Group Of Volunteers Come Together To Support Children Affected By Cancer
The Magic Yarn Project hopes to deliver the dream of magic to brave children fighting cancer. Founded by oncology nurse Holly Christensen, the project makes wigs from handmade, crocheted beanies or hats sent to them by volunteers.
Magic Yarn wigs are made with soft acrylic yarns, and embellished with gems, crocheted flowers, starfish and snowflakes, silk flowers, and nylon/polyester ribbons.
By attaching long strands of yarn and accessories to the beanies, the volunteers style them to look like a variety of princess for the little girls to wear. Currently, they make Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Ariel, and generic “rainbow” wigs. In the future, they hope to also include Jasmine and Belle wigs.
All the embellished crocheted wigs are machine washable and they are delivered to the little patients with a whimsical greeting card. They also include some information about the project for the parents.
As an oncology nurse, Holly Christensen has always held her cancer patients very close to her heart.
In 2014 upon learning that a friend’s daughter had been diagnosed with cancer and would likely be in the hospital for a while, I began to think of what I could do to help bring some magic and light to this little girl’s life during the trying days that I knew were ahead for her.
Knowing how difficult it would be for her to lose her beautiful blonde curls, I made her a Rapunzel yarn wig and sent it in the mail.
She was overcome with joy.
What initially started out as a small project, has snowballed into something much bigger. Holly has been flooded with responses from around the world – both from mothers looking for crocheted wigs for their little girls who have cancer as well as from people wanting to help out.
If you would like to get involved you can find, patterns, how-to-videos, etc. on the website: The Magic Yarn Project.