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We have reach an outstanding total of helmet liners of 15,846. Thank you all so much. Our troops appreciate all we do for them.
January 18, 2017
I received a box today from Overland Park, Kansas. Michelle, a daughter, sent me a box that included 12 skeins of wool, 1 skein of acrylic and 3 caps that her mother had made. JoAnn, her mother, had lost her battle with cancer. Very sorry for your loss, Michelle. Thank you so much for your donation.
January 11, 2017
Thank you to the Gursky family for their generous donation
Happy New Year Everyone. We shipped our 48th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the Landstuhl, Germany military hospital
Since we arrived in Arizona on December 2nd, I have received 387 caps from the ladies here.
We picked up 500 decks of cards from Canterbury Downs to include with our shipments.
November 7, 2016
I received another very generous check from the Shakopee Lions Club. Thank you very much
November 4, 2016
We made the rounds to pick up 179 caps from the knitters. As we were driving, I received an email from Canterbury Downs race track. They offered me decks of cards to send with our cap shipments. Such a great
donation. They offered 500 decks per year. WOW
Darlene, a knitter from Willmar gave a generous donation and Harlan, from Montevideo, gave a generous donation. Thank you so much. Without these donations we would not be able to continue.
October 28, 2016
I received a very generous donation from friends for our Caps project. Thank you so much.
October 25, 2016
I gave a presentation at the local Lions Club looking for donations to purchase yarn and shipping costs. They were a great group.
October 18, 2016
As of today we are at a grand total of 15,097 helmet liners produced. Thank all of you for your continued support
October 13, 2016
The Caps for Soldiers article was published in the Shakopee Valley News today. The link to the article is: http://www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_valley_news/news/local/woman-s-project-prompts-knitters-to-action-for-soldiers/article_a15d1c73-b57e-50fc-ade1-485881c132bc.html
My husband and I were involved in the small groups at our Hosanna Church. We were both at the Lakeville service on Saturday. Sunday we had a table at Shakopee and Lakeville. This was a weekend that small groups had tables set up after each service to tell people what we have available. I was looking for more knitters in the area and donations to help with shipping and yarn.
September 30, 2016
We shipped our 44th box of 100 to Landstuhl, Germany
September 23, 2016
I received a box of 2 lap robes and 9 caps today from Richard Harris, Florida. Thank you
September 18, 2016
I had a phone interview with our local newspaper for the Caps for Soldiers. Watch for the link to the article.
August 31, 2016
We shipped our 43rd box of 100 today to Landthuhl Germany
I hope you enjoy the new look to our website. I had to update to 7.0
August 1, 2016
I received 12 caps and 4 lap robes from Richard Harris. Thank you
Also received a very nice thank you letter from the St Cloud VA. They appreciate our donations.
July 31, 2016
Shipped another box of caps to Landshuhl, Germany. That make a total of 4,200 shipped
July 27, 2016
I received a donation of 30 skeins of yarn from Plymouth Yarn Company.
July 5, 2016
I received a box of lap robes and caps from Richard Harris Thanks again
June 30, 2016
We shipped our 41st box of 100 caps to Landshuhl, Germany
June 7, 2016
I received a letter from Soldiers' Angels, (Landshuhl, Germany) thanking us for all our donations of helmet liners.
Richard Harris sent 4 lap robes and 5 helmet liners. Thank you Richard
May 31, 2016
Shipped our 40th box of 100 caps to Landshuhl, Germany
May 7, 2016
We delivered 11 lap robes to the St Cloud VA. All were from Richard Harris of Florida
May 2, 2016
I received 120 caps today. Thanks to all and for your help
April 30, 2016
Shipped our 39th box of 100 caps to Landshuhl, Germany. (Total of 3,900 caps shipped)
April 12, 2016
I received 25 caps and 3 lap robes from Richard Harris of Florida. Richard is an Air Force Veteran.
Today I also received 14 caps from Pat Dowie of Camano Island, WA. Thank you both
March 31, 2016
Our 38th box of 100 caps were shipped to Landshuhl, Germany
March 14, 2016
I received $43 in donations from the Monday Market in Arizona.
March 9, 2016
Thank you to the Quilters for the basket raffle donation. I appreciate your support
March 2, 2016
Thank so much to the Monday night Jam Session for the generous donation.
February 29, 2016
Thank you to the Softball Team for the generous donation.
Thank you to the Bentley's for their generous donation. Everyone's support is very appreciated.
We shipped our 37th box of caps to Landstuhl, Germany
February 20, 2016
We delivered 23 lap robes to the Phoenix VA
February 10, 2016
Thank you so much for the anonymous donation. We have wonderful people in our Arizona park
February 3, 2016
We have reached a total of 14,422 caps produced. I'm so proud of all my knitters and crocheters. I can't do it without you. Thanks
January 31, 2016
Shipped our 36th box of 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany
December 31, 2015
We delivered lap robes to the Phoenix VA
December 30, 2015
Shipped our 35th box to Landstuhl, Germany
December 20, 2015
I received a lap robe from Eileen from Kansas. Thank you Eileen
November 30, 2015
34th box of 100 caps shipped to Landstuhl, Germany
October 31, 2015
33rd box of 100 caps shipped to Landstuhl, Germany
October 14, 2015
Received a $200 donation from the American Legion in Willmar. Thank you very much.
October 8, 2015
Two of my knitters and I passed out 180 helmet liners to the troops being deployed from Willmar. It was such an honor to be at their send off.
September 9, 2015
Received a $500 donation from the VFW in Willmar. Thank you so much for your generous donation. Only through donations can we keep this project going.
August 30, 2015
Another shipment is off to Landstuhl, Germany, this is our 31st shipment of 100 caps, 5 neck pillows, 1 bag of anemites and 6 cooling ties.
