Spreading Happiness with Tiny Turkeys

During this consumer-driven time of year, getting and giving something handmade sends a nice reminder of what the holidays are all about, especially when those handmade items are given away to strangers as a random act of kindness. We’re all flustered trying to get everything done that we often forget to enjoy what’s right in front of us. An unexpected gift can help us embrace joy, and these days, joy is priceless. Poptart decided to make tiny turkeys and give them away this Thanksgiving to remind people of the importance of unexpected gifts and random acts of kindness.

Poptart made these tiny turkeys from chenille sticks, and we will be distributing them on Thanksgiving Day at The Little Ice Rink at South Shore Center in Alameda, CA. We chose this spot to release the turkeys because the city is family friendly, safe (though lock your cars and hide valuables due to the increase in car thefts in the Bay Area), and has plenty of parking. The turkeys will congregate on tables, chairs, and nooks and would love to find a good home where they can brighten a shelf, mantel, or hold a family photo.

If you find a turkey, take your picture with it and post it on Twitter with #tinyturkey. All pictures will be posted below! And pass on a random act of kindness to show your gratitude this Thanksgiving! After all, ’tis the season of tiny turkeys!

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Update: We didn’t receive any pictures of the tiny turkeys, but as we were setting them out, a woman passing picked up two, and when we drove by later, they were all gone. We hope they warmed the hearts and homes of whoever found them!

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Hand-Knitted Hats for Cancer Patients

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 1,660,290 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2013. In the U.S., cancer is the second most common cause of death. And though the disease is awful, the treatment can be even more so, sapping a person’s strength and confidence. Organizations like Locks of Love provide wigs for patients who lose their hair during treatment, but there are also organizations like Head Huggers that provide handmade hats for patients. These hats are a reminder to their recipients that people care about them and their struggle against cancer.

Because Poptart is an avid crafter, we decided to make hand-knitted hats for the Bay Area chapter of Head Huggers, not only to provide what little comfort we can for those who are suffering but also to give them a little bit of sass back. We chose a bold, square-shaped hat, topped off with unique buttons. We wanted a hat that says, “Yah, that’s right. I’m kickin’ cancer and lookin’ good doing it.” We made 20 adult hats and 10 children’s hats on a knitting loom. We chose soft yarns so they won’t be scratchy on a sensitive head.

If you have the knitting or crochet bug and want to do your part to raise the spirits of cancer patients, then consider making and donating hats. For guidelines, pattern ideas, and locations to send your hats, visit Sue Thompson’s Head Huggers website: http://www.headhuggers.org/. The great thing about Sue Thompson’s Head Huggers is that she donates the hats she receives to any patient who has suffered hair loss, whether that be from cancer or surgery. If you live in the Bay Area, you can visit Amanda’s Head Huggers page on WordPress: http://bayareaheadhuggers.wordpress.com/about/. We dropped our hats off to Amanda because we were in driving distance, but both Amanda and Sue Thompson provide a mailing address you can send your hats to.

Below are some pictures of the hats we made and what they look like being worn. Hopefully our donation (and yours!) warms the heads and hearts of those who need it most.

Adult Hats

Adult Hats

More Adult Hats

More Adult Hats

Children's Hats

Children’s Hats

The Tag (include materials used and washing instructions)

The Tag (include materials used and washing instructions)

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Sassy and Trendy! Hit that cancer with some attitude!

Sassy and Trendy! Hit that cancer with some attitude!