A few weeks ago I started volunteering for The Magic Yarn Project, which is a nonprofit organization that makes yarn wigs/hats for children with cancer. I feel that it’s karma (or synchronicity or “the powers that be”) that I found out about this organization, as I have experience with the exact things they need help with: designing knit and crochet patterns, making and editing video tutorials, and fundraising and creating infrastructure for nonprofits (my first career was in performing arts management).
Founded by oncology nurse Holly Christensen, the Project started when her friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Holly decided to make the little girl a Rapunzel yarn wig. Her friend was overjoyed to watch her daughter just be a little girl again, twirling around in her princess dress and braid and having fun. This little girl, who had previously been lost in the painful scary world of cancer, found courage embodied by her princess character, and found joy instead of sadness over losing her hair. Word quickly spread on social media and demand for the wigs skyrocketed, and volunteers from all over the world started helping to make the wigs. Now there is also an established program in local women’s correctional facilities to crochet the beanies, providing inmates new skills and a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.
Please consider donating to this organization. We need financial help, as well as people to make the crocheted beanies (knit version coming soon, designed by me!) and knit and crocheted embellishments. We also need decorated envelopes to send notes with the finished wigs. Check out this page for details on items needed.
If you are local, I will be hosting a free meetup group to make the beanies. For others, I will be hosting free online classes and/or Facebook Live videos. If you want to be involved in either of these, please email me and let me know!