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Care Wear

I am writing about a woman who founded Care Wear in Frederick, MD.,Mrs. Hagerman founded Care Wear in 1991. She began by knitting, crocheting, and sewing much needed apparel for premature and low birthweight infants undergoing treatment in neonatal and intensive care units of hospitals in the Washington, DC, area. Because of the demand for these articles she began to recruit other volunteers to help. Soon the volunteers were nationwide and as of January, 2004, there were 12,500 volunteers working on the project. The list of hospitals has broadened to every state.

By December of 1996, 28,000 hats had been mailed out, and this amount was only the hats that came to Mrs. Hagerman to mail. Many others went directly to hospitals all over the country.

Patterns had to be downsized to fit these tiny babies and Mrs. Hagerman took this on this challenge. She got donations and had pattern booklets printed and passed out to volunteers. Projects now have expanded to cancer patients, homeless people, nursing home residents, anyone needing a helping hand.

Several years on Make A Difference Day, Mrs. Hagerman has held workshops and volunteers came from all over to spend the day working on hats, mittens, booties, medical dolls, chemo hats, lap robes for nursing homes, finger puppets, etc.

Mrs. Hagerman collects donations of money, yarn, needles and supplies and distributes them to volunteers who in turn get their needles clicking. 4-H has been one of the groups helped by this effort. Yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks and supplies were donated by Mrs. Hagerman to help our 4-H Community Service Project. Young people as well as adult 4-H volunteers have been taught to knit and crochet and are working with Care Wear to supply handwork to those in need. Because of Mrs. Hagerman and Care Wear we are involved in a very large service project which has been very successful. Right now 4-H is working on baby hats, chemo hats and IV Covers for various hospital, one of them being Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

Mrs. Hagerman is a one in a million person, always giving and caring.

She can be contacted at the following address
Mrs. Bonnie Hagerman
C/O Hood College
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701
301-696-3550
e-mail hagerman@hood.edu
website http://www.hood.edu/carewear


Sincerely,

Jean Corazza


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