Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Let it Snow

Here's a lovely group of hat knitters in my home town, Montreal. They meet at the Beth Zion Synagogue and that's my mom in the middle, holding up 2 skeins of yarn. Knit on, ladies!

If you belong to a group that's knitting hats for soldiers and would like to see a photo of your group up on this blog, please send me an email at: channahk@gmail.com

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Some Soldiers & Some Knitters

Hi Knitters!

This past week, hats you made went out to soldiers in the Paratroopers, the Engineering Corps, and several elite units with names I don't even know how to translate into English (Palsar Nachal, anyone?)
I also got a very touching note from a lone soldier
who received, via A Package From Home, a care package which included one of our hats.

אני חייל שמצבו הכלכלי לא הכי טוב, וממש חימם את הלב לקבל מכם את הכובע הסרוג ושאר החפצים
. המון המון תודה לכם על המצווה האדירה שאתם עושים ועוזרים לאלפי חיילים ומראים את הצד היפה יותר של העם שלנו

rough translation:
I'm a soldier whose economic situation is not so good, and it really warmed my heart to receive the knitted hats and other items. Thank you so so much for the great mitzvah [good deed/positive commandment] you are doing, helping thousands of soldiers and showing the good side of our people.

Hats continue to come in from around the globe -- places like New Zealand, South Africa and England, to name a few. Special mention this week goes to Jenny from Alaska, knitting by oil lamp, and to Linda from Toronto, who knits along despite hand surgeries, and travels to Israel every summer to volunteer in the IDF's Sar-El Program. This picture of the two of us was taken this past summer in Jerusalem.

As always, thank you all,

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Letter of the Week

I'm a Chayal Boded from NY in the IDF now. We started our service on December 15th and have been at Mikveh Alon base performing basic tironut and ulpan. We recently received some of your hats and are extremely grateful!

I never realized how chilly it got in Israel since I've only been here in the summer months before. The hat makes a huge difference and it also let's us know that people are thinking of us. Thanks again and keep up the good work!

With appreciation,
The Chayalim Bodedim of Mikveh Alon

P.S. Let everyone know that they can read about our experiences at the blog "The Lone Soldier".


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Need I say more?

Your hats are so appreciated now that the winter season has finally come to our part of the world. Keep up the good work, because even though we've reached the 14,000 mark, there are constant requests for more hats. Thank you all!