At the January 2017 Meeting, Sondra shared the following. Since the beginning of Happy Hats in 2010, we have gifted 28,707 hats. This is the breakdown by Calendar Year:
2010 - 250
2011 - 1,239
2012 - 2,359
2013 - 4,787
2014 - 6,954
2015 - 6,533
2016 - 6,585
At the October 24th luncheon, our special guest speaker was Patty Silver from the Robson Ranch Yarn Divas. Patty has overcome many physical challenges in life including legal blindness and amputation of her foot. She shared with us how she has faced life with a positive spirit and the dramatic rise in blindness worldwide and the reasons why. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for Patty's complete Bio and Information and visit our "Thank you" page to read the sweet note she sent Happy Hats.
The luncheon was catered by Yesterdays Sandwich Shop. Thanks to Sandra Jo for all the wonderful door prizes.
Note From Shirley for August/September
My daughter, Jennifer Francis, will be taking over Happy Hats in January. I will continue to be the military liaison, attend meetings and get involved, when needed.
We have LOTS to share with you -- first, those of you who were able to attend the last meeting may recall that we have received a thank you along with a donation from a sweet couple that had gotten at hat at the OBGY clinic at Walter Reed. We have decided to send them back with a thank you a "shower in a box." I have made a baby blanket and hat and if you would like to participate, please bring any items to our next meeting on September 26th. We will mail shortly after the meeting.
The prayer squares have been a huge success -- so, as you make them, please take them to the Outlet and place in the basket on Sundays and email Joyce Jackson to let her know how many you took. We are low on blue and red ones.
I am excited to share with you that one of the Yarn Divas (the group I joined here at Robson Ranch) will be sharing with us at our October meeting. You will not only fall in love with her, but be truly inspired by her journey and how God has richly blessed her. Her name is Patty Silver (I call her "Peppermint Patty").
The Operation Shower at Ft. Hood is the first week in November. They are allowing us four volunteer spaces. So far, two people (and me) have expressed interest in participating. We will be discussing more at the next meeting.
I think that is all for now. Have a fabulous weekend!
March Meeting Notes From Shirley
A big welcome to our newest members: Eliza Montgomery, Mary Durkin ad Tiffani Roland. I hope they each find this ministry a blessings in their lives as I do. It is such a sweet ministry to be a part of.
First, we are in desperate need of 2-3 ladies to help Maylou Vulgamore teach an after school hat looming class at Curtis Elementary. If you are able to assist, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Marylou (682-551-9387). If you are able to assist, please do not hesitate to call/email her ASAP. If no one volunteers, we may have to cancel the class./
Second, at our meeting we decided to add "prayer squares" to this ministry. Joyce Jackson and Myrna Kirpatrick are going to coordinate this. We met with Kerry Patton and he was so supportive and also very excited about this new venture. He already has cards printed for us and Joyce and Myrna are in the process of where to place the basket with the squares at the church (maybe the Outlet). Our goal is to make squares for the pastoral staff to take when they make visits and also maybe have some available for members. Judy Myers and I are trying to set up a meeting at Ft. Hood with a representative of the Chaplin's office when we are at the Operation Shower next week to see is we might be able to furnish squares to the soldiers from Ft. Hood that are being deployed. The military ones must be wool or cotton; however, the ones for our church family can be any yarn. The squares must be small enough to go in a pocket/purse (no larger than 3"x5" and that may be too large). We have placed a pattern in our Happy Hats cabinet at the church (where yarn and cards are placed). This ministry was Kay Crumley's idea. Jennifer Lanham shared her pattern with us and, in fact, she made one of the squares during the meeting in 11 minutes! I think may make me a little longer.
NOTE - A link to the Pattern is on the Pattern Page on this website
If you do not have a name tag and want one, Sandra Jo Tanner is placing the order. Please email her at email@example.com.
Our next meeting is April 25th and I hope to see you there. As you can see from the addition of the prayer squares to this ministry, we really need everyone! If you no longer want to be a part of this ministry or receive the emails, please let me know and will remove you from the emails. I know how irritating it is to get emails that I no longer wish to receive.
Last, but not least, please remember to say a prayer(s) for Judy and I as we travel to Killeen. We will leave Tuesday and return Thursday after the shower. We would both love to be covered in lots of prayers from our Happy Hatters.