July 3, 2015
Sharon, a knitter from Arizona, received an email for a soldier that was medevaced to Landstuhl, Germany. "I hope that this email finds you and your family well, first of all God Bless you and your cause. I am an Active Duty Soldier that was wounded in Afghanistan and had a very sad return and treatment, but when I was finding myself in the most depressing time of my life in wheel chair I felt cold and I saw this box with Wool caps, I took one and put it on, three days later I realized that it had a tag but I put it in my bible, one day when I was desperate I picked the bible and saw the card and I saw that it was in Psalm 91, I have never read this but it gave me so much reassurance and also it gave me hope,
For what you do I thank you and from the Bottom of my heart I wish you the best, thru you my life reached God once again. David Hanid
These letters are what make our project so rewarding and to know that we are able to give back to these brave men and women.
Received 5 caps and 5 lap robes from Richard Harris. Thanks so much Richard.
July 1, 2015
Our 30th shipment of 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany. Also included 7 neck pillows.
June 1, 2015
Our 29th shipment of 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany. Also included 3 neck pillows. Mary Ann said that the small pillows go very fast and she was sure that our neck pillows will be well received.
May 25, 2015
A thank you letter was received from Dept of Veterans Affairs of St Cloud MN. ..."These items are very much appreciated by the Veterans that receive them..."
May 21, 2015
We delivered 15 lap robes and 3 neck pillows to St Cloud, MN VA. They asked for more neck pillows
Also delivered 15 lap robes, 3 neck pillows and a box of amenities to The Eagles Nest in Sauk Centre MN (a home for homeless vets and PTSD patients)
May 14, 2015
Received a box from Richard Harris of Florida. 12 caps and 6 lap robes. Thank you
May 8, 2015
I received a wonderful letter from the Board of Directors of Soldiers Angels thanking us for our donations.
..."The goal of Soldiers' Angels is to continually bring care and comfort to our Heroes in uniform who sacrifice so much for our freedom. Contributions such as yours are a critical part of our success in our work, we see so many heartwarming expressions of appreciation from the soldiers we serve - your gift will mean a great deal to them..."
May 1, 2015
Shipped 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany (2,800 total)
April 21, 2015
I received a thank you letter from State of Arizona, Dept of Veterans Services.
April 20, 2015
Received 6 caps and 3 lap robes from Richard Harris of Florida. You are wonderful Thanks
April 17, 2015
Now home in Minnesota. We picked up 3 boxes that included 18 caps and 12 lap robes that Richard Harris of Florida has shipped while we were in Arizona. Thank you so much
April 1, 2015
Our 3rd box of needed clothing and amenities for Soldiers Angels was shipped. Also shipped another 100 caps (2700 total shipped)
March 24, 2015
We met Howard Love of Mesa to give him another 50 caps to include in his shipments to individual troops that are deployed.
March 13, 2015
Delivered 33 lap robes and 19 acrylic caps to the Phoenix VA Home. (Only wool caps are sent to deployed troops)
March 10, 2015
I received a very nice note from Claudia (mother of the Marine) "Words are not adequate to express my appreciation for sending my Grandson's Marine unit "Caps for Soldiers". The blessings these caps give to these soldiers will also reward the many who make them with their love and talent." Thank You Blessings Claudia (she also included $25 for yarn and shipping costs) Thank you very much
February 1, 2015
Another shipment of 100 caps has been sent to the hospital in Germany. Our total is now 2,500.
March 1, 2015
Our 2nd box of needed items has been shipped to Soldiers Angels in Landstuhl Germany. Included was 18 sweatpants or hooded sweatshirts and amenities. Our next shipment of 100 caps was also shipped (totaling 2,600 caps)
Owen and I met with Delores from Tempe, AZ. She gave me 100 of her knitted caps. Also met with Lou and Gail of Tempe. He is a 24 year Army retired veteran. His wife has been knitting 100's of caps for her husbands unit and the Arizona National Guard using my pattern off my website. She was referred by a Tempe yarn shop. While we were talking, I received a call from Claudia, a mom of a Marine stationed at 29 Palms, Calif. She said her sons unit is leaving for Afghanistan in April and would like 125 caps. I will send them this week.
Our total caps produced is now at 13,237
A knitter from Gilbert received this email:
My name is Chad. I'm a Marine with about 14 years in service and a pretty significant number of deployments--combat and otherwise. I'm currently deployed to the Middle East, and, unfortunately, of all the strange things, I recently had a bad reaction to some pills and my liver shut down. Not the coolest of injuries, but I got medevaced (kind of against my wishes) to Germany so that someone could figure out what was wrong with me.
I'm on the mend now, but it is COLD in Germany, and I am not used to this! I grabbed one of your hats out of a box here and it is fantastic for keeping warm!! I just wanted to say thank you very much and I really appreciate the time you took, it means a lot!!!
My thoughts are with you, I hope all is well back in Gilbert Arizona, and wish you an awesome 2015!!!
NOTE THE TEMPORARY SHIPPING ADDRESS FOR CAPS ON THE HOME PAGE
Happy New Year Everyone
We are beginning our 7th year of Caps for Soldiers. Where has the time gone.
We have produced a total of over 13,000 caps and over 200 lap robes.
We continue to send 100 caps per month to Landstuhl and have now shipped 2400 caps. 3100 patients go through the hospital in Landstuhl every year.
January 6th a benefit was given for Caps for Soldiers at our park in Arizona. It raised $727. An average over the last 5 years shows it has cost $2,207 a year to keep our project going.
This is an email from Mary Ann of the Soldiers Angels in Germany:
Thanks to you and your knitters, the patients who came through Landstuhl over the past couple of months were not only more comfortable, but were reminded how much their fellow Americans back home care for them.
Thank you for your generous donations of great, warm caps sent in October, November, and December.
