feel appreciated.
I'm so happy I found your wonderful charity.
Thank you..

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have been donating crocheted caps and NICU blankets to Knots of Love for only a year and a half, it is always a pleasure dealing with Christine Fabiani and her team. They exhibit the “personal touch” at all aspects of their business from personal phone calls, e-mails to let us know about activities, to notes letting you know where some of your handmade pieces were donated. I do not remember how I initially found out about Knots of Love but I am always happy to let others know about their services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan as a veterinarian taking care of our military dogs. While she was there we shipped her yarn and she made hats for knots of love. When she came back I said, "I want to do that teach me!". In the last 2 years I've made almost 50 hats. Thank you for Christine for this beautiful charity I love giving back in this wonderful way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this charity for over five years and have seen first hand what we accomplish.
I volunteered at the Knots of Love table at the Orange County Fair this past summer. I met a young man who came up to the table, thanking us for the caps we sent him while he went thru chemotherapy. He and his friends all commented on what a difference the caps had made for him while he was losing his hair.
This is only of the many stories I heard while volunteering at the Fair,
Vera Rowe

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In today's world with so much hate, violence, and self centeredness, Knots of Love stands out for it's unselfish and compassionate outreach to those who are having a difficult time! It is a blessing to join in this wonderful work!

3 Sue S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knots of Love is awesome!!!! Loving, kind hearted volunteers knit and crochet caps for anyone suffering from hair loss as a result of cancer or disease. All these beautiful masterpieces are given away free of charge. Every year the organization attends the Orange County Fair to share their wonderful mission with fairgoers!!!

2 Jim H.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started knitting for Knots of Love about 6 years ago. When I retired, I was able to help out on "shipping" Fridays. What an incredible experience! First, there are caps, blankets, stump covers, NICU blankets pouring in from all over the country. Each donation comes from someone who has taken their time and talent to knit something for a total stranger. Next, the caps are sent to people who have lost their hair and are going through something no one wants to experience. And through it all come the letters......heart warming notes of thanks and gratitude from people who have received a cap. Stories of hope, stories of loss, stories of appreciation that someone cared enough and took the time to use their talents to help a stranger in need.

What makes Knots of Love unique is the continuous circle of love and kindness. Love from others being passed on to those in need. Strangers helping strangers. People actually spending time to help someone else. In todays unrest it is uplifting to know that deep down people still care. As our founder always says, "People are s-o-o-o nice." But to me, each week Knots of Love proves that we are a society that truly cares for others.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was searching for a charity project to immerse myself into. I found the Knots of Love's website and, as they say, the rest is history. I have used most of their patterns for chemo caps and during this past summer have made and donated over 100 to my local cancer center. Whenever someone expresses an interest in making these caps, I refer them to the Knots of Love website for a comprehensive list of recommended yarns and, of course, their lovely patterns.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a cancer survivor and I was looking for an organization that would help me give back. I discovered Knots of Love and it has enabled me to donate blankets for the neonatal care centers across the country. Knots of Love President called me personally to thank me for my donations and let me know exactly where my blankets were being sent. This demonstrates the committment Knots of Love has for their cause. Not only does Knots of Love affect the recipients, but also the volunteers donating their blankets and caps. They are a top rated non-profit in my view.

1 Lynn C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love knitting but living in Florida we dont get to wear sweaters scarfs or beanies very often. I was so happy to be able to join Knots of Love as now I can knit to my hearts content and know that I am doing some good and helping others at the same time.

1 Ellen K.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So Happy I found Knots of Love... Terrific knowing where my hats finally land.So enjoy making hats and blankets for those in need.
Thank You Knots of Love!
Ellen Kallinsky-Nemish
Rancho Bernardo,CA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to start knitting again. I am 74 years old and wasn’t knitting sweaters anymore! I found Knots of Love online and started knitting. Christine has been extremely helpful with my questions and calls with feedback. It’s nice to know where you’re work is going. It’s a terrific organization.