“Knot For Sale Hats” knitting together kindness across the Tri-Cities community


KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL)- A local organization is hoping to weave kindness in to the community, one knot at a time.

It’s called “Knot for Sale Hats” and its mission is to share the message that someone cares.

Dori Thompson started the organization with a simple goal, “Just to show everybody that we love them and God loves them,” Thompson said.

She just recently learned to knit and after completing her first hat, she gave it away.

“A lady was sitting across from me and she said ‘I love that hat’ and I said ‘here take it’ and that was it, I was hooked,” Thompson said.

That act of kindness has now led to countless others.

Thompson said she first saw this modeled by Lois Gilbert. They met while Gilbert was teaching a knitting class at Oasis in Kingsport. Oasis is a place with free resources and classes for women. Gilbert has been knitting for over 50 years and you can often find her giving hats away to whoever she meets wherever she goes.

“They are so happy and so excited they just aren’t used to people giving them things,” Gilbert said. “I’ve never had a bad reaction.”

That gave Thompson the idea for “Knot for Sale Hats”, an organization that uses hats to show other people kindness.

“Give them a hat, but they can also have a bundle that would have a Bible, maybe some food, maybe some hygiene items, and things like that out of kindness,” Thompson said.

She said she and the volunteers keep bundles in their cars ready to give away.

They also try and connect people with other resources and nonprofits in the area to help meet any other needs they might have.

Right now the Knot for Sale Hats volunteers are working on some special hats for first responders in Kingsport. They are knitting hats to give at a special event Knot for Sale Hats is hosting in November on World Kindness Day. They will provide first responders with hats, teddy bears to give to kids they meet, and a full meal.

“It’s mostly just about the food and thanking them and celebrating their honor, their bravery, and their courage, and all that they do for us here,” Thompson said.

The organization can still use volunteers and donations for the event. You can visit the website here to  find out how you can get involved.

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