One of the patients who saw us stocking the donations shelves in the outpatient barracks later stopped us outside as he was hobbling along on crutches to say thank you "for all you do for us". We replied that "everything comes from people back home who know you're here and want to make sure you know how much your service is appreciated."
We literally could not do this without you. We, and those we serve, deeply appreciate your generosity.
Hugs from Germany, MaryAnn
I have started another project in our park here in Arizona, which is for the Soldiers Angels group. Our troops medivaced to the hospital with only the clothes on their back. They are asking for items they are completely out of. Including: sweatpants, hooded zipped sweatshirts black or gray M L XL, crew neck t-shirts any color, nail clippers lg and small, shaving cream, aerosol travel size, sleep pant, deodorant, shampoo travel size. All can be found at Walmart. Go to the Soldiers Angels website for more information www.soldiersangels.org
Our first box of these needed items was shipped the end of January.
December 27, 2014
Received a shipment of 12 helmet liners and 4 lap robes from Richard of Florida. Thank you Richard
We are currently at over 13,000 helmet liners produced. Thanks to all you wonderful knitters and crocheters.
December 1, 2014
Shipment number 23 is on its way to Germany. Total of 2300 caps shipped.
November 29, 2014
Received a thank you letter from Arizona Department of Veterans Services for the 21 lap robes we delivered on November 25th.
November 1, 2014
Shipment number 22 is on its was to Germany.
We delivered lap robes, 50 caps and motel amenities to the Eagles Nest, the new Veteran home in MN.
Received a very nice thank you from them.
October 1, 2014
Our next shipment to Germany went out today. That makes a total of 2100 caps shipped.
September 27, 2014
A knitter from Arizona received a wonderful note from a Staff Sergeant J Nelson:
I was forward deployed to Afghanistan and recently Medically Evacuated to Germany. Today was the first
day that my pain was low enough to walk around so I decided to visit the USO. At the USO, I was given a knit
cap made by you with your email address on it and I had to take the time to say thank you from the bottom of
my heart. A little bit of home and gratitude from those back at home means more to us and does more for us than you will ever know. Your simple act of kindness has lifted my spirits greatly, so again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!
(It also means a great deal to us knitters and crocheters to receive these notes from the troops)
Thanks for sharing Betsy.
September 27, 2014
I received 4 lap robes and 8 caps from Richard of Pensicola, FL. Thanks again RIchard.
September 15, 2014
Today I received 25 caps from Lois of New York. Thank you, Lois. They will be on there way to Germany soon.
September 8, 2014
We delivered 15 lap robes to The Eagles Nest, a new veterans home. Then we delivered 17 lap robes the VA in St Cloud MN. Then we met Ruth of Pathfinder, who gave me 30+ caps that she had finished. Thank you Ruth
IF ANYONE IS TRAVELING AND STAYING IN HOTELS, I DO PASS THE AMENITIES ON TO OUR TROOPS.
September 1, 2014
I shipped our next box to Germany. That makes the total of 2000 shipped.
August 25, 2014
I received 15 lap robes from Faith of Front Royal, VA. Thank you so much Faith our veterans will appreciate them.
August 22, 2014
I received 5 caps and 4 lap robes from RIchard Harris of Florida. Thank you Richard
August 20, 2014
I received caps from Patti of Canton, GA. Thank you so much Patti. Also received 34 lap robes and 6 caps from Ingird of Dumfries, VA. Thank you very much Ingird.
August 1, 2014
Another 100 caps have been shipped to Germany. That makes 1900 total shipped.
July 24, 2014
I received a box of caps and lap robes from Richard Harris. Thank you so much for your support, Richard
July 15, 2014
Received a box of caps from LaDonna of Glenwood, MN. Thank you for your support. LaDonna
July 1, 2014
Todays shipment makes a total of 1800 caps sent to Landstuhl, Germany.
June 7, 2014
I got a letter from a craft group in Lake Elsinore, CA asking if they could help knit and crochet the helmet liners. I replied to let them know we would love to have them join our project.
June 1, 2014
The 17th shipment of 100 caps was shipped to Landstuhl, Germany.
May 31, 2014
A Caps for Soldiers article went in the West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN. Tom Cherveny wrote a wonderful article
May 28, 2014
A donation of $310 from the Gennie Schroeder memorial was received from the Schroeder family. Thank you so much
May 28, 2014
A donation of $310 from the Gennie Schroeder memorial was received from the Schroeder family. Thank you so much
May 1, 2014
MaryAnn of the Wounded Warrior project in Landstuhl, Germany has let me know that they will be ending their project the end of the year. She will let me know when to stop sending the caps. Today's shipment makes 1,600 total caps shipped.
April 30, 2014
We delivered 23 lap robes to the St Cloud, MN VA hospital.
When we stopped for gas I met the station manager, Angie. She told me had a daughter deployed to Afghanistan and a son that was soon to be deployed. I gave her a cap for both of them, she gave me a big hug.
April 13, 2014
We arrived home to Minnesota. We picked up 7 boxes sent to MN while we were away. Richard Harris of Florida sent 26 lap robes and 19 caps. Thank you so much Richard. The ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church shipped 10 caps. Thank you very much, Ladies.
April 1, 2014
Today;s shipment to Germany makes a total of 1500 caps that they have received from us.
The Lions Club of Alexandria, Minnesota have made a very generous donation again to the Caps for Soldiers. The ladies of Arizona completed 2000 caps this season. Way to Go, Ladies.
March 1, 2014
Sad to report one of my very dedicated knitters from our park in Arizona passed away today. Gennie Schroeder was a wonderful lady that is truly missed. Her children have dedicated that all memorials be sent to Caps for Soldiers. I was overwhelmed at this donation.
The 14th shipment of 100 caps has been shipped to Landstuhl, Germany.
