I’ve been a huge fan of Delaware Head Huggers for years. This is primarily because Robin Agar, its leader, is a talented knitting designer who often posts free chemo cap patterns on her blog, Knitting for Schnapps. I frequently link these in the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter because they’re so cute. I recently realized that while I’ve written about Delaware Head Huggers in the KNN, I’ve never featured this group here on Knitting for Charity. So I’ll do so today, and I’ll be sharing a new program that Robin is launching as well! This chapter of the national group Head Huggers (featured just last week on Knitting for Charity) has been distributing caps since November 2009. As of this writing, Delaware Head Huggers has collected 17,566 caps and delivered them to a variety of treatment centers all over Delaware. Oh, and in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York…you get the idea. (Yes, Delaware Head Huggers likes to share the wealth among other states!) Robin runs a sister program as well called Kozy Kovers for Kids. This program collects handmade blankets and offers them to children entering the Delaware foster care system. As of this writing, over 1,800 blankets have been collected and given to many different organizations that serve foster children.
How You Can Help
If you live in or near Delaware, you can of course knit hats or blankets for either of these two programs. As I mentioned earlier, Knitting for Schnapps houses her adorable free hat patterns. You can also purchase Robin’s new e-Book, Inspired Hope, which offers a collection of her patterns, through Ravelry. All proceeds will go towards defraying the costs of running Delaware Head Huggers. Check out the Delaware Head Huggers website for guidelines, a submission form, drop off locations, and more. If you would rather make blankets, be sure to check out the Kozy Kovers for Kids website for guidelines, drop off locations/submission information, and more. Robin has also recently started a new program called Operation Bottle Beanies. She came up with the idea after hearing of a similar program in the United Kingdom called The Big Knit. The idea is to knit tiny beanies that will fit on top of bottled Fifer Orchard products sold at the Fifer Farm Store in the fall, from September to December 2015. The beanies cost $1, and 100 percent will go towards helping the homeless in Delaware keep warm in the winter. Check out the details of this particular program right here. While the program is strictly for Delaware now, Robin hopes that she can take the program nationwide in the future. So knit for Delaware Head Huggers, Kozy Kovers for Kids, and/or Operation Bottle Beanies, and you’ll have a chance to help a lot of people in many different ways in Delaware – and beyond!