The story of one purple hat

When seven-year-old Josey P. set about making her first adult-sized hat on a loom, it only made sense that she'd pick purple yarn. It's her favorite color. When the hat was done, she decided that instead of keeping her first adult-sized hat, she'd donate it to Team Yarn, the organization she's been a part of since it began nearly four years ago. She explained, "I wanted to help somebody."

The seven-year-old added it to the pile of hats at a meet-up one month.

In November, we meet Cindie at the front desk at Our Lady of Peace Home and Hospice. She was staffing the front desk and took our donation. While we were there, she mentioned a friend of hers who was just beginning her fight against cancer. She wished for a hat to give her or a blanket, and asked if we made them to sell. Oh, no! We told her. We make them to give away. And we would be thrilled to give a few to her friend. She arranged to meet up with Amy at her house to go through the hats in our collection, and took one of the blue flower blankets made by Jody Gilbertson, as well.

As Amy turned over the hats Cindie picked to see who had made them, she realized the purple one with the white flower was the hat Josey had created. It was well-made enough that no one would have realized a girl only seven years old had made it.

When Josey heard where her hat had gone, she was thrilled.


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