February 20, 2014
Today we shipped 130 caps to a Military Police Unit in Afghanistan. They are based out of Fort Bragg NC. We also delivered 21 lap robes to the Phoenix VA Home. January is the beginning of our 6th year providing support through our knitting and crocheting for our brave troops and veterans. Thank you to all the 100s of ladies and gentlemen who have faithfully helped keep this project active.
February 1, 2014
The 13th shipment has been sent to Landstuhl, Germany. Here is a note from the coordinator of the Wounded Warrior project: " Thank you and all of your knitters so much for your generous donation! We are very grateful to have received the knit caps you sent in November and December. People often take simple things like basic clothing, personal care items, or cozy blankets for granted -- until you don't have them. Please know how much our patients appreciate your support."
January 15, 2014
With the generous donations that were received since we arrived in Arizona, the Caps for Soldiers project can continue.
January 3, 2014
Our 12th shipment to Landstuhl Germany was sent today. (Total of 1200 caps shipped)
I have collected about 800 caps from the ladies here in the valley. If you know of units that are being deployed, please let me know.
December 2, 2013
I am busy collecting caps from our Arizona knitters. Our total is now over 11,000.
November 29, 2013
We sent off the December shipment of 100 caps off to Landstuhl, Germany. This makes a total of 1100.
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November 18, 2013
Today I shipped 200 caps, 21 neck warmers, 5 scarves, 52 cooling ties and 4 large bags of hotel amenities to South Dakota for their December deployment to Afghanistan. Of the10,800 caps produced, I only have 160 caps on hand and 100 of those will be shipped to Germany next week. Way to go ladies and gentlemen.
November 5, 2013
Here is an email from MaryAnn in Landstuhl Germany - "Thank you for all of the terrific caps sent in September! Your donations help us to provide aid and comfort to the hundreds of wounded and ill troops medevaced to Landstuhl hospital each month - as well as reminding them they are not forgotten by their fellow Americans back home. Please make sure all of your knitters know how much we appreciate them. "
November 4, 2013
We shipped our 10th box of 100 caps to Landstuhl Germany. This makes a total of 1000 shipped.
October 24, 2013
Received 67 caps from Alexandria, MN Thank you very much ladies.
October 15, 2013
I have received monetary donations from Jennie-O Turkey Store, American Legion of New London, MN and Walmart of Willmar. I have sent out another 100 caps to Landstuhl Germany, that makes 900 sent so far. Received a box of caps and lap robes from Pensicola, FL and another box came in from Torrance CA. Thanks so much for the donations. Total caps received to date is 10,711.
October 7, 2013
We shipped another box of 100 caps to Germany. Total of 900 shipped.
September 18, 2013
I am so proud of all the knitters and crocheters throughout the USA and Canada who have helped us reach the whopping total of 10,600 helmet liners to date.
I received two very generous donations this month from Jennie-O Turkey Store and New London American Legion. Thank you so much for helping us keep this project alive.
Sept 15, 2013
Email from MaryAnn:
Dear Marlys - me again! Just a short note to let you know we've now also received the caps you sent in August. It's been chilly here so they're going like hotcakes :-)
Thank you again!
Sept 7, 2013
A note from Lanstuhl, Germany:
We were so excited - and grateful - to receive your generous donation this summer! We received the caps from your ladies sent in June and July. Thank you so much!
You and all of our donors kept us busy this summer with your donations, which were unpacked and distributed as fast as they came in. Please know that the patients sent to Landstuhl are very thankful and touched to know so many people back home love and support them.
I recently took a picture of our receiving room filled with boxes and posted it on the blog. Maybe you'll see one of yours!http://soldiersangelsgermany.blogspot.de/2013/09/thank-you.html
Thank you again for making a difference to our wounded warriors during their stay at Landstuhl.
Hugs from Germany,MaryAnn
September 4, 2013
Shipped 100 caps to Germany today. This is a total of 800 caps sent to our very brave wounded warriors. God Bless them and give them a quick recovery.
August 29, 2013
We delivered 13 lap robes to the Veterans Adm Home in Minneapolis.
August 24, 2013
Email from one of our troops was received today:
Hello, my name is Specialist Tyrel Hanson of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company of Litchfield, Minnesota. Today I received the knit hat you have made for us and I have to send my own personal thank you! Within a week we will be in Afghanistan and doing our jobs and it's nice to know we have people back home thinking of us. Thank you for what you do! God Bless.
August 6 2013
One of my knitters received this email:
Dear Doreen, I want to express my sincere appreciation and thanks for the caps you knit for our troops. My son, Sean, will be the recipient of one of them and I know he will truly appreciate the love with which it was made and donated. Sean will be in Afghanistan until next July so he will be able to appreciate both the coolness and warmth of the cap. Again, my most sincere thanks.
Amy Proud Army Mom
August 3, 2013
Shipped another 100 caps to our wounded warriors in Germany
July 19, 2013
I received an email from CSM Kallberg as to where to send 100 caps for the Litchfield, Minnesota deployment.
Received to boxes in the mail, one from Dunfries, VA with caps and lap robes. Thank you so much Ingrid. The other box of caps and lap robes was from Richard of Pensacola, Florida. Thank you so much Richard.
July 9, 2013
We will be shipping 378 caps for a South Dakota deployment this fall.
July 6, 2013
Our 6th shipment of 100 caps are off to Germany. Mary Ann said that we can continue the sending 100 per month.
June 5, 2013
Another 100 helmet liners have been on there way to Landstuhl, Germany. Total of 500 have been sent.
Richard of Pensacola, Florida sent another box of caps and lap robes. Thanks so much Richard
May 27, 2013
I received this wonderful email from Mary Ann in Germany:
"Thank you very much for your generous donations of caps sent in March, April, and on May 6. We were just thrilled to see all of them because it's still freezing here!"
"After over 10 years of war and a tough economy, we understand how difficult it is to keep going - for both our troops and our donors. We are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like yourself who answer the call to give again and again."
"We are so very grateful for people like you who continue to support our Heroes."
