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Beverly's Story -- Crocheting Chemo Caps for Cancer Patients

Share Your Story: Crochet Enthusiasts Share Their Experiences With Crocheting for Charity

By Beverly Garrett

What Types of Items Do You Crochet for Charity?

I have been crocheting for many years. But while my husband was in the hospital in January and February of 2009, I got started making hats for cancer patients. Since then, I have made over 300. I enjoy crocheting and have given this hats to various organizations such as CARTI, and several onologist's offices. I also have some friends that have gone through cancer treatments and I make sure they have some hats. My daughter in law works for Hospice and I have given her some for her work. I just feel good about the fact that I can help someone.

Which Organization(s) Do You Donate Crocheted Items To?

CARTI, Hospice units, and onologist offices. CARTI is based in Little Rock, Arkansas and my daughter works there. They have offices all over Arkansas. This is for adults and children. I especially enjoy seeing patients light up when they receive a hat. They don't just get one, they get at least 3. "One to wear, one to wash, and one to have."

Hospice units based out of Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas and various dr offices in Benton and Little Rock. that treat cancer patients.

Advice

  • Just make sure you use yarn that is soft and pleasing to the touch. A variety of colors that can go for men, women, boys and girls.

Have Your Experiences All Been Positive?

Oh, yes, I enjoy seeing the smiles when I give them out.

Are There Any Pitfalls to Be Aware of?

none that I can think of

Which Yarn(s) Do You Use When Crocheting for Charity?

I like to use the "I love this yarn" from Hobby Lobby. It is very soft and washes great.

Where Do You Acquire the Yarns?

Hobby Lobby and walmart

Amy Solovay, About.com Crochet, says:

Thanks for the info, Beverly!

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