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Knots of Love, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cancer, Human Services, Humanities, Single Organization Support

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 repeatedly played a key role in our success of gifting over: 550,000 caps to men and women and children battling cancer. 90,000 NICU blankets to precious new lives incubators. 100,000 caps to Veterans. 81,000 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: Founded in 2007, our mission is to help people experiencing the effects of chemo by providing handmade gifts of love, connection, and warmth. We expanded this mission in 2013 to include tiny blankets for neonatal babies in ICU incubators.

Community Stories

131 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

2 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.

1 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.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this charity. They touch lives in a beautiful way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a quilter and knitting has never been one of my favorite things to do However I can get a lot of knitting done while visiting with family and also on long car or bus rides. Knots of Love is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be member of iti and have been for many years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my mother was undergoing chemo for lung cancer her greatest issue was her hair loss. She had thick jet black straight hair for most of her life. While I was visiting her i noticed she was wearing a not so great looking, itchy wool beanie. She wore it to cover her bald head.

Knots-of -love has given me the opportunity to give soft, warm and colorful chemo caps to ensure comfort and warmth to those in need. I know that my mother would approve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to report my connection to this site. I have knitted for them for several years and I am very pleased with the way they handle your work. I receive a phone call after they receive my donation. With their thanks Inam told exactly where my hats are going. I have knitted for another and never heard a word from them SO you can see why that call is so important. All I need is a simple Thank You and I am a happy knitter. Molly ‘ O’

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Volunteers are amazing!!! This charity is so consistently shipping love and care! The founder still does, as she has for 11 years, each week, calls each and every person who sends in caps and blankets and thanks them and tells them where their caps and blankets went. She’s done that for all people who made all the 400,000 caps and blankets they have shipped to date.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Knots of Love in 2009 while surfing for a non profit to knit or crochet for .... all the nieces and nephews were
now too old and too cool for handmade items. I was looking for small projects that would benefit those in need so I started knitting sleep caps. To date I have completed a little over 1,000 sleep caps and about 150 NICU Blankets for this amazing organization. It's founder, Christine Fabiani has a non-stop heart of gold and inspires her volunteers with her love and compassion to say nothing of her gratitude to us. KOL is truly the definition of a "GREAT NONPROFIT."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knots of Love....For over four years I have had the privilege of making chemo caps for this
organization. Truly believe more satisfaction comes to me then who receives the hats.
Each hat made ..always a prayer and love in spirit goes on while the hat is being crocheted.
I know that each and every hat after being sent to Knots of Love is distributed with care,
love and dedication. The hat receiver , even though the cancer journey is a long and difficult
time in their lives is loved and cared for with upmost respect.
May Knots of Love and staff be blessed with many more years for their dedication...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to find a charity to donate knit hats to and once I found Knots of Love I knew that they were the right place to send my creations to so they could be sent on to patients all over the country. As I found out more about them I answered a message asking for volunteers to sort and process hats at the founder's home on Friday mornings and since I was in their area I signed up to help out which has become a very rewarding and inspiring experience for the past year. I am amazed by how many different places from across the country people are making and sending in their hats, NICU blankets, picc line covers and stump covers so that we can then tag, sort and repackage them to go out every week to hospitals and a variety of cancer care centers throughout the country. The founder, Christine Fabiani personally calls everyone each week to thank them for their donations and I can tell that people are so shocked that she would take the time to call and thank them. Everything is done by volunteers so that there isn't any overhead costs that take away from the cost of shipping to get the hats where they are needed. I can't say enough good things about how wonderful Knots of Love is and how meaningful their mission is and they're continued focus on helping others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 2010 my mother in law received a couple hats from Knots of Love while going through chemo. I looked into the organization and began crocheting and donating hats that year. She lost her battle in 2012 and now every hat I make is in her honor.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I haven't had any personal needs but I love knitting hats and then I found Knots of Love online. They make the whole donating process so easy. They even notify me immediately upon receiving the package and let me know just where the caps are going to go. They keep me up to date on what's happening within the organization and are just so cordial. It's a pleasure working with them.
Beth Klinger

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Knots if Love. Great leader and great helpers. They work hard so with needs are helped.
My son and daughter-in-law saw the booth at OC Fair in 2008. They knew that I needed this. I love to help others and crochet. This great group was just what I needed. I’ve met people who got the hats free from clinics or Cancer centers. They can’t say enough about Knots. Christine along with her crew put in many hours unpacking incoming chemo hats, Veterans hats, bro natal blankets and pic covers. Then calling or texting the people to thank them and tell us where the items are going. Then they pack and send them off to the people who need them. I’m honored to crochet for those in need. A big thank you to Knots if Love for all they do !
I never leave the house without my Knots if Love yarn. There’s always time to work on hats and to help others.
THANKS TO ALL VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP KNOTS OF LOVE BE THE GREATEST NON PROFIT GROUP ANYWHERE❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love crocheting but I wanted to use my craft for helping others because there are only so many baby blankets, scarves and Afghans you can do! One day I received an email from a Craft website that I am a member of about the Knots If Love organization. After I read about them and what they do, I couldn’t wait to become a crafter for them! I recently had someone very close to me due of breast cancer and when I saw one of their objectives was to provide chemo caps to people going through chemotherapyand hair loss, it was if God was saying “This is what you need to do to use your talents!.” I have crocheted about 10 caps for civilians and right now I am working on my 6th cap for their Veterans’ cap Drive. Anyone who can knit or crochet can be a part of their organization. They also do baby blankets for NCU premise and lap throws for nursing home residents! I love being a part of this worthwhile charity who wants to help those in need! Actually I am honored!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a survivor of myeloma cancer. I didn't learn about Knots of Love until years later. I'm a great believer of "paying it forward" and that is why I donate to Knots of Love both monetary and with baby blankets & caps. I knit and I love the opportunity to do what I love and blessing someone with my hobby! God bless Knots of Love!