February 22, 2016
Judy Myers gave a report on our Granbury Chapter of Happy Hats. Anyone that lives in the Granbury area and is interested in joining this groups to make hats or receive lessons, please contact Judy.
Our beloved leader Shirley, McCrory, is planning on moving to the Denton area. Please pray that God will provide leadership when Shirley moves. If you are interested, please contact Shirley.
Jane Weeks provided a wonderful Devotional. If you are interested in giving a short devotional at our Happy Hats meetings, please notify Judy Meyers.
HAPPY HATS MINISTRY October 26, 2015
After opening prayer and welcome of new members, special testimonies were shared by Ferrellyn Hudson who recruited a new member while on a short trip to Rockport. Marilyn Finley visited Palo Pinto General in Mineral Wells and was told how happy they were with the hats. Hats were used to minister to families of babies who had gone home to be with their Lord. New Business - Shirley McCrory Darnall Medical Center at Fort Hood has a new liaison for Labor and Delivery. The center has enough hats to last for several months. Shirley will contact them later to see if they are ready for a new shipman of hats. Fort Hood will move into a new hospital facility in May. Happy Hats has been invited to tour the new facility which will probably be in June. Caleb Lain will drive one bus and Shirley McCrory the other if we need more than one. Operation Shower in San Antonio second week in November. Happy hats were invited to attend and Barbara Nebert, Shirley McCrory, and Sandra Jo Tanner will leave on November 3, 2015. The first two will set up on Thursday and all three ladies will attend the shower. Our patriotic Happy Hats will be included in the gifts for each baby.
On the same trip, Brooke Army Medical Center opened the door for the Hatters to hand-deliver 60 hats to the Hospital while the Operation Shower group is in San Antonio. Sixty beautiful patriotic hats were chosen and placed in two beautiful Stars and Stripes baskets made for us by Barbara Cranson. Currently Brooke has no group providing baby hats for their newborns so we will inquire if we can fill this need.
Happy Hats fund raiser in December at the Choir Christmas program has been approved by Keith Warren, but we cancelled because of lack of ladies to cover the shifts. Holiday Meeting Schedule will be November 23rd and no meeting in December.
Budget for 2016 Request. Shirley requested the same amount for 2016 as for last year which was $3,000 with the same agreement for NSBC to handle all mailing expenses out of the Church budget. Treasurer’s report--Sandra Jo Tanner At present the Happy Hat Church budgeted monies have been expended. The gifts and donations are about $2,000. The cost of the certificate and note being framed was an anonymous gift. The Happy Hatters raised $200 as a love offering for Barbara Nebert to help her as she recently lost her husband. This money was strictly from gifts beyond our donation monies.
Fulfilled/Outstanding requests - Joyce Jackson. October 13, 30 boys and girls requested by Caleb for India mission trip. Fulfilled. An Adult Chemo hat was requested for Dolores niece. Fulfilled. Brook Medical Facility in San Antonio requested by them for sixty hats. Will be fulfilled on trip to Operation Shower this month. Diane Pettico requested one hat for a two year old girl. Lisa Holt requested a hat for Cancer Kick Off. The Chapel Class at NSBC has requested 100 Mixed hats for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for November 12th.
Current Hat Inventory - Sondra Mize Sondra and Trent Mize mailed a box of hats to Fort Hood and the box came back . Our liaison, Captain Pollard has been moved to another department, Shirley called for a new name, etc and it still came back. Captain Amy Hammock has about 10 of our boxes and the shipment of hats will be suspended for the time being. Inventory: In Stock. Patriotic Hats: 214 Adult Hats: 86 Child Hats: 144 Yarn inventory: Leta Friddle and Clarica Burns have been joined by Barbara Nebert to keep track of the yard and the needs. At present we are low on Red, White, and Blue. (Since this meeting, some of the patriotic yarn has been purchased but more is needed.)
Other Notes Susie Houser has placed the hat size measurements on the web site. Please check them as you crochet or loom so we can be sure we are uniform. She will also post notes from the meetings. Sandra Jo Tanner asked that each officer please bring an extra copy of your report for her to use to write the notes from each meeting. Thank you.
Devotion - Judy Myers “How Happy Hats Blessed Me and others.” Blessing of the Hats A time when the Happy Hatters gather around the tables of hats and touch as many as can be touched and pray for these babies, children, and adults who will receive them and dedicate them to GOD.
Lunch and fellowship time.
Thanks to Sandra Jo for taking these wonderful notes as our new Secretary/Treasurer