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While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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The Caring Caps Project

I am the Nurse Educator for Critical Care for Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center in Lorain, OH. We are part of Catholic Healtchare Partners from OH. We are a religious based organization and work very hard at fulfilling our mission of spreading the "healing ministry of Jesus".

With that said, I recently had the opportunity of making a chemo cap for a family member of my Nurse Manager. The gift was so well appreciated that I wanted to do something to provide the same care for others in need. I have only been knitting for a little over a year but I knew that there had to be others within our facility that felt the same way.

Our facility has a beautiful Ireland Cancer Center for the care and treatment of patients with cancer. I put out a notice in our hospital newsletter and started the "Caring Caps" project. To date I have over 15 volunteers that make and donate cancer caps.

We are nurses, receptionists, hospital volunteers, housekeepers, technicians, etc. I was greatly pleased by the positive response I have received. I am still having more and more people volunteer to take part. I collect knit and crochet caps from my volunteers to donate to our patients at the ICC. For the most part, these wonderful people not only donate their time and work but also the materials themselves.

Although our group has only been in place for a little over 6 months now, we have been able, to date, donate over over 120 caps to the patients at ICC.

I am hoping that this project will continue throughout the coming years and that we can provide caps for our patients on a routine basis.

Sincerely,

Jannett D. Ammons, RN
Nurse Educator, CVICU/MICU
Community Health Partners Regional Medical Center
Lorain, OH


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