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Raising Hope For Others is a local 501(c)3 with the mission to help community members offset overwhelming medical costs. We are specifically helping them with their Leaving A Legacy project.


The Leaving a Legacy project was created in 2017 as a memorial to Patrice Berman's beloved husband, Eddie. Patrice, the Founder of Raising Hope For Others, took her grief and turned it into this project. His giving spirit and compassion for all is reflected in their comfort bags. The charitable bags are given for free to anyone in need of comfort. This serves a local need, bringing neighbors together to support each other during trying times. The contents of each bag are specifically chosen to meet the needs of its recipient. 

 what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Port Pillows
Chemo Caps
Bags (for Women)
Cosmetic Bags

 project must-knows 














1) Tote Bags (Sewn) -  This location will accept most any of our quilting cotton or light canvas tote bag patterns that are approximately 16"x16" to 18"x18" in size. At this time they are requesting fabrics to appeal to women.  Leaving a Legacy reports to us that their favorite tote is the Two Tone Fabric Tote.


2) Heart Hugs - Our little square of love. Please make these with heart buttons or charms so they  have no religious connotations and can be used by anyone for whatever purpose they choose. 

3) Port Pillow - This protective device attaches to the seat belt of the car to soften it when going over where a person's port may be. Stuff them very firm so they do the most good.

4) Cosmetic Bags - Any pattern that will finish at approximately 7"x9" is acceptable to Leaving A Legacy. They do prefer a boxed bottom. They fill the cosmetic bag with smaller items like chapstick and lotion before putting in the tote.  

5) Chemo Caps - (Sewn/Knit/Crochet) We have many wonderful patterns for sewing, knitting or crocheting up soft and comfortable chemo caps. If knitting/crocheting these caps please follow our approved/tested yarn list. It is especially important for the sensitive scalps of a patient going through chemotherapy to get the right kind of yarn. Our Advisory Board spends a lot of time testing yarns so you don't have to. Please trust that they have our recipients best interest at heart. We have a wide selection of yarns at every price point available on our approved list. List available below in our pattern section or by clicking here.

Other Items they collect:

Inside the comfort bags Leaving A Legacy distributes, they include many items that can be found at your local Dollar Store. If you have extra room in your box, maybe you will consider including a few or check around your house to see if you have extras laying around! 

Chapstick, mini hand sanitizer, fuzzy socks, puzzle books, journals, small lotions, mini tissues, note cards, and reusable water bottles. 

Must Knows

 tote bags 


Crafting Change Easy Tote

Our modification of the Green Bag Lady tote provides finished seams and option for longer handles. Serge or Sew!

Crafting Change Super Tote Video

Video Tutorial for this easy tote that uses heavier weight fabric.

DIY Tote-Beginner

Basic lined beginner friendly tote bag

Green Bag Lady Bag

This unlined tote bag sews up super fast!

Martha's Quick & Easy Two-Toned Lined Tote

This is a fast and simple way to make a lined 2 toned tote with french seams

Crafting Change Easy Tote Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for our modification of the Green Bag Lady tote provides finished seams and option for longer handles. Serge or Sew!

Crafting Change Taco Tote

This cute easy to sew tote bag is designed after the popular Burrito Pillowcase.

Earth Day Jean Tote

Easy reusable tote up-cycled from an old pair of jeans

Happy Scrappy Tote Bag & Backpack

Zoom Room recording on how to make the scrappy tote bag and denim drawstring backpack.

Scrappy Taco Tote

Make our Taco Tote using scraps from your previous taco totes or other projects!

Crafting Change Super Tote

Easy tote using heavier weight fabrics.

DIY Simple Jean Tote

Video tutorial for simple jean tote bag

Easy Canvas Tote Bag with Pocket

Super easy tote bag made from a canvas painting tarp!

How To Make Straps

Simple technique to make straps for drawstring backpack

Two-Tone Fabric Tote

Cute two toned fabric totes made two ways


 chemo caps - crochet 

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Recommended & Tested Yarn List for all partner projects


Any Size Shell Stitch Hat

This basic hat uses only a few crochet stitches to make a beautiful cap



This cute brimmed hat is sure to be hit with anyone!


Little Sister's Hat

Quick and easy pattern in 4 sizes for all the sisters in your life


Basketweave Vertical Stripe Cap

Crochet for Cancer Basketweave Vertical Stripe Cap.


Elegant Hat

Hat is worked in continuous rounds and anyone will be lucky to receive it!


Dove & Peacock Chemo Caps

Easy & modern chemo caps


Crochet Chemo Turban

A lightweight hat for the summer months

 chemo caps - knit and sewn 

Knitting Machine

Addi Drop Stitch Scarf

Easy drop stitch scarf for Leaving A Legacy


Christian's Cap

This striped unisex hat is easy to knit!


Boho Beanie/Chemo Cap

This comfortable, elasticated cap won't slip off.


The Turban Project Video Tutorial

Video partner for the Turban Project pattern

All Fiber Arts

Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List for our Partner Projects


Mock J Crew Ribbed Watchman Cap

Comfortable pattern sure to please any head.


"No Pattern" Chemo Cap

Fast, easy to sew or serge no pattern needed!


Daydream Believer Updated Scarf

Easy, fun and popular style of head covering requested by our charity partner.


Glinda's Chemo Hat

This unisex cap is easy to knit!


Knots of Love Geri's Cables

Versatile hat, brim can be worn up or down.


The Turban Project Pattern

The written pattern for the basic Turban Project turban.

  cosmetic bags 


Scrappy Cosmetic Bag

Fun way to use your scraps to make a colorful cosmetic bag

Making A Triangle for The Snappy Sack

Video Tutorial to make the triangle for the Snappy Sack with Carol Grape

So Sew Easy Cosmetic Bag

This fast and easy zippered cosmetic bag is roomy and fun to make! Check out this video tutorial!

Fancy Zipper Bag

A easy to sew cosmetic bag using a lacy zipper that doesn't require a zipper foot!

Snappy Sack

This fun and easy cosmetic style bag closes with a snap bracelet instead of a zipper!

Crafting Change Zippered Cosmetic Bag

Drawn pattern for easy cosmetic bag by Kathy Lawrence

Easy Zipper Pouch by Missouri Star Quilt

A cute zipper pouch when you use custom design zippers that show on the outside of the bag!

15 Minute Zipper Pouch

Fast & Easy cosmetic bag

 heart hugs 


Heart Shaped Heart Hug Template

The heart shaped template for the heart shaped heart hug

Crafting Change Pocket Heart Hug

Easy to craft pocket heart hugs for a non-religious

Heart Shaped Heart Hug Video Tutorial

Beautiful Heart shaped heart hugs quilted, decorative stitched and thoughtfully done.

Video Tutorial Pocket Prayer Quilts

Video Step by Step on how to construct our Pocket Prayer Quilt

Heart Hug Poem

This poem can be printed, laminated and attached to heart hugs for our charity partners.

   port pillows 

Port Pillow with wings by LeSha

Port/PICC pillow with wings by LeSha

Crochet Port Pillow

Crafting Change Port Pillow by Melanie Shovelski


 shipping guidelines 

Ship items whenever you are ready to send them. 

Leaving A Legacy
461 Tennent Road

Manalapan, NJ 07726

If your box will cost you more than $20 to ship, Leaving A Legacy (Raising Hope For Others) is partnered with Give Back Box to get you a $20 UPS label and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth.



After you receive your label, please immediately email Monika and ask for a "fresh" label with an unused tracking number. You will get a new label in 1-2 days. This is the label you should use. If you use the first label you receive, please note that there is a chance the box will not arrive. 

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