1 Teesa

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a senior citizen with a disability, crocheting hats and scarves for children has given me purpose. Until my illness, I was an active volunteer, but after becoming disabled, I felt I had no way to contribute. Knots of Love has given me a sense of connection and community. Now I have something worthwhile to do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

By pure chance I got involved with Knots of Love six years ago. Christine, the founder, is such an inspiration. Her enthusiasm, total commitment, sheer energy are contagious and I can't knit/crochet fast enough to continue to support this fabulous group. I have lost friends through cancer and I know first hand what these caps do for the ones going though this very tough time. The care and love that goes into each shipment is incredible. I'm proud and thankful to be part of the Knots of Love family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are numerous volunteers who provide much-needed chemo caps and NICU blankets at their own cost. These items are made with love and submitted to an organization that we all trust. The thank you notes that they share are heartwarming and keep us making items for them.

1 mikeandjanice

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lead a group that makes chemo hats for a local hospital. We really appreciate the free patterns your organization makes available for this purpose. The ladies who receive the hats are happy to have a variety of styles to choose from.

1 Robin S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have knit hats for Knots of Love for years! What keeps me going? First, the belief that a hand made hat might cuddle a person's head with love. Second, everytime I send a batch of hats, Kristine Fabiani calls! Yes she takes the time to call! She always says something kind about my hats and then she tells me where they were sent. I am so grateful that she takes the time to do this! The personal contact is awesome and wonderful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I travel a lot internationally for work and I love to take my knitting with me. As expected I ran out of friends and family who needed scarfs and hats and then I found out about Knots of Love (from someone knitting on a plane!!) I have been knitting NICU blankets for the last 2+ years and I can't thank them enough for the great job they do providing blankets and hats around the US. I have actually met someone in Chicago who has 2 blankets provided by Knots of Love and she was so grateful. I can't volunteer typically because of my schedule but I finally feel I am contributing to a great cause. Thanks!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister in law started chemo on a Monday and by that Friday she had a new set of beanies. It was so spectacular. To know others were with her on her battle was the best part. I appreciate Knots of Love and all that they do!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After my own brush with cancer, I started knitting for Knots of Love - my way of paying back. Every time I send chemo caps to them, I get a phone call or email thanking me for my donation and letting me know where my caps have been sent. They are always so appreciative of my work for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2007 I started a knitting group "Chicks with Sticks at our church. We made hats for the homeless in Orange County and sent hats with our mission team to Mexico. When I heard about Knots of Love, I had Christine come a talk with the ladies and we all loved what she shared and so we started knitting for her organization. Christine shares some of letters sent by people who have received hats and baby blankets. These letters are so uplifting, they make you cry and just inspires you to keep on knitting! I pray Christine will be able to keep this organization going on for many more years. I will keep knitting as long as I am able.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A dear relative who lost her hair during chemotherapy treatment asked me if I could find her chemo caps. I emailed Knots of Love and in less than 24 hours received a personal email from Christine, the founder, asking for my relative's favorite colors and shipping information. Christine had that box of caps in the mail the next day, and the caps arrived on my relative's doorstep 2 days later at no cost to me. I have never worked with a nonprofit that responds as quickly as Knots of Love.

1 Carole Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 22-yr-old niece was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. All it took was one phone call and Knots of Love sent three beautiful, comfortable hats to my niece, free of charge. The director answered the phone herself and when she heard that my niece liked red, she offered to knit a red hat for my niece herself! The hats arrived so quickly that the director must have knit that red hat through the night and it was such an encouraging surprise for my niece. I can't say enough about how great Knots of Love is!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago I was introduced to Knots of Love. It has provided a great opportunity for me to do something I love -- crochet -- and use it to contribute in a way that brings some comfort and moments of cheer to people all over the country! And it is such a neat personal touch to get a phone call from the group's founder letting me know where my creations are going!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization whose mission is to "warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing hair loss by knitting/crocheting caps with lots of love." The 4000 caps (handmade with love by 1000 volunteers!!!) are donated and delivered to patients all across the country--free of charge!!!!--to over 500 hospitals and cancer treatment centers. The beanies provide warmth for patients who are undergoing chemo-hair loss--they also provide dignity during a particularly challenging time. Knots of Love, Inc. has over 1000 members who donate their hat-making talents to this wonderful organization. As a member of this group who crochets caps weekly, I know I am providing someone with kindness and support as they deal with the fight of their life! If you are looking for the ultimate worthwhile non-profit organization to give money to--this is definitely the one to donate funds to!