"Although things are not as busy here as they once were - thank God - we still receive new patients every day. Their stories and their experiences are just as compelling as ever. They, too, are thankful and moved to know that their fellow Americans back home haven't forgotten them. You really do make a difference."
"Thank you again for your patriotism and your generosity on behalf of the patients at Landstuhl hospital."
May 6, 2013
We shipped another 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany. (400 shipped to date) Remember to check my guestbook. I received a wonderful note from one of servicemen in Afghanistan.
Thank you to everyone that has helped make this project so successful. The troops appreciate our gifts. (10,200 is our current count of helmet liners produced)
April 15, 2013
After going through the boxes shipped to me while we were in AZ, I have received 33 lap robes and 68 helmet liners
Most of them are from Richard of Pensacola, Florida.
April 12, 2013
I have returned to Minnesota from Arizona and will be collecting helmet liners from the ladies in this area.
April 1, 2013
We shipped another 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany. (300 shipped so far)
March 12, 2013
We delivered 13 lap robes to the VA home in Phoenix, AZ. We have completed an UNBELIEVABLE 10,000 helmet liners. All but 100 have been sent to the troops. Thank you to everyone that has contributed. You are wonderful and I know that the troops appreciate what we are doing.
March 1, 2013
We shipped another 100 helmet liners to a US military hospital in Germany.
February 12, 2013
I received a wonderful letter from a Command Sgt Major based in Afghanistan. He wanted to thank us for our gift of caps. He said the temperature there was in the 30's.
February 1, 2013
We shipped 100 helmet liners to a US military hospital in Germany. This is the first 100 of the 500 that will be shipped over next 4 months. Our total count of helmet liners is now at 9,755. Only 114 of that count are available at this time.
January 25, 2013
We shipped 2,357 helmet liners to Fort Drum NY.
I received a every nice email a week later thanking us.
January 17, 2013
Today I received an email from Fort Drum, NY telling me they would be honored to receive our helmet liners. They will be
deploying 3,000 troops to Afghanistan soon. If you are able to help with this order or another order for 500 helmet liners to be sent to a hospital in Germany where our injured troops are being cared for. Germany has asked for dark gray or black caps. If you are able to help, please email me at: email@example.com for my current shipping address. Our total helmet liners completed is now at over 9,500.
December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all
This is ending our third year of serving our troops by supplying them with our handmade helmet liners. The total count of caps that have come through my hands is at an unbelievable 9,425. Thank you so much to all that have made this project a success.
God Bless our Troops and keep them safe.
November 23, 2012
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are in Arizona and loving the 80 degree temps. We brought 250 black and gray caps with us and have delivered them to Howard Love of Mesa. He has already mailed them off to the hospital in Germany where our injured troops are cared for. We also delivered 18 lap robes to VA Hospitals.
November 9th my husband and I will be leaving Minnesota for the winter. You can still mail caps and lap robes to my PO address on the home page. Once we get to Arizona and collect caps there, I'm sure we will top 9,000. Thanks to all of you.
October 17, 2012
Received caps and lap robes from Indiana and Virginia. Ladies of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Logansport, Indiana sent 58 caps. Thanks ladies. Ingrid of Dumfries, Virginia sent caps and lap robes. Thank you Ingrid. We are now at the total count of 8,950 caps completed.
August 25, 2012
Today I received caps from Barb Carzoli of Woodstock, Illinois. Thank you Barb and all those who are so generous with their time and talent to help get our count to 8,800 caps.
August 20, 2012
Today was our 46th wedding Anniversary. After going out to lunch, we dropped off 50 caps at Calvary Lutheran Church, a drop point for the Blue Star Mothers and 12 lap robes were brought to veterans at a Home.
August 18, 2012
Today I received lap robes and caps from Richard Harris of Pensacola, Florida. Thank you so much Richard
August 17, 2012
Today I sent 30 caps, soaps, shampoo, conditioner and drink packets to Jacob stationed in Afghanistan. His address was given to me by one of the vendors at the fair. I also will be dropping off caps for the Blue Star Mothers and a VFW in Hutchinson, MN that sends care packages. If you know of anyone currently deployed and want me to send caps, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 8-11, 2012
Four days at the Kandiyohi Fair were long days but very rewarding. I talked to many wonderful veterans and family members of deployed loved ones. Some shared their stories and I shared some of my stories since I started Caps for Soldiers. One veteran said he was in Iraq 3 times and Afghanistan twice. He said "seeing things such as this" (my display) "makes me smile". Another said he was in 3 wars. It was such an honor to talk to these brave veterans. A vendor for the VFW was telling me he came home from war with PSD, he got help and is now helping others coming back from war..
A Red Bulls soldier came to my booth to shake my hand. He was in the first deployment that we supplied caps for out of Appleton, MN. What a proud moment for me. This is what makes what I do so worthwhile.
One vendor has a brother in Kandahar. I gave her 50 caps to send to him. Twenty caps went to a lady sending to her brother in Afghanistan. Ten caps went to mom's or grandmother's sending to deployed or soon to be deployed family members.
Four caps were given to those currently serving.
August 2, 2012
Received caps from Mary on New Auburn, WI. Thanks Mary
July 30, 2012
This year I will again be setting up a Caps for Soldiers booth at the Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar, MN. Stop and say " Hi" if you come to the fair. Dates are August 8 through 11.
May 18, 2012
Since we have been home, I have received caps and lap robes have been received from Pensacola, FL, Alexandria, MN, a Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, AZ, Dumfries, VA, Montgomery, VA, Murfreesboro, NC, Venice, FL, Idaho, Willmar, MN and Clara City, MN.
We have now completed over 8,700 caps. I can't thank you enough for all your help.
April 5, 2012
We are now back home in Minnesota for the summer. While in Arizona I received just over 1000 caps bringing our total to just over 8,400 completed caps.
