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Video || Knitter Make Thousands of Hats for Chemo Patients

I love to see things like this, the average acts of kindness of average Americans. We are the most generous country on earth. Literally, take a look. I mean sometimes we’re second in the world to Myanmar, but I’m not sure if the nice people in Rangoon aren’t cooking their charitable books a bit.

As government continues to take over our lives, I assume we will become less and less generous, more like Europe, which likes to lecture us about our values and whine when we ask them to help pay for their defense. And as you may know, conservatives, contrary to the official stereotype, are far more generous than liberals, giving twice as much as the do-gooders, according to a Google study several years back mentioned in the New York Times, of all places. Recent studies show nothing’s changed. The exalted Vice President Biden was the stingiest Scrooge going.

That’s right, all us deplorables, acting most undeplorably.

Look at the kindness of this program below. Nobody with cancer is going to have their lives saved by a hat. Just made a little more tolerable, and imbued with the understanding someone cares about them.

And, OMG, all without a government program.

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5 Responses to Video || Knitter Make Thousands of Hats for Chemo Patients

  1. I used to work for a local community services agency that ran a Senior Center. The ladies there were amazing….they had a knitting group that amassed probably tens of thousands of hours a year knitting items for local hospital patients including lap blankets, baby booties and hats and so much more. Yes, Americans as a whole are an amazingly generous people. I remember way back when George H.W. Bush was president (when I was a Democrat) and I was very dismissive of his Thousand Points of Light initiative. Now older & wiser, I see that it truly was a great idea – let the private sector do what they can do — and so much more effectively than the government. Not that the government shouldn’t do certain things, but they really cannot and should not try to do everything. Bureaucracy always messes things up!

  2. There are food drives at our local markets – barrels where shoppers can place a canned or boxed food item to be sent to places that serve the poor, but no one finds that newsworthy.
    We donate to our schools to send the marching band or the chess club to various meets or contests and no one writes about how generous the taxpayers are to students they don’t know personally.
    There are a thousand service organizations all over our country who share their time, expertise and money to help others.

    The most overlooked charity or generosity in the US is when a city is trashed by a natural disaster and the locals all pull together to clean up the mess left behind, house and feed those who are left homeless, and do all they can to bring their communities back to normal.
    All of these activities are done without government interference.

  3. My wife has knitted and sewn hats (with lots of embroidery on them–her trademark, you might say) for cancer patients for years. She also creates amazing quilts and blankets which the local Cancer Center sells at annual auctions to generate funds for the Center. She got an award last week for having spent 1,245 hours of this “volunteer” work in 2016.

    Fun fact: The local cancer center is called the Dempsey Center, affiliated with Central Maine Medical Center. It’s called the Dempsey Center because Patrick Dempsey (yes, the Grey’s Anatomy actor) grew up here and donated the initial millions of dollars needed to start the Center. He comes here every year to participate in the Annual Bike Race fund raiser, and to motivate everyone to get involved in the Center. Patrick’s sister, Mary Dempsey, manages the entire volunteer effort at the Center and my wife meets with her every week to help coordinate the hat/quilt making there.

    So you’re right. The good will, work, energy and dedication so many Americans have to create a safer, more livable community for those in need often goes unnoticed and unsung. But the volunteers don’t care. That’s not why they contribute their time and love to those in need. They aren’t looking for applause. They just do it because it needs to be done.

  4. My parish, Christ the King, here in Kingston Rhode Island, has so many programs, it’s hard to keep track. I am so proud to be a member of this group for going on 29 years. It’s contagious.
    Our quilters make blankets for babies in need, we have bookbag/backpacks filled with school supplies for local students in need, Thanksgiving baskets, the Christmas giving tree for families in need, we have adult Mission trips and URI student mission trips, going to Nicaragua and Central America, bringing medicines and building shelters. Our choir, along with musical guests have raised hundreds of thousands for our sister parish in inner city Providence over the last 27 years, each week parishioners drop off groceries and bring up to them also. We don’t do it for glory, we do it because it’s the right thing to do.