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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Why I Do What I Do......

I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I run the 2 charities…….how I got started……why I design hats and blankets and what I ‘get’ from it.  I do it because I think I was meant to do it.  If that makes any sense. 


My poor Mom has tried to teach me to crochet several times over the years.  Each time, I have failed miserably.  It’s not her……she’s taught other people successfully.  It’s me.  Yet, I’d always see how there was a demand for handmade items to help people in various situations.  I do cross stitch, but that doesn’t really have the potential to make a difference.


So, in November of 2009 I decided that I would teach myself how to knit so that I too could make a difference.  I searched for a charity that spoke to me and I found Head Huggers.  My grandfather passed away from a blood disorder when I was in the 6th grade.  My aunt succumbed to breast cancer when I was in the 8th grade.  My friend Patsy’s mom also was a victim of cancer. Father James Tully, a wonderful priest and dedicated friend also lost the battle with cancer, but more recently.  I truthfully do not know anyone who has not had her life touched by cancer in some way.  My years of working in health care made me painfully aware of the extreme stresses of cancer treatment.  I wanted to do something to help make things a little nicer, maybe give a little cheer to those dealing with this disease. 


Sue Thompson, who started Head Huggers asked me to start a splinter group to serve the Delaware area………….and that’s how this all started. 


Kozy Kovers for Kids began when a woman who was making hats for DEHH asked me if Delaware had any type of program that gave blankets to foster children.  I researched it, learned that we did not and stepped in to try to fill a void.  Foster children often have absolutely nothing of their own.  When I think about all I have and all that my son has, it was a simple thing to realize that this too needed to be done.  As I reached out to various agencies and organizations, I realized that there are so many children in need, entering our hospitals, battling abuse and neglect that even if I had a never ending supply of blankets, there would still be children who needed one.  So, we do what we can and hope that it makes a difference.


I design hats because I have fun!  I get bored with the same patterns and see an opportunity to create new things that can help.  I share the patterns because the hats (and the blankets) are meant to comfort and bring hope……….and that should be shared!  I truly believe that my second grade teacher Carolyn, a wonderful friend who passed away this past year from a rare blood disorder is responsible for a lot of my creativity.  She always pushed me as a student to be more creative and I know that she would be so happy with what I am doing.  So I guess maybe I do it for her too. I’ve actually had dreams about both her and Father Tully lately.


I am in amazement at how many wonderful, talented and special people I have met through these organizations.  I’ve made friends with people I never would have had the opportunity to meet and I’ve learned so much.  Yes, shipping and supplies cost money and yes, there are things that I skip buying so that all the items that come in can be sent to where they are needed.  I do that because I want to do so.  It is a way I can remember the people I have loved so dearly and lost as well as a way to help others who are going through treatment or suffering in some way. 


Children should be happy and healthy………unfortunately, that is not always the case.  If a blanket can give a little comfort, then I’ll keep on making blankets. 


Cancer is a brutal disease that too many people have to battle.  If a hat can give a little cheer or a little hope, then I will continue to knit hats too.


I’ve got a tremendous amount to be grateful for in my life and this is a tiny way I can give a little bit back. 


The wonderful people who help me by knitting and supporting my two ‘babies’ all do so for their own reasons I am sure.  But, I know for certain, that each one is a strong, compassionate and loving person who is doing it for all the right reasons too.




Remember, all are welcome to join us in some way - we love to see new people and are grateful when more people hear about us.  So, spread the word!  And, as always, if you or anyone you know is in need of chemo caps, please feel free to contact me directly at and I will be happy to ship some out.  If there is a chemo center that is near and dear to your heart and you think they could use some hats, let me know and I will ship a box off to them.  This is what we do!!

Delaware Head Huggers  

Kozy Kovers for Kids

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