April 14, 2022

Received 23 caps and 5 lap robes from Richard Harris of FLA. Thank you Richard.

Shipped a box of 90 caps and 25 decks of cards to the 4th deployed unit from Colorado.

April 7, 2022

Picked up 42 caps from Sue S. in Lincoln, Neb on our way to MN. Thanks Sue

Thank you to all my wonderful knitters, our grand total is now at 25,694 caps/helmet liners produced

March 24, 2022

We shipped 3 boxes (90 per box) to 3 deployed Colorado

Received 38 caps from Pat of AZ/MN and 24 caps from Jan of Tennessee. Thanks gals

March 10. 2022

Betsy of Gilbert brought me 24 caps. Thank you Betsy. Received caps from Washington state and California

Received 26 caps and 6 lap robes from Richard of Fla

February 10, 2022

Shipped one box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Military Hospital in Landstuhl Germany

January 10, 2022

I received caps from Linda in Bolivar, TN, from Pam in Meridian ID and Richard in Florida


December 8,2021

We shipped 3 boxes of caps (300) along with 90 decks of cards to Korea.

December 1, 2021

We delivered 26 lap robes, 12 neck pillows, 4 wool caps to the Phoenix AZ

November 30, 2021

I received 131 caps from Mary (90) of Nova Scotia. Thanks Carolyn for delivering them.

November 24, 2021

Today we shipped another 2 boxes (100 caps each) which included 30 decks of cards each box to the Red Cross in Korea. We have now produced an amazing 24,778 caps/helmet liners.

Since we arrived in Arizona a week ago, I have received 216 caps. Way to go knitters.

November 9, 2021

Today we shipped a box of 100 caps to Korea along with 30 decks of cards

NOTE:   address change for November 1st on home page

November 2, 2021

We delivered 42 caps to Arden Hills, MN today, I gave a short speech and handed out the caps individually. Then had a picture taken with the troops that will be deployed in December. It was a huge honor for me to be able to meet these wonderful men and ladies. One asked to have her picture taken with me so she could give it to her husband. (picture on home page)

October 30, 2021

I picked up 80 caps knitted by Arlene of Alexandria, MN. Thank you Arlene.

October 9, 2021

We shipped 1 box of caps and cards today to my Red Cross contact in Korea.

October 7, 2021

Nancy of Apple Valley, MN delivered 43 of her caps. Thank you so much. Our count currently is 24,428 total caps produced. I can hardly believe what we have achieved, but I counted and shipped everyone.

October 2, 2021

One of my knitters in AZ forwarded an email she received from the Red Cross Air Base in Romania "Just wanted to send you our thanks for the warm knitted caps you have provided our Soldiers! It is getting cold here at night and they were really grateful for them in the evenings during the times they are out in the field for training and exercises. Our Soldiers don't just grab them and go. They reach into the bin, rubbing the hats between their fingers, finding one that is a color and a texture that "fits". The grins when the "find the one" is pretty amazing. You can see them wearing the hats all over the base.

We appreciate your support and are grateful for the tradition of sharing your talent with our servicemembers."  Samantha Hand 

September 27, 2021

I received the following email from 'Hello there. I actually got a cap that had your email address on it. I wanted to give you this email to thank you for this cap and I'll definitely be putting it to good use. Hope you have a lovely morning, afternoon or evening where you are and God BLess you. Spc Marinez' Its so great to hear back from those that receive our caps.

September 21, 2021

Two boxes of caps and 30 decks of cards shipped to Germany today

September 18, 2021

Pat of Savage, MN delivered 50 caps. Thank you very much Pat

September 11, 2021

Arlene Johnson of Alexandria, MN sent 160 caps she made. Great job, Arlene

August 25, 2021

Today we shipped 2 boxes of caps and cards to the hospital in Germany.

