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C is for …

Charity, Cancer, Comfort Caps for New England. All 3 are connected.

When my mom passed away from Brain Cancer 4 years ago I wanted to do somethinCg for cancer patients going through chemo. A crochet friend of mine made my mom a cap after she had her surgery . And I thought that would be a sweet idea to pay forward.

I looked round a little bit and chose Halos of Hope. I became a partner and started my own chapter for Halos of Hope. It was called Halos of Hope : New England. Halos of Hope was started by Pam Hashke. She won her fight against Breast Cancer and started Halos of Hope. We make and send out caps to cancer centers to hopefully help patients cope with hair loss.

Halos of Hope: NE sends caps to center in all 6 states. Thats lot of caps!

A few months ago I expanded to help more people. But under the Halos of Hope name I couldn’t so I changed my group name to Comfort Caps for New England. I still do my part for HOH and I also help out the homeless and burn victims and Vets going through chemo .

I wish I could do more but for right now  this is all I can do.

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the charity bug

The charity bug bit me a few years ago.  After my mom passed away of a Brain Tumor in March 2011 I wanted to help other chemo patients. I remember my mom mentioning the chemo caps that the ladies were wearing, so i asked a friend of mine who crochets to make my mom a chemo cap.( i didn’t  crochet at the time)  She love it.

That same year that she passed I got into loom knitting and crocheting (my mom taught me to crochet when I was 13 but it never caught on) I started my own small business online called Knits by Erin.

In October of 2012, I found a charity called Halos of Hope. they collect and donate chemo caps . I thought this would be a great way to help out chemo patients around where I live. I became a partner and created Halos of Hope New England. providing all 6 states in NE cancer centers/hospitals with chemo caps. Some times I wish I would of just started small…lol   But I love helping. as I say, I went BIG!

Very recently I started a spin off of Emily’s Hats for Hope Initiative . Emily started helping out the homeless in New Jersey when she was 17. now at 19 ( this Saturday) she has more volunteers in other states and countries helping out the homeless by making hats, scarfs, mittens , blankets, etc.

Ive been waiting for someone to start a Rhode Island spin off. Last week I decided to start the spin off myself with the okay from Emily’s mom.

I don;t really have a back story to share other than I was kinda homeless myself about 5 years ago. I was living in my car for about 3 months. you really know who your friends and family are though these times. 🙂

If you would like to help out either of the charity spin offs I started check out the facebook links below

Halos of Hope New England

Erin’s Hats for Hope Initiative: Rhode Island