March 12, 2012
We delivered 20 lap robes to Horizon Bay Retirement Home in Apache Junction, AZ. They currently have 60 veterans. While we were there we were honored to have met two of their veterans.
March 10, 2012
A very nice article by David Brown came out today in the Arizona Republic. (photo on home page)
Howard Love picked up 65 black/dark gray caps to be shipped to a hospital in Germany where they care for our wounded troops. They have requested black and can use more.
February 18, 2012
Interview with David Brown of the Arizona Republic. Watch for the article to be released soon. We have now produced a total of 8100 caps for our troops. Thank you to all the dedicated crafters.
January 23, 2012
Today I shipped 200 caps/helmet liners to Jacksonville, Illinois. They will be put in care packages for their troops.
December 6, 2011
Today we shipped 10 lap robes to the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, IA.
Hundreds more caps have come in this last week, our total count today is 7322.
December 8, 2011
Howard Love picked up 100 caps to ship with his 'Connor Cares' project (boxes to soldiers) His patriotic grandson, Connor is now 7 and still helping send the packages. (Connor's picture on Home Page)
Howard brought me an appreciation medallion of 9/11. It's remarkable . (picture on Home Page)
November 8, 2011
Nora's received an email from her son in Afghanistan. He had just received our caps and said they were very appreciated.
I delivered 12 lap robes to a home. They were very excited to receive them for their veterans.
November 19, 2011
We have arrived in Arizona for the season and already received about 200 caps. That puts us up to 6900. I'm so proud to have such a dedicated group of ladies and gents keeping this project alive.
Watch for a couple of pictures that will be posted soon. Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving.
November 28, 2011
It was so nice to meet 5 lovely ladies from Florence, AZ. They delivered nearly 71 caps and 11 lap robes that six ladies had crafted. (picture on home page)
November 30, 2011
We delivered 36 lap robes to the Arizona State Veterans Home today. They were very happy to receive them. Including these 36, we have now delivered a total of 105 lap robes to veterans homes.
October 15, 2011
After receiving a note on my guestbook from Nora asking to purchase caps for her son in Afghanistan (Luke told her that it is very cold over there at night now) She said that he is in a very dangerous small base. I told her that we don't charge for the caps. Today I mailed 300 caps, some neck warmers, a lap robe, some crossword puzzles, Nilla Wafers and Gardettos. She said this was an answer to her prayers.
October 11, 2011
I received a copy of Deb Deacon's book. Deb & Paula have signed my copy. I can hardly wait to start reading it.
October 1, 2011
The Sew-A-Thon was a huge success. We made 216 walker bags and 100 cooling neck ties.
Our count for total caps/helmet liners is now 6,525.
September 16, 2011
I have been busy checking in caps. So far our total count is 6,329 and I know I have a lot more coming in before we leave for Arizona in November. Two boxes came in the other day from Lois Doyle (NY) she has now made 519 caps. OUTSTANDING JOB, LOIS! When we get back to AZ I know there will be hundred more delivered. Our count is going up fast now.
I contacted the Adjutant General of Wisconsin National Guard, but have not heard back yet. They have 3500 being deployed in the spring 2012.
I have added 2 new items to our caps project. I know there are people that want to help and don't knit or crochet. One is a Cooling Neck Tie and the other a Helmet Cooler. The patterns are on the Patterns Page. On October 1st there will be a Sew-A-Thon at the National Guard Armory in Willmar put on by the Fabric Warehouse and also their stores in Rapid City SD, Jamestown SD and Spencer IA will also be participating. They have added our two new projects to their list of items to be sewn that day. Check their website for more information if interested: www.fabrictextilewarehouse.com
I have received an email from Deborah Deacon, retired 20 year Navy Commander. She said "I just wanted to let you know that our book, American Women Artists in Wartime, 1776-2010 has been published. You can see the cover at http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4987-3." I'm in the book as part of the current war time. How exciting.
August 15, 2011
The County Fair is over, the weather was perfect this year. Lots of people visited me at my booth. I met 2 soldiers that were with the "Red Bulls", the first deployment that we helped supply caps to. It was wonderful to meet them and see they were safe at home. A family came by and told me there son was deployed. I let there grandson pick a cap to send to his dad. A Marine recruiter had a table outside the my building. I had him pick out a cap. A lot of people were looking at the new scrapbook that I put together.
The donations came to $130.06 and today I mailed 2 boxes of caps to the South Dakota Adjutant General, one box to Afghanistan, and one box to Iraq. Total of 530 caps, the postage came to $131.74.
July 20, 2011- HOT HOT HOT.
I will have a booth again this year at the Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar on August 10-13th. Stop in and say hi.
May 22, 2011
The 1st Brigade Combat Team Departure Ceremony was held at Historic Fort Snelling (MN) today. Shortly after the ceremony started the sky opened and it poured. It was an open field so everyone got soaked. I felt sorry for the soldiers standing at attention the whole time. All the speeches were shortened. There are 2400 troops leaving for Kuwait and Iraq after their training at Camp McCoy WI. These are the troops that will receive our caps. I was so please to meet Susan Hoff, her daughter, who is deploying and others in her family. We sat next to a gentleman that was a cousin of Colonel Eric Kerska, who will be leading the deployment. I also talked to an officer who will be leading 200 soldiers. He thanked us for our caps. (check for pictures on Home Page)
May 13, 2011
I set up the Caps for Soldiers display at the 1st Annual Knit Inn at Country Inn & Suites in Bloomington, MN. We had a very nice time on Saturday and Sunday teaching ladies and 2 Girl Scout troops to knit.. Thanks to the Compassionate Crafters for inviting me.
Here is the link to the Bloomington Sun newspaper article: http://issuu.com/acnpapers/docs/d3-bloomington-5-12-11
May 9, 2011
Today I sent 250 caps to Iron Mountain, Michigan for an upcoming deployment. Please check Judi's note of thanks on guestbook.
