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Multi-purpose Kick Off Luncheon Centerpieces

Because I’m still  on all the things the Silly Hats & Caps have done to help JDRF and the Type 1 Community, this is one of the first things that we were asked if we could help with by our Orange County Chapter.   (You may have seen the picture in one of my earlier posts because the centerpieces were re-used as Promise To Remember Me Leave Behinds too!)

I guess the word had gotten out that some of us Silly Hats were kind of crafty and the Walk Committee was wondering if we could come up with an inexpensive centerpiece for the Walk Kick Off Luncheon!  We talked about ideas the next couple of weeks at our Tuesday breakfasts.  In one of our shopping excursions a couple of us had seen some flowers made out of material that were pretty cute and decided to make something similar to that.

We also decided we wanted to make them a little more personal.  Since at JDRF their “Promise to Remember Me” campaign was in full swing and we are in the process of meeting with members of congress in hopes of putting faces to this crappy disease, we decided to put pictures of some of “our” adults and children living with Type 1 as the center of the flower!

One of our walk sponsors is Ascics shoes and along with giving many pairs to walkers who earned a certain amount of money by a certain date, they had also given the chapter about 30 mis-matched tennis shoes.  What a perfect vase!!

Here in Orange County we have quite a few “JDRF Youth Ambassadors”, young kids with Type 1 Diabetes that volunteer to attended various public events, so we used pictures of them and our Children’s Congress kids…and I copied  pictures of some of our adults from facebook and since “amazing race” winner and Type 1 Diabetic Nat Strand is also one of our own and our Celebrity Walk Chair this year..her face went on a flower as well!

This awesome group of Silly Hats & Caps then divvied up the work to be done and we had our first project off and running!

  • We cut flower centers out of felt in the four walk colors
  • We cut hundreds of squares of all different patterns of material (each flower takes 6 4” x 4” squares)
  • We cut green leaves
  • We hand gathered the material squares and glued them together
  • We painted the tennis shoes bright “walk” colors
  • We printed, cut out and added the pictures to the flower centers
  • Arranged them all into 30 centerpieces and delivered them to the walk committee in plenty of time for the Kick Off Luncheon!

And the finished project looked like this:  

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Strike Out Diabetes!

Oh my gosh, have I have a major senior moment!!  As I was writing about all the activities that the Silly Hats and Caps have been up to, I realized that I had totally forgotten to tell about our very first event!

Silly Hats & Caps was created around April of last year.   We had started meeting every Tuesday morning for breakfast and  we had been talking about what we might be able to do to help spread awareness of Diabetes, the need for a cure and how we could bring more people with diabetes together (as you know, there is strength in numbers!).

One morning I got a phone call from my girlfriend and she asked me if I had seen the  latest GROUPON offer!  I hadn’t, but I went to my computer and opened it while I was on the phone with her and there it was!   A great opportunity for a low cost get together, a 2 for 1 bowling package and a really great deal.  So each of us 3 original Silly Hat & Caps couples,  bought 2 groupons and we were on off and running!

From the very beginning of our family’s “D Journey” the name of our family walk team has been “Strike Out Diabetes”.  Strike out as in baseball, but hey…it works for bowling too!

Our local chapter shared the details of our event in their newsletter and posted it on facebook and we, of course, shared the date with our friends and family.

The day finally came…we took our groupons, our helium balloons, some JDRF literature and off to the bowling alley we went!

I’m sorry to say we didn’t have one person other than our 3 families show up for the event…but boy did we have fun!

All three of us Silly Hats & Caps couples had 3 generations represented!!  How very cool is that!! Us grandparents, our children and our grandchildren had a blast!

And in addition to that, what made it all worthwhile????  We’d been bowling about 20 minutes and a man had seen our JDRF balloons and came over to ask about our group.  He approached my daughter in law and said “I saw the balloons..you’re with JDRF? We’re having my son’s birthday party here…my son has Type 1 .”   That was her opening for further dialogue!!  She introduced herself to him and his wife, met the birthday boy and shared with them, her story of living with a child with Type 1 Diabetes.   Robby  met them as well, and told the family how diabetes has not held him back from doing anything he wants, including playing college baseball at a division 1 school!  He and his mom also told them what an important role JDRF has played in our lives since his “D”iagnosis!

Our first official event and we were able to achieve our goal…Have fun while laughing, chatting and helping spread awareness of Diabetes and the need for a cure!  And in addition, we were able to introduce another family to JDRF!!

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Silly Hats and Baseball Caps


As you may have figured out, JDRF’s Government Day 2011 really put a BEE IN MY BONNET!

Right before I attended Government Day, I was laid off from a job I had been at for almost 13 years.    Being a, not quite old enough to retire grandma, people aren’t exactly knocking down my door to offer me a job!!  I was used to working 10 to 12 hours a day and I need something to keep me busy.  ENTER THE D.O.C!!!

For several years my girlfriends and I had talked about joining the Red Hat Society!  For those of you who don’t know what that is, “The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.”

However, it was a little more structured than we really wanted or had time for and since many of us have been married to our high school sweethearts for almost 50 years and we are all are used to doing almost everything together…We decided we wanted to include our men in the get togethers!!   We wanted to meet often, look silly, laugh, love and we also knew we wanted to have a purpose!!

I have some of the most wonderful friends and because they all know of my passion to find a Cure for Diabetes, this has become their passion as well!  Hence…we now have “OUR PURPOSE”!
Some of the issues we are hoping to address include:
  • Like so many seniors, we are on limited incomes and we can not give money in a “big” manner, but want to help
  • There are many families that are struggling with the financial needs  living in So. California and then add to that, dealing with the health issues of a Type 1 child on a daily basis, not only is their time limited, so are their pocket books, but they too want to help
  • There are thousand of Adult Type 1’s out there, many of whom are struggling with health insurance, unemployment, young families,  health issues and a need to belong, but they too want to help
  • What can we do to get our legislators to understand the importance of better treatment and A CURE for Diabetes.  How do we get them to “get it”!!!
We had our first meeting Tuesday at one of the best good old-fashioned  drug stores in the country established in 1918.
Watson’s Drugs
at the Circle in Orange!!
YEP!!  WE LOOKED SILLY!!
But we had such a good time!!  People actually stopped by our table just to chat, and reminisce  and join in the fun!  We already have set a date for a softball tournament and have decided we will meet every Tuesday, same time, same place.  Some times there will be more of us and sometimes less…But at the very least, we will have an excuse to get together and along the way, we will be doing what we can to help the Diabetes Community.

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