Dear, dear hat knitters,

A new year is beginning and I want to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for all your efforts this year -- some of you have knit hats, some of you have organized groups of knitters in your schools, shuls, yarn shops or homes, some of you have bought yarn for knitters or transported hats to Israel on behalf of other knitters. To all of you, I send my deepest, most heartfelt appreciation.

I had no idea when I started knitting a few hats for for one unit of soldiers less than two years ago how this project would inspire hundreds of others around the globe to reach out and express a little warmth for the soldiers who sacrifice daily on behalf of the Jewish people. To date, we have distributed over 5000 handknit hats to Israeli combat soldiers! Every single hat represents a personal connection -- it goes from your kind hands to the head of a cold soldier. There are hundreds more hats in my basement, saved up over the summer and ready to be given out after Rosh Hashanah, as the weather turns colder. And it's all due to you.

I would like to apologize to anyone I may have inadvertently offended or distressed by being slow in writing to you or picking up hats you've sent. The hats project has grown and grown, but my family, home and job still need me the same as ever, so if I've been late in getting back to you, I ask for your forgiveness and understanding.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year, filled with good health, happiness, and peace on our borders.

All the best,
Channah Koppel

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