August 2, 2021

Received 17 caps and 4 lap robes from Richard Harris in Florida. Thank you RIchard, you are awesome

July 21, 2021

Shipped 2 boxes of caps (100 caps, 30 decks of cards) and 2 boxes of neck pillows (20) to Germany

July 17, 2021

We delivered 10 neck pillows to the VA hospital in St Cloud, MN

June 19, 2021

We delivered 6 lap robes, 10 neck pillows and anemities to the Eagles Nest in Sauk Center MN. This is a home for homeless veterans and those with PTSD

June 8, 2021

Three boxes were shipped to the Landstuhl Germany military hospital.

March 3, 2021

Delivered 6 lap robes and 12 decks of cards to the Phoenix VA. Our cap count is now at 23,149. Thank you to all that have contributed.

February 17, 2021

We delivered 22 lap robes to the Phoenix VA home and 29 caps

February 11, 2021

Shipped a box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Korea.

I received 12 lap robes from Kay K in AZ.

January 19, 2021

Another box was shipped to Korea today. An email was received from my contact in Daegu, Korea: 'Thank you so much for your last box of caps and cards!! You know, those card decks are almost as popular as the caps themselves! *lol*. Thank you for continuing to support our Soldiers: you really make our job so much more fun!!'  'Your caps continue to be so very popular, especially now that it is cold again.'    Our total count is now at 23,002.

January 3, 2021

An email from a Soldier: Hey, This is Kim Yejun who is serving in KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to the US Army) Thank you so much for such a nice hand made hat. it's really warm and good.

2021 the years are flying by, this is beginning my 13th year of serving our troops. Its been very rewarding for me. We have shipped 2,600 caps to Korea and 8,400 caps to Germany to date.

December 29, 2020

Shipped a box of caps and decks of cards to Korea today.  Our total count is now at 22,895. I can't thank our crafter's enough for their time and talent. It takes an army to do what we have accomplished. I have received caps/helmet liners from Canada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, Oregon, South Dakota, Colorado, New York, Minnesota, Iowa,

December 24, 2020

Email from a Soldier: First I want to say thank you for the lady that made the cap I received (Arlene of MN) As Korea gets colder it was a pleasant surprise to be able to receive the wool cap. I always appreciate the hand made stitching as well as the energy and love that was put into making it. My Soldiers and I tank you for the assisted warmth and extend our sincerest gratitude. On behalf of the 560th Medical Company we once again thank you and wish everybody that participates in this program a Happy Holiday season.' Patrick Hagan

December 15, 2020

When I receive 100 caps in from the knitters, they are shipped off to Korea from October to March and then Germany the summer months. Today I shipped another 100 caps to Korea.

December 1,2020

Two boxes were shipped today to the Red Cross in Korea

November 2, 2020

Today we shipped 3 boxes of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards each to Korea. Also shipped 1 box to the military hospital at Landstuhl Germany.

October 20, 2020

It started snowing today, so far about 6".  So far we have completed a total of 22,278 caps. Thank you all so much for your dedication to this project. They are all shipped except for 200 which will be shipped on November 1st.

October 3, 2020

Today we shipped 2 boxes of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards each (17th & 18th) and also shipped 1 box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Germany (8200 caps)

September 17, 2020

Today I received 28 caps and 5 lap robes from Richard Harris of Florida. Thank you 

September 1, 2020

Two boxes of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards each were shipped to the hospital in Germany (80 & 81) 

August 30, 2020

I received a very nice letter today from a lady in Tennessee. Her church would like to start making caps and lap robes for our Caps for Soldiers project. I answered her immediately by email and told her how excited we were to have them join us. 

August 3, 2020

Today we shipped our 79th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Germany. 

July 3, 2020

Our 78th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards were shipped to Germany. 

​Pat Schroeder brought me 45 caps. Thanks Pat.

June 27, 2020

Today we picked up 533 caps knitted by Arlene Johnson of Alexandria, MN. WOW, what a knitting machine she is, she must knit in her sleep. Thank you so much Arlene. 

May 21, 2020      

We shipped 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Germany. (7,700 caps)

May 18, 2020

I received 22 caps and 6 lap robes from Richard Harris of Florida and 5 caps from Ruth V. of Oregon.

