Warm Ears, Warm Hearts

Diane Solomon, founder of Warm Ears Ministry

Diane Solomon, founder of Warm Ears Ministry

It’s another free week, and I’m going to share with you another group of people whose company I enjoy on a regular basis.  This time I’m sharing a bit about one of my sewing groups – we call ourselves the Warm Ears Ministry, because we make fleece hats for adults and children in need. These hats aren’t going to appear in any catalog, because they are handmade by a group of women who meet in a tiny house in Grandville, MI simply because we love to sew, and we love to help when we can.

On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month we meet at my friend Diane’s house, armed with our machines and assemble the pre-cut pieces. We each have our joIMG_0619bs – some sew, and some cut fringe and tie the tassles. Diane does all the cutting – by hand! It’s amazing her hands haven’t suffered from all that repetitive motion! My job is to sew the hems on the bottoms of the hats after they’ve been assembled.

Each of us has a job to do.

Each of us has a job to do.

When I have the bottom hem done, other ladies cut the top of the hat into strips and tie the strips together to make a tassle. We go through a massive amount of fabric each time, but it’s a lot of fun. We like to compare the various colors and textures of fleece, speculate on the people that will wear them, and laugh with each other when we make mistakes! But our main job is to make sure that people have something to put on their heads in the cold, snowy winter.

Completed hats, ready to be sent out!

Completed hats, ready to be sent out!

After the hats are completed, we sort them in piles of ten and then bag them – fifty per bag. On a good morning we can finish two hundred hats! We meet all year long (except the second half of December) because winters are really cold in Michigan, and there are a lot of families who are having a rough time. Each year we send a thousand hats to Juarez, Mexico, to a mission that distributes them along with a nice Christmas dinner. We also donate to various local missions – The Santa Claus Girls collects gifts to distribute each holiday, and In the Image provides basic needs for people all year long. Diane also scours the newspaper for notices from teachers and social workers asking for hats for the children in their care.

Do you find yourself blessed from your interactions with certain people?

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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12 Responses to Warm Ears, Warm Hearts

  1. What a lovely way to spend your time, Patricia … and in such a good cause!

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  2. What a wonderful thing your sewing group does. It is inspiring. I am sure that everyone who receives a hat is thankful for all of you.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Angela. But I think we get all the blessings just being together and knowing that we’re able to use what we have to help out.

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    that’s a fantastic ministry. And it sounds like your group is very harmonious. That’s a huge plus.

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  4. Diane Troost says:

    I have personally seen these ladies in action, and the giving of their own time, money, and steadfastness speaks volumes of the love of God they share in each hat.

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  5. I am truly touched and impressed, Patty! I love to see good hearts working with their hands and heads.
    We had a group I wanted to join here that was part of “Project Linus”, a group that makes homemade blankets for foster children of all ages.They are something comforting that trhe kids can call their won, but it seems to have disappeared.
    Your hats are practical as well as just darned cute!
    God bless you ladies.

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