Betsy’s son lives in Aomori Prefecture, one of the earthquake/tsunami stricken areas of Japan. He has lived in Japan for the past three years, and has spent his summers there teaching English for even longer. In Betsy’s words, “Alex teaches junior high school. He is fine, but knows people who have lost everything. We have also visited him in Japan and have been to two of the towns that are now virtually gone. The people of those towns were so very friendly and welcoming to us and it breaks my heart to think that a lot of them are now gone forever. My only real skills are knitting and crocheting and while watching the news in the days following the tragedy, I noticed some of the people wearing knitted hats. It gets very, very cold and snowy in that area and a lot of people have lost everything so I thought, “Here’s something tangible that I can do!” Knowing knitters, I thought others might like to help so I’ve put the word out everywhere I know.”
I would love to help Betsy reach her goal of four hundred hats for Japan, wouldn’t you? By September, when Betsy travels to Japan to deliver the hats, the tragedy there will most likely no longer be in the news. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for those who receive our gifts to know that they have not been forgotten? A knitted or crocheted hat is a small gift, but it is a handmade gift, and one that can be filled with love and prayers. There are no size or pattern requirements. Both adult and children’s sized hats are welcome.