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Crocheting for various charities

After raising two children to school age, I decided I wanted to get back into needlework, mostly knitting and crocheting, for charitable causes. First I made a baby blanket for my son (who was kindergarten age)!. Then I saw an article about Project Linus and that got me thinking. I began by making a couple of afghans which I later donated along with some other fleece blankets that I helped a Brownie troop make. I also read online about "chemocaps" and began to make crocheted caps for cancer patients that had lost their hair. I found a pattern that had no seam, and have made a few hundred of the caps for various causes. Many of them were donated to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on behalf of the Heather Spohl "no hair day" project (see www.chemocaps.org). I have also donated several crocheted infant caps to the neonatal unit of a local hospital. They are so tiny - I can make one in an hour!

I also like to make other items by hand for other causes. When there is a collection of warm winter clothing for a homeless shelter or other cause, I like to make matching hats and scarves to donate to lend a warm personal touch. I also wish to inspire others to get on the stick and knit or whatever, so if someone sees me working on a hat or scarf, I let them know that there are ways they can contribute. It gives me a great feeling to know I am making something that will help someone else, and it also helps keep me calm and occupied when I am waiting for someone or something or watching TV.

My kids know that I like to make stuff for people, so they now think of projects for me to do. Like making "Harry Potter" scarves for lots of their friends - that kept me busy for a long time!


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