photo by Pamela Howell via San Antonio Times
I am always so encouraged when I hear about charity crochet groups in schools. I think it’s terrific that kids are crocheting. It’s a great craft with numerous benefits for all people. And it’s an easy way that kids can learn to use their own skills to give back to the community. In the most recent case that I read about, a group of Texas middleschoolers are putting their hooks to use to crochet caps for cancer patients.
Nimitz Middle School Crochet Group
San Antonio’s Nimitz Middle School has a crochet group that is led by one of the school’s sixth grade teachers. This group isn’t something that kids get credit for. They volunteer their time after school once a week to participate in it. It’s part of a program called Students Offering Service (SOS) through which the kids can donate their time to a range of different causes. Right now the cause is crochet-related.
Crochet Caps for Cancer Patients
As many crocheters know, a popular way to donate crochet skills is to crochet chemo caps for cancer patients. These soft caps keep the patient warm both literally and figuratively as they go through very tough treatment. The kids from Nimitz started learning to crochet and knit caps in November and are hoping to have more than one hundred caps to donate by next month. The idea to donate caps to cancer actually came from one of the kids in the group who learned about cancer first-hand when a classmate of hers passed away from the disease.
Crocheting Caps Is Fun
Crochet caps are a great charity crochet project. They’re easy to make. They don’t cost a lot because it doesn’t take too much yarn to make one. And they are always needed. The kids from Nimitz are crocheting chemo caps of all sizes. However the kids especially want to make fun and funky caps for kids going through chemotherapy. They may be young but they already know that crochet can go a long way towards putting a smile on someone’s face when they need it most!
Benefit of Yarn Donations
I thought I would point out that this kids’ charity crochet group gets its yarn from donations. Parents donated, of course, as did teachers and others. However, the kids also put up flyers around town and got a lot of yarn donations from their local community. I mention this because we crocheters often tend to hoard our yarn (I know I do) but if you have some extra that you really aren’t going to use and it’s in good shape then you can always donate it to charity crafting crocheters so it goes to a good place!