May 8, 2011
We drove to Alexandria, MN to pick up caps from Tammy, of Devils Lake, North Dakota. She delivered 514 caps and another group church ladies delivered over 100. I can't say THANK YOU enough to all the dedicated knitters and crocheters.
One of the knitters from ND is a 86 year old World War II veteran (medic). (group picture on Home Page)
We are very close to 6000 caps/helmet liners completed.
May 4, 2011
We delivered 2500 caps/helmet liners to Major Rickert at the Bloomington Armory (MN). At the Armory we met Roxi of the Bloomington Sun Newspaper and my sister-in-law Susan,who is a knitter from Bloomington. Roxi took pictures as we unloaded the caps and interviewed us. She will have an article in the paper on May12th.
May 2, 2011
I received an email from Major Rickert today. We will deliver 2500 caps to the Bloomington Armory on Wednesday. We have 10 large boxes with 250 caps in each box and they all fit in our car.
Also received an email from Judi in Iron Mountain, MI asking for 200-225 caps for this years deployment. I had sent 100 last year for Christmas boxes to the troops. These soldiers are now at home. She said that they all loved the caps including the Marines that received them. Those will be shipped off as soon as I get an address and final count.
April 4, 2011
Arrived home today. I received an email from Major Rickert, he will be able to let me know next week when and where I will be delivering the caps for the unit leaving MN in May. He will also know the amount needed. Originally the count was 2700, which we have available. Also a possibility of another unit of 400+ leaving the same time.
March 24, 2011
Sent 25 caps to a Medevac pilot in Afghanistan.
Over 1600 caps were turned in from the ladies in Arizona. We will be leaving April 2nd for our trip home to Minnesota. A friend in our park has ask for Caps for Soldiers information to bring to Michigan with him. There is a huge RV Rally the end of May. He is hoping to receive support for our project.
March 8, 2011
Sent 100 caps to Ross Munro, Afghanistan. I also included a note from his 94 year old Aunt Jean and photo's of her & I.
March 7, 2011
Sent 33 lap robes to a burn unit at an Army hospital in Fort Sam Houston, TX.
February 18, 2011
Today I held a Welcome Back party for a soldier that was deployed to Iraq one year ago. We also recognized the soldiers that are related to the residents of our park that are currently serving our country and the Veterans that helped keep our freedom.
I was presented a U.S. Flag and a certificate from this soldier. The flag was flown over one of Suddam's palaces on July 26, 2010. What an honor for me. I have also met a grandfather, Howard and his grandson, Connor (5) whom also have a military support project in Mesa . They send care boxes to the soldiers in the war zones. (pictures on home page)
February 14, 2011
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
It's hard to believe that we are beginning our third year and our project is growing nearly daily. It makes me feel so good to know that there are so many people out there so willing to give their time to help.
Today was a beautiful day and I have an inspiring story to share. I had received a thank you from a Navy Seal in Afghanistan and he asked if anyone knew his aunt that lives in Mesa, AZ. I found her in the phone book and called her. She is 94 years young and a real sweetheart. My husband & I went to visit her today and took her a dozen red roses and a card that I signed from her nephew, Ross. She was so excited to get the flowers from him. We took a picture that I sent to her nephew. He was so touched that he said it made an old Seal shed a tear. He said that his mom/her sister had passed away in December and she is very lonely. We will visit her again soon.
December 21, 2010
A message is on my guestbook from Chris. I talked him today and found out that they had a contest at his church, in Glencoe MN They were to search medallions. Each medallion was worth money and he wants to donate his money to Caps for Soldiers. On Sunday December 26th all the winners are to tell the congregation what mission their money will go to. He also said that he read about Caps for Soldiers in a book at his church. I will find out more about 'this book'. We have over 2000 caps ready for our next order of 2700. ' Way to go ladies'
December 9, 2010
One of the knitters from our park in Arizona brought a certificate and flag that there grandson presented to the Knitting Ladies of Superstition Sunrise Park. While in Iraq, the flag was flown on a C-130 Hercules during a combat mission throughout the country of Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. What an awesome gift.
November 16, 2010
The requests are coming in for caps/helmet liners. Today I received an email from Kim of Brainerd, MN. She asked for 130 caps to be sent to a husband stationed in Afghanistan. Kim is a niece of Carolyn Mutschler of Arizona. Last January I sent Carolyn's grandson, Alex, caps when he was in the mountains of Afghanistan. Alex is now in Germany.
The 130 caps will be sent tomorrow as we leave for our trip to Arizona.
November 4, 2010
I received a request for 100 helmet liners yesterday to be sent from the Office of Veteran Affairs in Michigan. These helmet liners will go in Christmas stockings and sent to Afghanistan. They were mailed out today.
November 3, 2010
I delivered 12 lap robes and 21 acrylic caps to the VA Hospital today. They were very excited to get them.
October 25, 2010
I was invited to be a guest at the Compassionate Crafters Open House tonight. I was overwhelmed when I walked in and saw the stack of caps they had completed. In just two months the ladies had finished 277 caps for our Caps for Soldiers mission. I'm so proud to have met these wonderful ladies. I also received a $50 Walmart gift card that Peg Weiman received as a donation from Walmart. Thank you all so much for your help and support. God Bless you all.
Wednesday (10/27) we will be flying to Atlanta, GA for our grandson's graduation from basic training at Fort Benning. His duty station will be in Washington DC as an Honor Guard. His brother will be deployed to Iraq the end of November. Please keep them and all our soldiers in your prayers.
October 29, 2010
After our grandson's basic training graduation today in Fort Benning, GA, we were on the tram headed to the Atlanta airport. I sat next to two Staff Sgt's that were being deployed to Afghanistan. I was so glad that I had 2 completed caps to give them and thanked them for their service. On the Delta flight home, the flight attendant invited our grandson to move to first class.
