I have been asked to help out making hats for the homeless. We have a homeless shelter (Unity Acres) about 2 miles from my house that is home to about 150 men. It is run by the Catholic Church from Syracuse (50 miles south of here). Most of these men have no families, or are alcoholics or drug addicts. They have AA and NA meetings there on a daily basis. There are doctors and nurses that go there on a daily basis to care for their medical needs. When the town has big dinners (Church, Cemetery Association, funerals, etc.) all the left over food is taken to Unity Acres. They have very strict rules that they have to live by ... no alcohol, drugs, etc. or they get booted right out of there fast. These guys do odd jobs around town for pay, but they all have to walk about one mile to the nearest store to buy things with what little money they are able to make. Every year in December, the Masons and the Eastern Star go to visit them for Christmas and take cookies and snacks and they sing Christmas carols. I have been asked to help out with hats for the men. They do not have cars and they have to walk every where they go ... as you all know ... I live in the snowbelt and it gets pretty cold. Here is what I would like to do ... starting now through the end of November. For every hat you send to me, your name will go into a pot and on the first day of each month ... starting March 1 through December 1 ... I will draw a name and someone will get some of my stash. I have boxes and boxes of old patterns (all in good shape) that I am slowly going to start "weeding" out and what a better way to do this? The hats can be any color ... just keep in mind they are for men. So let's stay away from pink ... LOL. Bright colors are good ... oranges, reds, etc. They will be easy to spot while the guys are walking down the road. We have about 400 members now and this will give us all a break from thread for an evening or so and we will be doing something good for the homeless. I think it will be fun to see if we can come up with about 150 hats ... that's 15 hats a month ... we should be able to do this. These will all be taken to the Masonic Lodge and they will be distributed to Unity Acres in December. Thanks so much! Debbie Butler 3425 County Route 22 Richland, NY 13144
I mailed eight hats and my name is in the drawing for March 1st 8 times. YEAH!