April 13, 2020

100 caps and 30 decks of cards were shipped to the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany (7,600 caps).

March 12, 2020

Our 16th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards were shipped to Korea today.

February 20, 2020

We shipped 1 box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Korea and 1 box of 20neck pillows to the hospital in Germany. We are now at 21,070 caps produced. Thank you to the knitters and to all the supporters.

February 19, 2020

AJ News has published an article about Cap For Soldiers, the journalist is a AJ High School student that has won a national journalism award. Link as follows:

February 15, 2020

Another box of 29 neck pillows was shipped to Landstuhl military hospital, Germany.

January 30, 2020

We shipped a box of 100 caps and 30 decks of card to Korea (14th box). Also shipped a box of  15 neck pillows to the hospital in Germany

January 16, 2020

Two boxes were shipped to Korea (# 12 and 13) along with 30 decks of cards in each box. Our count is now at 20,940 caps produced.

January 12, 2020

We celebrated 20,000 caps produced today with wonderful music by Carolyn S. I gave a review of how we got from the 1st cap to the 20,000. Howard Love spoke about his many boxes sent to the combat zones. Jerry and Maggie spoke about the service years. The knitters read emails from the troops (many tears). we honored our 7 deceased knitters and crocheters, and enjoyed cake and refreshments.

January 2, 2020

Our 11th box of 100 caps has been shipped to Korea. The Red Cross has asked for all the caps we can spare through the winter. MaryAnn, in Germany, is ok with caps for the winter. She said to send them to Korea for now.

December 30, 2019

We shipped another box of 100 caps to Korea before we leave for Arizona. Box #10

December 27, 2019

We picked up 188 caps from one lady. Wow, Arlene, you are a knitting machine

December 24, 2019

This is an email from a mom of a soldier in Korea, received by Nancy from Minnesota. Photo on home page
Good afternoon,
I wanted to send this email to tell you how special your gift was to my son. He is stationed in South Korea & it’s his first time away from home for the holidays. 
He told me that even though he wasn’t going to be home that he was receiving a lot of love from many and that he loved the hat you made him and wears it every day!
Thank you so much for taking the time to make many soldiers away from home a little loved around the world!  It truly means the world to me to hear his happiness around this time. 
From the bottom of my heart I thank you and God Bless!

from a soldiers mommy

December 17, 2019

We flew back to Minnesota for Christmas with the family

December 12, 2019

We shipped 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Korea, box #9

December 2, 2019

We shipped 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Korea, 8th box. Susanne had requested all that we can spare.

November 15, 2019

I had total knee replacement at Mayo Phx. Hopefully it won't slow me down to much.

October 21, 2019

Today we shipped 3 boxes of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards in each, to Korea. This makes a total of 7 boxes shipped to the deep freeze of Korea. Susanne also told me that they share the caps with our troops very near the DMZ zone. Its even colder up there. God Bless our troops.

October 2, 2019

I received 105 caps from Arlene J. of Alexandria. Thank you Arlene (picture on home page)

September 26, 2019

Our 75th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Germany via San Antonio, TX

September 21, 2019

Today I shipped our 74th box of caps and cards to Soldiers Angels at Germany via San Antonio, TX

September 12th and 20th

I received caps from Richard H. in Florida. Thank you very much

September 3, 2019

I shipped another box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl Germany hospital today via San Antonio, TX.

August 14, 2019

I have received an email Soldiers Angels in Germany. I will be shipping our boxes to their Headquarters in San Antonio, TX. Today I mailed our first box the the Texas address.

August 13, 2019

I set up our caps display at a Resident Art Fair at an assisted living home in Lakeville, MN. I talked to many very nice residents. I when I got home I had received a package from a friend, she had sent me hotel anemities and a wonderful donation of $100 to help with our shipping and yarn costs. Thank you so much Darlene.

August 12, 2019

I talked to the USO in Anchorage, they will let me know if the bases in Alaska would like to receive our caps.

