When you knit for charity, a simple act of kindness means so much. In 2001, Jenny Carp performed a simple act. She knitted a chemo cap for her friend’s twin sister, Jane. What was just a simple act of kindness to Jenny was much, much more to Jane. Jane took the time to tell Jenny how much receiving that cap during her bout with cancer meant to her. That’s all it took.
Knitting Pals by the Bay
Jenny took action and has been knitting up a storm ever since. She was convinced if knitting just one simple cap meant so much to Jane; it would to other cancer patients too. Jenny began searching the Internet trying to find groups that knitted chemo caps and came up short. She found nothing in the West Coast area that met the needs of cancer patients. For over ten years, Jenny taught knitting through a program in her home town of San Francisco. She shared an idea with her group and that’s all it took. This knitting charity has been going strong ever since. They became the Knitting Pals by the Bay and they have knit over 18,200 caps donated to children, teens, and adults from San Francisco to San Jose and Lakeport, California.
How to become a pal
If you are interested in helping out visit Knitting Pals for a free knitting pattern for chemo caps and instructions. There are now knitting pals in several states. Find one of these knitting charities near you today. If you don’t live anywhere near the west coast, that’s okay. They are happy to accept any donations you would like to send them. For a mailing address, contact Jenny. Knitting for charity is such a simple thing to do. Because chemo caps are simple and easy to make, it might not seem like you’re doing much to help others but that simply isn’t the case — just ask Jane. Become a pal today and knit for charity.