Our mission is to help people experiencing the effects of chemo by providing handmade gifts of love, connection, and warmth.
Founded in 2007, we give beanies to children, adults, and veterans undergoing chemotherapy at over 550 cancer treatment centers across The United States. We have given over HALF A MILLION lovingly handmade creations to people in need
. In 2013 we began donating tiny neonatal blankets to fragile new lives in ICU incubators. (Read our founding story here
Our family of volunteer makers lovingly hand-knit and crochet beanies for those experiencing treatment-induced hair loss and tiny neonatal blankets for fragile new lives in infant ICU incubators. Our beanies and blankets serve as a constant reminder to the recipient and their loved ones that they are supported and loved.
All of our beanies and blankets are distributed free of charge to recipients.
We make a difference in the lives of people in need by providing:
Love + Connection: We see it in the letters and thank you notes that arrive at Knots of Love daily -- recipients of beanies and blankets appreciate most, the fact that someone they've never met, gave their time and love in a compassionate act of human kindness to support them on their journey -- thus creating the most priceless things we have in this life, human connection and love.
Warmth + Comfort: Our caps help keep patients warm in the cold treatment rooms and cozy/protected when outside in the elements. When it comes to babies, the little ones often sleep with our Neonatal Intensive Care blankets to transfer their scent before lovingly placing it over their fragile new life. Chemotherapy drugs cause heads to become tender and heads tend to become sore after a long day of wearing a wig. Our caps provide respite and comfort, like a cozy pair of slippers or a soft robe. Most importantly, the simple act of a patient receiving a cap made by that someone who they have never met and knowing that someone took hours of their time to make a cap by hand makes patients feel loved and less alone when going through these extremely challenging times. When it comes to babies, our NICU blankets are soft and cozy against baby, Mom and Dad. Also, they affirm that their baby is snuggled under a lovingly made blanket.
Dignity + Style: The loss of hair can be traumatic for patients, resulting in possible embarrassment, seclusion, and disconnection from the world. Our beanies provide a stylish boost of self-esteem.
❤️ Founded in 2007, our mission is to help people experiencing the effects of chemo by providing handmade gifts of love, connection, and warmth. We expanded this mission in 2013 to include tiny blankets for neonatal babies in ICU incubators.Donate Today
❤️ We've gifted over half a million lovingly handmade creations in over 14 years!
❤️ All beanies & tiny blankets are made by hand and given away 100% FREE.
❤️ We currently provide over 4,000 beanies and blankets per month.
❤️ Our creations provide love and connection: We see it in the thank you notes and letters from recipients of our gifts -- what recipients of these beautiful gifts appreciate most is the fact that someone they've never met gave their time and love in a compassionate act of human kindness to support them on their journey -- thus creating the most priceless things we have in this life, human connection and love.
❤️ Studies show, acts of kindness help the giver AND the receiver. Our organization equally helps those making the beanies and blankets and, as it does, the people who receive them and their loved ones.
❤️ Many cancer survivors have joined our Knots of Love maker family and contribute beanies and blankets to our organization to this day!
❤️ Our work has garnered many honors and awards such as; People Magazine All-Stars Among Us - Including Honors from 5 Living Presidents (this video), The American Cancer Society, Special Recognition from The U.S. Congress House of Representatives, Humanitarian of the Year Award from Women's Cancer Research Foundation, The Mayors Award (Costa Mesa), and many more.
❤️ 15,000 dedicated, loving, and compassionate volunteers donate their time, talent, and yarn by hand-making beanies and tiny blankets through the art of knitting and crochet.
❤️ Knots of Love is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Southern California.
❤️ Knots of Love currently distributes to over 580 treatment centers, infusion centers, hospitals, oncology offices, and neonatal intensive care units across the USA.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
Board of Directors
Christine Fabiani, Board Chair