August 5, 2019

I received 6 lap robes and 18 caps from Richard Harris of Florida. Thank you. Our caps produced has reached a grand total of 20,077. Its so amazing.

August 4, 2019

Today we have lost a dear friend, Mary Stoneback, who was a skilled knitter and created over 300 caps for our troops. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

June 24, 2019

One of our knitters, Dixie, sent 16 caps to the USO in Fairbanks and Anchorage Alaska.

The postmaster in Germany has denied 2 of our boxes that I sent to Landstuhl Hospital. I have gotten no real reason for it. I have sent 100 caps a month for 6 years (7200 caps). I'm waiting to hear a resolution to the problem.

June 14, 2019

I received 80 caps from Arlene Johnson of Alexandria. Thank you

June 12, 2019

I picked up 5 boxes (720) of playing cards from Canterbury Downs horse track.

June 9, 2019

We delivered 40 neck pillows to the St Cloud VA

June 7, 2019

We delivered 40 neck pillows to the Eagles Nest in Sauk Center (their residents are PTSD veterans)

June 1, 2019

We shipped our 73rd box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Germany.

May 11, 2019

We delivered 10 lap robes and 36 neck pillows to the VA in St Cloud, MN

May 10, 2019

We picked up 339 caps from Arlene Johnson and 38 caps from Terri Linneof Alexandria, delivered to me by Bonnie Holm. Thank you very much for all you do.

May 2, 2019

My neighbor, Angel, brought me 50 neck pillows that she had made over the winter. I showed her how they were constructed, her parents bought her a sewing machine for Christmas. She has many more cut out ready to sew. Thank you so much, Angel, our troops appreciate them.

May 1, 2019

We shipped the 72nd box of helmet liners and 30 decks of cards to Germany today. 

April 20th we arrived back in Minnesota, address on home page. Our current grand total is 19,420 caps produced.

April 1, 2019

Our 71st shipment of 100 caps were sent to Landstuhl, Germany today

March 30, 2019

I shipped our 70th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Germany.

March 25, 2019

I received 9 caps and 5 lap robes from Richard in Florida. Thank you

January 14. 2019

Today I received 2 lap robes and 17 caps from Richard Harris of Florida. Thank you Richard

I have just received word that there will be a deployment from Arizona. I'm waiting to hear how many troops and when they will be deployed. I have 313 caps available. To date we have produced an amazing total of 19,019 caps. Thank you very much to the knitters, crocheters and those who have supported with monetary donations.

December 29, 2018

In November our contact from the hospital in Germany told me they have had fewer patients going through the hospital in Landstuhl. She asked that I hold off shipments of our caps for 3-4 months. Today Howard of Mesa, received an email from a Red Cross contact from Korea, she said that "our caps are like gold in Korea, the winter wind is torture". Today I shipped a box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Korea. Ten years ago December 2008, I sent our grandson a helmet liner, when he was stationed in Korea. Today we have produced 18,900 caps.

December 11, 2018

I received 3 lap robes and 14 caps from Richard Harris of Florida. Thank you so much Richard

December 1, 2018

We have shipped our 70th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl Germany. Total of 7000 caps have been shipped to the hospital. MaryAnn from the Soldiers Angels, is on the receiving end of our shipments to the hospital has sent this email 'Thank you for your very thoughtful donations. We were so excited to receive the boxes you sent.  The caps and neck pillows you sent go a long way in making our patients more comfortable during their stay at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, for which we're very grateful. Sometimes they ask us, "where do all these things come from?" And we tell them there are many patriotic Americans back home who know they are here and who care about them. They are so thankful and moved to know that their fellow Americans back home haven't forgotten them.'

November 20, 2018

We delivered 6 lap robes and 5 caps to the Phoenix VA.

November 10, 2018

Ruth, of Oregon, sent 7 caps. Thank you Ruth.