September 14, 2010
It was so nice meeting some of you at the Kandiyohi County Fair. Thank you so much to Darlene Thorpe for being there with me the full 4 days. It was fun and we did get alot of new knitters and $118 in donations. The last evening of the fair I put my name into a drawing for a guitar and I was so excited when my name was drawn. Today I go to my third lesson. You CAN teach OLD dogs new tricks.
I have been getting crocheted caps that are way to small. Please check the patterns on the website. All the caps should be at least 8 inches long from cast on to the bind off. We will have to add on to these caps, which takes a lot of time.
The lady from Idaho that I had shipped 500 caps to last June, had their send off at the Gowan Field last Thursday. Yesterday I received 700 caps from her. I now have 1300 caps ready for the order of 2700 for spring of 2011. Thank you all for your dedication to this cause.
I just did a burn test on a short piece of wool yarn and on a piece of acrylic yarn. The acrylic burned completely up and the wool started to burn and quit right way. It did NOT burn up. Another reason to NOT use acrylic for our caps. If you have a skein with no label, this is a very good test. (Please be careful) I received 20 caps that I thought were acrylic but with this test they were wool.
August 6, 2010
I just learned that Iowa has a deployment of 2800 soldiers but I don't have a date. I sure would like to supply them with caps also but I have already committed to Minnesota for spring 2011. The donations for June and July were $207 and just received a $100 donation from Women of Today. Their donation reimbursed some shipping costs.
Our 2nd grandson, enlisted in the Army, left in July for Fort Benning, GA for his basic training. Before he was through reception, he received his orders for after AIT (advanced individual training). In October he will be headed for Washington DC for 3 years to be an Honor Guard. His brother, who is stationed in Fort Riley, KS will be training in Louisiana and then deployed to Iraq in November. We are so proud of them both.
Remember that Aug 11-14th I will have a booth at the Kandiyohi County Fair in Willmar, MN. Stop and say hi. Thursday's the free corn feed.
July 11, 2010
My 30 minute radio spot wasn't on today but will be on Sunday July 18th at 7:30 am.
I had a request for a cap from a Navy Seaman from Seattle. That will be mailed tomorrow
July 5, 2010
I hope you all had a great 4th of July. Thanks for your great comments on guestbook. I appreciate your support.
For those of you snowbirds, just hold your caps until I get back to Arizona in the fall. For those from Minnesota I will collect your caps before we leave for the south. I will see if I can set up some drop points for you. August 11 - 14th I will have a booth at the Kandiyohi County Fair to find more knitters and donations. Come & visit. July 7th I will be taping for a radio program that will be aired on 1590am, Sunday July 11th at 7:30 am.
July 2, 2010
I received a call from a Major of the National Guard, he said there will be 2700 soldiers being deployed in the spring/early summer 2011. He thanked us for what we are doing for the soldiers & asked me to contact him later in the summer to see if he has more information for us.
June 29, 2010
To date we have completed 2350 caps and I have 271 available for our next order. There are 2700 troops being deployed out of Minnesota in the next year and I am hearing of a couple different units leaving in January. I have contacted the Adjutant General here in Minnesota and waiting for a reply.
June 28, 2010
In April, as we were driving home from AZ and stopped in Liberal, KS for lunch, I fell outside of Pizza Hut. After 4 hours in emergency and cast on my arm and a air cast on my leg (both left side) we were off for MN. I broke my ankle, little finger and 2 bones in my elbow. Vicodin was great. Hubby had to help me do everything for a few weeks. Then after 7 weeks he takes a fall chasing geese off our lawn. Well, he broke his left ankle also. Its now been 12 weeks for me and 5 weeks for him. He is on crutches, I'm not. It was very hard taking time off of my knitting, but I was able to get some letters for donations out with one handed typing. I sent a letter to Galway yarn and this year they donated 40 skeins. How great is that!!
I was asked to visit with a knitting group in Big Lake, MN, so we drove down to meet the ladies. They gave me 11 caps and said they would dedicate their time the next 2 months to our project. They are a small church group of 5 that have many projects going at one time. Thanks ladies the caps look wonderful.
June 24, 2010
Owen and I flew to Washington DC last weekend to see our grandson, who is serving as Honor Guard at Arlington Cemetery. We were privileged to be on the flight with Amy Klobuchar, US Senator. She is such a sweet person to talk to. I gave her one of my cards and she thanked us for what we are doing for the troops.
June 7, 2010
Before leaving Arizona for the summer, a lady from Idaho came to me to find out how I started the Caps for Soldiers. She wanted to start the same type program in Idaho. To her surprise when she got home and started getting set up, she found out that her first order was going to be for 2700 soldiers deployed from Boise. She said it took her breath away. When she emailed me and told me I felt that I could help her out by sending her 500 of our caps. She and her daughter were extremely surprised and thankful for our donation. She and her husband did reimburse me for the shipping costs.
February 24, 2010
I was honored to meet Sgt Major C. Kallberg and her husband 1st Sgt J. Kallberg when they came to our park to visit with her parents after returning from Iraq .
February 22, 2010
First Sgt Larson came to visit his mom and dad in our RV Park in Arizona before deploying to Iraq. A ceremony was held to honor him and all the veterans in the park. When he left for Fort Bliss, TX, he took along with him 678 caps for every soldier in the Engineer Battalion. The emails that we receive from the soldiers are priceless.
One soldier said 'the day these hats came to my unit was one of the best days we had when we were in El Paso, it was like a gift from God and I thank you for that day we all had smiles from ear to ear'.
Another soldier wrote: 'I just wanted to let you know that this is what counts to soldiers when they are on deployment. Little things like these beanies really let us know that while we may be hating life, there are people still half-way around the world who have never met us, who may not believe in the work we do, but who believe in us 100%.'