Help! I need you to participate in our annual Hat & Scarf Drive

I am writing this post to ask for help.  That’s right, I can’t do it alone.  For over a decade now my husband and I have been supporting the Lily of the Valley orphanages in Mexico.  There are 3 total (so far).  1 is located in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and 2 others are located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.   Each Christmas I like to coordinate a Hat and scarf drive for the children of the orphanages.   This is a chance for children to receive a new hat and scarf set made with love.   This year once again I am running the drive.   We are in need of hats and scarfs for both sexes and for ages Infant to 18 years of age.
You can make any style of hat.  It can be crochet, knit, loom, or sewn.  Our goal is to receive 800 sets.  This will ensure that each child will receive a set.  I would also like to request baby blankets (approximately 33 x 35 inches) or lap afghans for the younger children.  Many people seem surprised to learn that Mexico has some very cold regions.  Not every part is tropical.   I hope you will consider participating.

It seems we always run short of boys hats especially for teenage boys.  I will be accepting donations until the third week of November.  I’m sorry we are not able to guarantee delivery by Christmas for items received after this date.  We need to tag each set with the names of the person who made/donated the items.  If you prefer it would be a great help if you could tag your own sets.  Just attach a tag that says:   From:  you name/city/country

Please mail your donations to:

Yolanda Soto-Lopez

PO Box 211750

Chula Vista, Ca  91921
If you would like to participate but are not able to donate handmade items you can also make money donations directly to the orphanages.  Here are the links so that you can learn more about the orphanages and their mission.    You can donate with checks, paypal or credit cards.

Tijuana :  Click Here

Chihuahua:   Click Here

Lily of the Valley is a non-profit organization and your donations are Tax deductible (USA).  The USA offices are located at:

Lily of the Valley Orphanages

PO Box 2682

Chula Vista, CA  91912

If you would like to watch the video I did today announcing the drive just click on the video below.  Thanks I look forward to your participation.



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16 Responses to Help! I need you to participate in our annual Hat & Scarf Drive

  1. Barbara D'Ambrosio September 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I would love to participate. I also make several items for the homeless and woman’s shelter which includes children where I live, I will make as many as I can for you also.

  2. Elsie Teal September 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Yolanda coutn me in I will be sending hat and scarves soon. You said any style thanks for letting us know.

  3. Mary Dillon ( Josie) October 1, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    Yolanda, you are such a amazing women. I am very happy to make as many as I can . GREAT cause…Thank you for sharing the information and doing all you do…

  4. Belinda McWhorter October 1, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    Count me in Yolanda! You are a blessing to us and them. Thanks for all your tutorials. I’ve wanted to crochet and donate. I was discussing this with my husband recently.


  5. Mary October 1, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Hi Yolanda. I would like to help you out by crocheting a few hats for teenage boys but am not precisely sure what would be best to make. Is there any chance that you could create a link to one of the videos that you have already put on your you tube channel that would be a good example? Thanks!!!

  6. Sonia Villa October 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I would love to help also. ❤️

    • Yolanda October 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm #


  7. Kim Casey October 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    Hi, I participated in this last year. I had been hoping to see some pictures of the kids in their scarves, but I didn’t see it on your site. Did I miss it? I am going to try to do it again this year but have been having difficulty with my hands. So, hopefully I can. Kim

    • Yolanda October 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

      I made a youtube video to announce it.

    • Yolanda October 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

      I posted a video and some fb page photos

  8. Lorena November 5, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Hi Yolanda, I saw your video and blog this past weekend. I started crocheting again a few months back after many years of not crocheting. I will do as much as I can and send them to you. Good cause!

    • Yolanda November 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

      thank you so much

  9. Elizabeth H. November 10, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    Can we make hats and scarfs that are not in sets and are just by themselves? Because I have tons of scrap yarn and I can make lots of hats and scarfs but they will not match. Is that okay? Thank you Yolanda :).


    • Yolanda November 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

      yes of course

  10. Renee Clutter October 15, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    Yolanda are you doing this drive again for 2016?

    • Yolanda October 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      not this year.. we had several family issues that made it difficult to coordinate

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