November 6, 2018

I met with a knitting group before we left for Arizona and received 31 caps and 1 lap robe

November 2, 2018

I shipped 60 neck pillows today in 2 boxes. A special neighbor, Angel and I made them all. Thank you Angel. The shipping cost was very expensive, $93.50. It pretty much depleted the Caps checking account. If anyonewould liketo donate to our Caps for Soldiers project, it would be greatly appreciated, so we can keep letting our troops know we are thinking of them while they are protecting our country. God Bless our Troops.

November 1, 2018

Shipped the 69th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl Germany today.

October 20, 2018

Another new knitter, Heather, of Maryland, has sent me 2 caps, thank you so much for donation to our Caps project. Your help is greatly appreciated.

October 12, 2018

Ruth, of Oregon sent me another 6 caps. Thank you Ruth, they are wonderful.

October 6, 2018

I received 109 caps/helmet liners from Arlene of Alexandria, MN. 

Richard Harris of Florida sent me 18 caps and 4 lap robes. Thank you Arlene and Richard, they look great.

October 1, 2018

We shipped the 68th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl Germany.

September 25, 2018

A new knitter, Ruth, of Oregon, sent me 6 caps. They look wonderful Ruth. Thank you.

September 1, 2018

Shipped our 67th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to

August 15, 2018

Richard Harris of Florida shipped another box of his caps. Received 21 caps and 3 lap robes. Thanks Richard.

August 11, 2018

We met Bonnie, from Alexandria, MN, she brought me 114 caps that Arlene had made for Caps for Soldiers. Thank you Arlene.

August 1, 2018

We shipped our 66th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards for the hospital in Germany.  Total of 6600 caps shipped to Landstuhl.

July 15, 2018

Pat Schroeder brought me 33 caps. Thank you Pat.

July 9, 2018

I received a box from Richard of Florida. He shipped 17 wool caps and 3 acrylic lap robes. Thank you Richard.

July 1 2018

We shipped our 65th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Landstuhl Germany.

June 1 2018

We shipped the 64th  box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Landstuhl Germany.

May 12, 2018

We met a friend from Alexandria, that had picked up 211 caps from her knitters. Thank you Bonnie, Arlene and Carla. Wonderful job knitting. We also dropped off lap robes, caps and amenities to the Eagles Nest in Sauk Center, MN. To date we have produced 18,100 caps.

May 1, 2018

Shipped our 63 box of 100 caps, 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl Germany

April 24, 2018

We are back in Minnesota enjoying spring.

April 12, 2018

We delivered 450 caps and 230 decks of cards to Florence National Guard for their upcoming deployment. Thank you to Maggie, Fred and Matt for making this possible. Photos on the home page.

April 3, 2018

Thank you to all our friends and neighbors who have helped support my Caps for Soldiers project with monetary donations over the last 10 years. With the USPS rates for the shipment of boxes to the military hospital in Germany increasing and the cost of yarn, your donations are very important for this project to continue. We have reach a total of 17,800 caps produced to date.

March 31, 2018

We shipped our 62nd box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards today.

February 27, 2018

Our 61st box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards was shipped today.

February 13, 2018

Channel 10 FOX news came to our park to interview a few Caps for Soldiers crafters. Photos on home page. Our total caps produced is now 17,600. We will be supplying over 300 caps to the Florence, AZ deployment this summer.

January 31, 2018

This shipment to Germany will be our 60th box of 100 caps (6,000) also 30 decks of cards.

January 21, 2018

I received another box from Richard Harris of FLorida. He had sent 4 lap robes and 12 caps.

2018 begins our 10th year

December 31, 2017

Shipping our 59th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Germany.

We are now in Arizona, the winter address is on the Home Page.

Our total caps that have been received over the last 9 years is now at a total of 16,830 with more to collect in Arizona.

November 3rd and November 7th

I have made 100 neck pillows that are being shipped to our injured troops in Germany. Two boxes of 30 each have been shipped so far. Picture on the Home Page.

October 31, 2017

Today we shipped our 58th box to Landstuhl Germany to the hospital were our injured troops are taken.

October 24, 2017

I received 120 caps from our wonderful knitters in Alexandria MN Thank you so much

September 30, 2017

Today we shipped a box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl, Germany.  Total shipment to date is 5,700 caps.

