The Last Chance Charity Knit Along
Posted by Hope Ramsay Aug 21 2013, 9:04 am
The best thing about being a published author is having readers.
This is an obvious statement. But my appreciation for readers goes way beyond the fact that they consume the stories I write. The truth is, I’ve gotten to know a few of my readers pretty well, and I’ve found that readers give back a whole lot more than just the money they plunk down when they buy a book.
Let me tell you a story about one of my readers.
Not too long ago I set up a Facebook group for readers, which is called the Last Chance Book Club. Some people might call this group a “street team,” but for me, this group is less about marketing and more about getting a chance to talk to readers who really like the Last Chance series.
In the months that the group has been up and running, I’ve gotten to know some of my readers very well. And, of course, they’ve gotten to know me better, too. And then, about six weeks ago, one my readers, a woman who is battling cancer, posted a request in the Facebook group. She knew that I was an avid knitter, and that my next full-length novel features a yarn shop. So she asked me if I would please let my knitter friends know about a charity called The Hatbox Foundation – a group that provides hand-knit and crocheted hats to cancer patients who have lost their hair during chemotherapy.
She let all of us on the group know how these hats were deeply appreciated. How the hats provide warmth and protection and even comfort from pain.
Well she touched my heart and I knew right then that I was going to do more than merely get the word out about this charity. And so, the Last Chance Charity Knit-Along was born.
This August I’ve committed to only knitting hats for The Hat Box Foundation, and I’ve put out cyber calls to all knitters and crocheters (readers and authors alike) to join me in knitting hats this month. As an inducement, I’m giving away tape measures for anyone who sends me a completed hat by September 9. And for every hat completed, the knitter or crocheter will have a chance to win an advance reader copy of my forthcoming full-length book, Last Chance Knit & Stitch.
I’ve knitted about four hats so far this this month and I cannot tell you how nice it is to be supporting a charity in this way. I love knitting for other people, and knowing that the hats I’m knitting will bring some comfort to someone is a joyful gift — a gift given to me by a reader.
If you’re a knitter or crocheter, I hope you’ll think about making a hat and sending it to me as part of this effort. The mailing address for hats and other details about the knit-along can be found on my personal blog.
If you’re an author and want to contribute books to the giveaway, please contact me here. If you’re not a knitter and want to make a donation, I suggest that you contact The Hatbox Foundation directly, because I’m only taking hat donations.
Yes, I love readers for all the usual reasons. But I also have some pretty terrific people who are my readers and they’ve brought joy to my life in so many other ways, too. I am, indeed, blessed.