Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Hi All!

Thank you so much for your help in making lives better.

To date we have received/made nearly 200 hats.  We still need MORE!

There is a deadline change.

The new deadline of getting hats TO me (US address) is now JANUARY 12, 2014 as the cargo container is being loaded on January 15.

Thank you for your kindness!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Amazing Love!

Thank you so much!

The outpouring of love and enthusiasm for the effort is amazing!  In the last week tI received commitments of multiple hats from over a dozen volunteers.  I also received a lovely package of 6 beautifully crocheted hats from BluSkyes - a Ravelry (online knitting community) participant.

I am teaching the children in our neighborhood to loom knit hats and they are also excited about the project.  I hope to teach three more loom knitting classes (still working out details) this month.


All donations are sent to a US address.

My father and a team are traveling to West Beaufort South Africa in April of 2014.  They are sending ahead a large shipping container filled with supplies.  The container will be used for a safe school room and training center.

The Deadline for donations arriving to me is JANUARY 12, 2014.

Please email me at:

hats (at) thedements (dot) com for more information.

I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The GOAL...

Hands Help Hearts
And Change Lives

What does it take to change a life?  Less that you might think…

Tiny acts multiplied by many hands change lives everyday.

Something as simple as a handmade hat makes a world of difference to children and families in need.

The children and families in the village of Beaufort West, South Africa need our help.  The living circumstances of this village are poor and dangerous beyond what most in America, or any western culture can fathom.  Living in a climate very similar to that of the Southeastern US, the winters (US spring/summer) are cold and wet.  Despite these conditions, the People of Beaufort West are beautiful with a spirit of love and learning. 

They need OUR help!

The Goal (and it’s a BIG one):  Collect 1000 Handmade hats by January 12, 2014

What can YOU do?  Knit or Crochet a hat (wool is warmest) in any size from infant to adult.

Don’t Knit or Crochet?  We’ll teach you.  There will be mini-classes available for groups who want to learn.

Don’t WANT to Knit or Crochet?  Don’t worry – you can still help!  We need DONATIONS of yarn (wool preferred), knitting and crochet supplies, or money toward these items*

*Receipts for cash donations provided.  ALL donations used expressly for the Hands Helping Hearts Hat Project.

For more Information please email:
HATS @ thedements(dot)com 

I'll keep you posted!