Hearts and Hands, 
  a yarn ministry of 
   San Diego Branch Church

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April 2017  A new ministry called Backing the Line, which was founded to provide support and community appreciation to first responders.  Hearts and Hands was asked to make "Thin Blue Line" blankets for a San Diego Harbor Policeman and his wife who are expecting a baby boy and their twin girls.  We crochet a thin blue line into one edge of the blankets.  These pictures are of Chaplain Larry Briggs, the Moen family and Jo Ann presenting the blankets.  What a sweet time we had!

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10 year old Shania and her mother, Rosanna, receive a prayer shawl each.  Shania's second heart transplant is failing but she still has a happy spirit and loved the shawl!  Please keep them in your prayers.

Many thanks to members of this church and especially my little brother Tony Saldivar for all the prayers raised for my husband David and myself (David passed away recently). Tony called me the other day to let me know the Hearts and Hands, a yarn ministry group at this church crocheted and prayed over a beautiful shawl for me. I received the shawl today and wanted to thank you and show you a picture of me wearing the shawl. May God continue to bless this ministry and the good and caring people who made this happen.   Olga

We are blessed to be able to provide prayer shawls for those going through difficult times.

An orphanage in Morelia, MX happy to have the hats made by HnH!

These precious girls are living in a Christian orphanage in India.  They are wearing the headbands that Hearts and Hands made for them.

Our anniversary party.  Some, but not all, of our members.  What a blessing it is to be in service with these awesome people!

At our anniversary celebration, we received a big thank you from MCAS Devilfish squadon for adopting them to provide blankets for new babies born to the military families on the base.  For those that love to make baby blankets, they will keep us busy with an average of 5 blankets a month.  We are very proud so serve those that serve our country!

Also at our anniversary celebration we watched a beautiful video about the mission trip to Alaska and the needs of the children they encounter;  Next year they will be going to Barrow, Alaska, the furthermost northern point and we will also be providing hats for that mission trip!  

New project:  Request has come in to provide 125 hats and scarves for children living on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.  These will be delivered by the Alaska Mission for Christ at the Vacation Bible School in July 2015.  Deadline:  May.  We will need to buy 100% wool for this project, but what a blessing.

Feb 2015:  We delivered 26 crocheted headbands for Harvest Bible Church in Chennai, India.  These headbands will bless rescued and orphaned girls that are under the care and protection of the church.

Here is feedback from our contact at Horizon Christian Fellowship, Fitchburgh, MA where we mailed 54 hats to be passed out in Feb 2015:

"I have kept a few in my car, so if I meet someone who has a need, I can give them one. The others have gone to Athol our home town! We have friends in Salvation Army and they really minister to people in need there. They were overjoyed because they usually get everything second hand... Really a blessing for them! THANK YOU!!! And thank each one who made them! We have had below 0 temps and with wind chill down to minus 30 ... You have no idea how much a beanie helps! Really, THANK YOU!

Really, I wish you could have seen the look on people’s faces when they heard that people in California had made hats for people here! They were shocked! Even our church secretary was overwhelmed with the kindness!”


Baby blankets delivered to Ronald McDonald House Charities, May 31, 2014.

Cancer survivor Bill dropped by to thank us for his blanket.

This blanket was put together in 2 weeks for a critically ill 11 year old girl.  Our prayers go out to her and her family. Warm up America donated the center 9.  Jo Ann added 6 additional - 3 on each end.  Grace made the border.  Betty delivered it.  See more pics in the Special Requests album.

Hats delivered to the homeless last night 1/24/2014.

For Rachel's Women's Center, San Diego

Project Completed!  25 hats and cowl neck scarf sets for Christmas presents requested from Rachel's Women's Center in San Diego.  We actually completed 28 sets.  What a lovely, feminine and warm blessing this will be for the ladies!

Ronald McDonald House Charities

 Blanket delivery September 21, 2013 with some of the volunteers at RMDHC.



Blankets for Orphans in Romania!

We are preparing to start a project making 44 blankets for orphans in Romania.  Find out how you can adopt/sponsor a blanket, or help make them.  Contact me, Jo Ann, at [email protected].  Many blessings!!!!



24 of the 44 blankets have been shipped and we are close to finishing the remaining blankets.  Here are some pictures of the finished blankets.


See more pictures in the photo gallery!





Our creations make it to Peru!

  See more pictures in the photo Gallery.  Thank you Ivy for sharing your trip with us!




Hats and Scarves for Romania

Here are the ladies that shipped our hats and scarves to an orphanage in Romania.  Thanks Gina (on the left) for blessings us with this fulfillment request!


Blankets for the Ensenada House

We are more than half way through making the blankets for Lupita's family in Ensenada.  Yadira finished a color block blanket using the Tunisian Crochet and I finished a crocheted mile-a-minute blanket.  We are using all Vanna's Choice yarn and love it!




Cable stitch on the long loom

Finally!  I've learned the cable stitch on a long loom.  Just like cables on knitting needles it wasn't as scary as I thought.  Thanks to the amazing loom knitting pioneer, Isela Phelps' pattern "Simple Cable Scarf" posted on her website made it easy to learn.







Show and Tell time

We sure have fun being creative!  Here are some pictures of recent projects. 






 Lois made a charming pink and grey poncho for Peru using a wool blend.


















Rita made a poncho of many colors using acrylic.
















  Jo Ann is playing with a new (crochet) hat pattern. 






 Marcy made another crochet hat for Peru using my favorite hat pattern that she uses.








And Christy made an amazing hat using the loom and crochet.  The brim is the "grammy" brim and she crocheted the bottom piece for extra warmth around the back of the neck and ears.  (that picture will be added as soon as I can steal the hat from Rita, who is using it as an example.) 

Blanket night at Emeritus

What a great evening we had passing out the blankets to the seniors at Emeritus!  Thank you Dan and Karl for taking these excellent pictures!


See the reset of the pictures in the photo gallery.




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