September 23, 2017

My neighbordonated $50 to the Caps for Soldiers for our shipping costs. Thank you so much Angel

September 16, 2017

We delivered 16 laprobes, 50 decks of cards and caps to the St Cloud, MN VA. Also delivered to The Eagles Nest in Sauk Center, MN 50 decks of cards and 3 bags of amenities.

September 6, 2017

We picked up another donation for this year of 5 boxes of playing cards from Canterbury Downs horse track in Shakopee, MN. Thank you so much. The cards a shipped with the boxes of caps to Germany each month

August 31, 2017

Another shipment was mailed today to Germany, Our total todate is 5,600 caps shipped

July 31, 2017

Today we shipped another box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl, Germany. This makes a total of 5,500 caps shipped.

June 30, 2017

Shipped 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to Landstuhl, Germany. 5,400 shipped todate

June 27, 2017

We received a letter from Soldiers Angels. "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."

June 24, 2017

Received a letter from Del Webb Veterans Group of Manteca, California thanking us for our wool caps. "The majority of the caps we received will be used to help support the troop packing events that we attend. Your donations of time, material and postage are truly appreciated by not only active duty personnel but also those of us who have already served."

June 13, 2017

Richard Harris shipped 12 caps and 4 lap robes to me.

May 31, 2017

Shipped 100 caps to Landstuhl, Germany. 5,300 shipped todate.

May 27, 2017 I received a very nice letter from the Arizona Department of Veterans Services thanking us for the 23 lap robes that were delivered to the VA Phoenix.

May 10, 2017

I received 2 lap robes and 5 caps from Richard Harris of Florida. Thank you RIchard.

April 30, 2017

We shipped our 52nd box of helmet liners and decks of cards to Landstuhl, Germany.

March 22, 2017

We shipped 100 caps and decks of cards to Landstuhl, Germany. Our 51st box of 100 caps

March 2, 2017

We delivered 23 lap robes to the Phoenix VA Home.

February 28, 2017

Another box of 100 caps and cards have been shipped to Landstuhl, Germany. That 5000 caps shipped to the hospital.

February 20, 2017

Received a thank you letter from the State of Arizona VA thanking us for the 23 lap robes we dropped off at the Veteran Home.

February 16, 2017

Richard Harris of Florida shipped me 20 caps and 6 lap robes.

February 1, 2017

I have been asked if we ship our caps to the Canadian Armed Forces ( I have many knitters from Canada). I contacted the Canadian Forces and did receive a reply, they thanked us for the offer but they do have helmet liner.


January 31, 2017

We shipped our 49th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

January 26, 2017

I received 100 caps from Delores of Arizona. Thank you so much

January 22, 2017

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

January 9, 2017

I received a very generous check from the American Legion Auxiliary of Neenah, WI Thank you very much for your support.The knitters and crocheters have produced 15,550 caps to date. How wonderful they are

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year Everyone.  We shipped our 48th box of 100 caps and 30 decks of cards to the Landstuhl, Germany military hospital

December 19, 2016

We flew to Minnesota.  I met with a knitter from Lakeville and received 13 caps from 2 new knitters. Thank you

December 14, 2016

Since we arrived in Arizona on December 2nd, I have received 387 caps from the ladies here.

December 2, 2016

 When we got here we picked up a box from Richard Harris of Florida. He shipped 17 caps and 4 lap robes. Thank you Richard.

December 1, 2016

Another box of 100 caps and 100 decks of cards was shipped to the hospital in Germany. We have now shipped 4700 boxes

November 8, 2016

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:

October 10, 2016
Richard Harris a box with 3 lap robes and 8 caps. Thank you Richard

October 8, 2016
Pat Schroeder brought me 22 of her knitted caps. Thank you Pat

October 1, 2016

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

February 2015
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!!!
Thank you!


January 2015
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:

Dear Marlys,
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
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

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.

March 15,2014
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.


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:
Dear Marlys,
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!
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: 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

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:

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" 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:

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
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%.'